Thursday, February 23, 2006

February/March reading pile

Here's what is on my immediate reading pile:

The Shroud of the Thwacker by Chris Elliott. I'm halfway through this farce and it is classic Elliott. Very absurd, but laugh-out-loud funny.
The Da Vinci Code (Illustrated Edition) by Dan Brown. This is one of those cultural phenomenons that I've been feeling left out of, like the whole Harry Potter thing. Unlike the boy wizard, I actually have an interest in this book, based on raves from my family and my general interest in conspiracy theories. I also want to read it before the movie comes out.
Angels & Demons by Dan Brown. I'll read this prequel only if I enjoy the above book.

And stuff that I've been periodically leafing through:

On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee. This book about the history and science behind, well, food and cooking is really interesting. And thorough. I mean, there's 50 pages devoted to eggs.
The Message Remix by Eugene H. Peterson. Any translation of the Bible endorsed by Bono's gotta be good, right? Right?


jasdye said...

I love Peterson and the Message. as a regular Bible reader, i enjoy it and appreciate this paraphrase the more i read it - with or without bono's approval.

on the other hand is that pile of vile crap - unbelievable from first to last - that is dan brown's writing. i'm constantly amazed that anyone buys his lame-ininity.

spydrz said...

I never thought I'd need to read Da Vinci, but there it was at the WHSmith's in Heathrow, and I had ₤10, and it was in paperback...well, I read it all on the flight. It's acceptable IF you read it as a thriller/suspense type of book. I did enjoy reading about some of the places I'd been, so that helped. I'm not sure I'll go see Mr. Hanks' rendition. Haven't decided yet.

Law Fairy said...

I've heard that Angels & Demons is the better book. I haven't read Da Vinci Code yet (only a few chapters in), but I really enjoyed Angels & Demons. It's more escapist and "neat" (in the sense of things working out *just so*) than is realistic, but I'm sure that's a big part of its mass appeal.

jasdye said...

sorry about my rant earlier (not sorry enough to delete it), but it's just that brown's little marketing gimmick sometimes riles me up.

i'm done pooping all over the place. for now.

Micah said...

No problem. MW is a marketplace of ideas (and somewhere I can post pictures of attractive women once a week).

I'm going to read the book as a work of fiction; not seeking some deeper truth. After all, a good story is a good story.

But, then again, Harry Potter did turn me on to witchcraft (just kidding - never read the books/seen the movies).

jasdye said...

i really have no opinion on Harry "Lovecraft" Potter. haven't seen the movies or the books. just not interested. don't get other christians who turn their noses down at the books - to say the least - yet love C.S. Lewis' "Chronicles of Narnia."

MicahWorld: A better space for a better tomorrow - and a place to post pretty babes. Yeah, has a certain ring to it, no?

jasdye said...

oh, and congratulations on having a foodbook that's not a rachel ray.

Anonymous said...

Hey, remember the 11th subcommandment; thou shalt not speak ill of Rachel Ray!

jasdye said...

hey, i'm just giving him props for his courage. micah's going against the flow.

Micah said...

jasdye and THSE - I actually have more books by Emeril than Rachel (4 to 1). But hers is the only one I read by myself in my basement, not cooking.

The pride of my collection is the autographed (!) Isaac Hayes soul food cookbook.

kate - The flowery language in the King James Version has its place, but I do like this "paraphrasing" of the Bible. At least it wasn't written in "text message" and emoticon talk.