Giving up on Books

24 05 2011

I have been doing a lot of reading lately, actually, who am I kidding, I always read a lot.  My point being I read a lot, and I hate giving up on books, I would rather read them one at a time from start to finish (not in one sitting). 

I have a problem with leaving books unfinished, I just don’t like doing it.  I would rather an unsatisfactory ending than just stopping half way through, but there are just some that I have to.

I can think of 3 in particular Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Berniere, Moby Dick by Herman Melville and On the Road by Jack Kerouac.  Both books that appear in must read lists, but both that I have had to give up on because they have just bored me senseless.  I spent a month on “On the Road”, getting half way through where I realised that I had wasted my time, I wasn’t enjoying the book and never would.  It is full of people making strange noises, mind you, that is just one of my bug-bears with the book.

I like lots of different types of book, and have read plenty of classics in my time, so don’t think I have an aversion to them, but I do feel guilt about not finishing these books, but should I?  I guess that is the question.  Shall I stay happy with my decision to give up on these books, or shall I leave the Book marks in and go back to them?



24 05 2011

I have just come back from a week in France, but to be honest, I don’t really have that much to repot.  It was nice and relaxing, apart from the first day (after a night on a ferry with no sleep) where we rushed around the D-Day beaches, to give H a brief over-view of what happened.  To be honest, touring those sites is emotionally draining, especially after no sleep. 

After that we went down to our farmhouse in Hirel on the Baie de Mont St Michel.  Just across the road from the beach, the house was large enough to sleep about 20, and incredibly comfortable.  We went to Mont St Michel on one of the days, but the main thing was the food and wine.  We ate far too much (mainly seafood) and drank too much too, but we were also quite active, going for long walks on the beach and bike rides.

We had oysters straight from the quayside at Cancale, and mussles from the bay, as well as the best piece of Pork that I have ever had (the cheek, cooked in local cider). 

All of my Photo’s are on Flickr, and I will add some to my photo blog in the next week.

Good stuff.  I did add another couple of books to my reading list though:

Cant be Arsed by Richard Wilson

The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell

John Carter of Mars

10 05 2011

Most people will have heard of Edgar Rice Burroughs, or at least his most famous creation, Tarzan.  Most people probably won’t of heard of his John Carter series of books.  Written in 1912 they are so far ahead of their time, and now I have read the first one, I can see so many references in Sci-Fi Books and films.

The story revolves around John Carter, a Soldier from the American Civil war, who after being chased by Indians, ends up in a mysterious cave where he succombs to a Green Gas.  He then wakes up on Mars, where because of the gravity differences he has almost super powers (the ability to jump 200 feet and super strength), which he puts to good use to fight the Green Men of Mars and rescue the Princess of the Red Men (its what they are called in the books), Dejah Thoris.

This is a really great Sci-Fi book, and luckily I have the next 4 to read (out of 12) which took me a long time to track down.  This book has also been rumoured to be in production to be made into a film, but so far it hasn’t happened.  Personally I think it would be great, but the problem being the references that other films have taken from it.  You can guarantee that people would think that it has copied bits from the Star Wars films (Desert Planets, Riding Huge animals, Flying sand barges) Avatar (Massive forest like plants and 15 foot tall characters), even some of the super hero characters.

Still, it would be nice to see.