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 Well, hi there. I know, uhm, no one's posted here for nearly nine months, but, new year and all that... thought I'd see if anyone was still out there :)

I saw the new Sherlock Holmes film, which, regardless of my reaction to it, made me realize that I've really read very few of the original stories. I know a lot about the character essentially through osmosis--he's such a part of the collective unconscious, I have really picked up enough details to scrape by without having actually read any stories. It's really silly; I love mysteries, and I love the characters. I determined to solve this problem posthaste. Then I got my hands on a thirteen-hundred-page volume of the Complete Sherlock Holmes, and now I find myself a little overwhelmed.

Where would you start? Should I just read it cover-to-cover? I usually don't when I read short story collections; does it matter what order I read them in? What is your favorite Sherlock Holmes story?

April(ish) Reading

Right-o. Things have been quiet around here, but once again a month has passed, and I love to see peoples' reading logs. So, what did you read in April? Remember, we're pretty flexible in terms of what "counts" so list away! If you see something on another's list that interests you in some way--ask about it or engage them in conversation.

Also, if anyone wants to post discussions on their own, please do. Or reviews of particular books. Or, really, whatever.
As you probably know by now, I like to see what people have been reading, and enjoy a little discussion each month or so. It's a good way to get ideas of what to add to your own list (and sometimes, what not to add to your list). So, what did you read in February and March? Remember, for the purposes of discussion, reading done for class absolutely "counts". You can decide to write a little blurb for each selection you read, or you can choose my lazy route and wait for people to inquire--your choice.

I'll post my own list in comments.

Reminder: Voting, Discussion: Poetry

Voting
Just a reminder that we have an application up that needs some more votes (especially if you asked a question).

cetacea: APPLICATION

Please take a moment to read the application, the questions, and the responses, and to place your vote.

Poetry
Recently I've been reading poetry again. I've been thinking a lot about volumes of poetry as a whole, in addition to the strength of individual poems. This means, that at the moment, I'm interested in finding non-anthologized volumes of poetry. I was wondering if any of you have suggestions. Or perhaps, you'd like to share volumes that you didn't like--because sometimes it's helpful to know where not to spend one's time.
1. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
2. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
3. The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
4. Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
5. Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore
6. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
7. The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb
8. Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut
9. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life by Charles Darwin
10. Cabal by Clive Barker
11. The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
12. The Monsters of Morley Manor by Bruce Coville
13. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
14. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
15. The Stranger by Albert Camus
16. Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier
17. Against Method: Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge by Paul Feyerabend
18. His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
19. Knowledge and Social Imagery by David Bloor
20. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Mod Vacation

Hello, just a heads up that I'm going to be out of town for a week, and I'm not sure whether I'll have a chance to do modly things during that time. (This especially holds true of approving membership and dropping applications). Feel free to post discussions or whatnot in my absence! Thanks.

"The Classics"

My day is going by slowly. Thus, in order to alleviate some boredom, I thought that a discussion might be nice. I want to talk about "The Classics" as in those books that are part of "The Western Canon." Those works of "Literature" that are widely and generally understood to be "Very Important Books" that people ought to read (and are often required in school). The books that often get referenced in other books, that have taken on their own mythological status in the popular imagination.

What are some of your favorites? What ones do you find tedious, boring, dull, obtuse, bland, or otherwise unappealing? What makes a book one of "The Classics"? What ones have you not read yet, but desire to do so? What ones do you need some heavy convincing in order to tackle?

Basically, this is a rather open discussion. So long as you can connect your comments back to this general theme, feel free to post away.

Voting Reminder

This is just a quick reminder before I head to work that goneril's application needs some more votes. If you asked a question, please remember to go back and place your vote. And, even if you haven't posed a challenge, you are still welcome to vote on the application.

Feb. 9th, 2009

01. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
02. Blindness by Jose Saramago
03. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin
04. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
05. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
06. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
07. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
08. Rapture by Carol Ann Duffy
09. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
10. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
11. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
12. After Dark by Haruki Murakami
13. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
14. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
15. The Outsiders by SE Hinton
16. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
17. Time's Arrow by Martin Amis
18. Strangers by Taichi Yamada
19. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
20. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Monthly Round-Up

I always love to see what people have been reading. So, here's a chance to share what you read in January (and I suppose this first week of February if you so choose). It doesn't really matter to me if you read it for class or for fun--share it all, because, really, this isn't serious business.

My modest list is:
Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
Persepolis 2, Marjane Satrapi
What It Is, Lynda Berry
Art Objects, Jeanette Winterson
Killing Rage, bell hooks

Also, a couple of reminders while I'm here:
o1. We've got 2 applications up for voting. here and here.

o2. Top Five Short Stories discussion could use some love.