archersangel: (books)
for a while now i've wanted to read a book on/about each of the US presidents. i had read a truman biography by david mccullough a few years ago & liked it. but had been not really "into" reading stuff about the rest of the presidents.

however, this year with my book lender (formally booksfree) want to read list getting shorter i decided to give it a go. the problem is that for the more obscure presidents they don't have anything if you just search by name, sometimes it was just a collection of speeches they did, & even with looking stuff up on amazon & then looking to see if they have it, i only have 15 titles so far.

that said, there are 3 US presidents i'm not interested in reading about (the best president ever reagan, bush sr. & jr.) so that is 3 less i have to look for.

i have the first one (about washington) on the to-be-shipped list but it's a "rare book" so it might be awhile before i get it.

and it might take me longer that a year to do this.


presidental books by number )
archersangel: (life sucks)
i decided to keep track of the books that i read this year, just to see how many i read. here are the stats.


books by the numbers )
archersangel: (books)
i'm not doing any challenge (50 books or 100,000 pages) i just want to keep track of what i read, for once. also over on live journal there's community called [livejournal.com profile] bookish where someone mentioned reading books set in, or having some of their action take place in another country. so i'm going to try to keep track of those as well.
if you look any of these up on amazon.com or similar sites, beware of possible spoilers.

nothing as of yet. watch this space for details.

books by month )

around the world by book )
archersangel: (books)
most of the books in the first north americans series have similar plot devices; there's a tyrant (or two) who wants to be king over all they see. he often abuses Power (sort of an universal life force similar to The Force) & throws it out of wack. there's one that stands against him, usually male & a Dreamer (someone in tune with Power), who then brings everything back into balance.
each book focuses on a different native american culture and are set anywhere from 13,000 B.C.E to 1300 A.D. there's details about what clothing was worn, what food was eaten, what the dwellings looked like & what some of their rituals were. the authors are archeologists, so you can be sure that most of the details are accurate, up to the time the book was written. (other information could've been found later that contradicts something. i don't know) the first chapter of every novel is set in modern times and deals with some form of clash between native american culture (involving archeology) and the modern world.

but this novel is different; it's a murder mystery.


all sorts of spoilers )
archersangel: ("normal")
until the movie came out a few years ago i didn't know that anne boleyn had a sister named mary. or a sister at all really. i knew what most of us know; anne was the second wife of henry the 8th who he broke the church of england away from from rome to wed her. mother of the future queen elizabeth the 1st and was beheaded by henry for not giving him a son. although he used the excuse of witchcraft & adultery with several men, one of whom was her own brother!

as to who the title, the other boleyn girl, refers to; it varries. when mary was the kings favorite, anne was. when anne was favored, mary was.

is it spoilers if it's history? )
archersangel: (books)
warning! spoilers for all the fleming bond novels & most of the bond movies.

first off; i've only read the fleming bond novels (& a couple of the more recent movie novelizations), i don't know if this makes me a purist, or an elitist snob.


pushing the post word limit )
archersangel: (history)
one of those books that could benefit from being about 100 pages shorter. i won't spoil, but it ceased to be interesting about half-way through. it didn't help that the POV kept changing with every chapter. if it were just the 2 main characters, i wouldn't mind so much. but there were 6 or 8 (i lost track) & it really bugged me.

this was based on true events so if you want to know more about the battle of franklin, tennessee, carrie mcgavock or the mcgavock confederate cemetery at carnton go read a non-fiction book.
archersangel: (archaeology)
you may have heard about this story of a woman who, disguised as a man, rose to the rank of pope in the 800s. then died or was killed after giving birth during a procession to a church in rome. of course the story was suppressed & joan (or john as she was known) was removed from the list of popes.
a bit of background here; it was very crappy to be a woman in this time period (in a lot of them actually) but during this era known by many as the dark ages (some prefer early middle ages) women were treated worse than animals. their husbands or fathers could beat them & rape was considered a minor theft. the belief was that the size of a woman's brain & uterus were directly proportional, the more that a woman learned & the biger her brain got, the smaller her uterus got and then she couldn't have any children. the use of medicines was viewed as witchcraft, especially if administered by women. any knowledge from the greeks was dismissed because it came from "heathens." bathing was almost unheard of, bloodletting was a popular cure & prayer the answer to almost anything. to quote daniel in the episode demons; well, they didn't call them the dark ages because it was dark.
some would argue that there were some bright spots during this time. it's like the night sky, there's some stars & sometime the moon shines, but let's face it, it's dark.

netflix has a documentary called the dark ages, which i recommend

the long, spoiler filled synopsis & review )
archersangel: ("normal")
in short; if you liked the nanny diaries, you'll like this book.
like the nanny diaries this is a fictionalized look at the world of movie agents told from the first person. a world of crazy agents, spoiled stars & sleazy producers.

BTW the character of scott wagner is described as having wild hair, and for that reason alone i think in the movie he should be played by joe flanigan.

WARNING! this book contains a lot of adult language. if you don't like that sort of thing, this is not the book for you.

spoiler-ish stuff ahead;


will they get scarlett johansson for this too? )

progress?

May. 3rd, 2010 10:28 pm
archersangel: ("normal")
as of today i've read 23 books, all or part of 16 take place in another country.

i'm on season 8 of stargate, with like 12 days to go before hulu takes them down
archersangel: (like the movies)
this is the bio of deforest kelly. an interesting read, not only for fans of the original series, but for fans of old hollywood.

some spoilers for the book )

for a good pick spam on deforest kelly, check out this one done for his 90th birthday by [livejournal.com profile] majestic_shriek 


archersangel: (tv)
more than 95% of what i read is fiction, mostly mysteries & sci-fi, the non-fiction included behind the scenes of tv shows & movies as well as biographies. not sure if that includes my textbooks from school. some of those might have been fictitious, or at least somewhat confused. i find that i prefer some mix of fiction in with the fact, historical fiction; the phillipa gregory tutor series & the like. that's what drew me to this novel. there was an actual "biograph girl" florence lawrence who was the first female movie star & one of the first victims of movies star fame as well. when after being away from the movies for a few years, she found parts hard to come by. reduced to being an extra at MGM, she killed herself at the age of 52.
spoiler-type stuff )

archersangel: ("normal")
i won't write about all the books i read this year, but felt the need to write about this one.


this is a vampire book, which i never read, but if you took the vampire theme out of it & made it about a search for atlantis or something it would be just as good IMHO. 900 pages was a bit much though even at half that length it would've been fine or even just 300 pages shorter.
SPOILERS! )

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