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~生まれた町で夢見てきた...~
"In the city of my birth, I had a dream..."
I feel like I'm commuting to work and back, but, really, it's all for the books! XD 
17th-Aug-2005 09:15 pm
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Just as I said I would, I went home to Somerville and picked up my copies of Tsubasa and XXXHolic and then went to Barnes & Noble to pick up the rest of the Del Rey editions. (My debit card is screaming in agony right now; I decided to stop buying the English versions when it became clear that they sometimes sport inferior picture quality. $10.95 is just too much--especially when I can buy the deluxe editions of Tsubasa for 1600 yen. I need them now to check romanizations and the like. Thankfully though, the pain is temporary, as I will return the books after this week.) In any case, I also picked up the hardcover edition of Baudolino by Umberto Eco from the Bargain Books section. Though I'd really like to read In the Name of the Rose...

Upon returning to Long Valley, I decided to take a break from Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey in favor of a short sci-fi novella:

Minority Report by Philip K. Dick
Raise your hand if you've seen the Tom Cruise film. Okay, hands down. Now, raise your hand if you've read this novella. Anybody? Hmm. Probably not as many. Well, if you know that Dick is also the author of the novel that would become Blade Runner then you might not be surprised when I tell you that Minority Report the novella is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. In almost every way, save for the premise that crime is being prevented by three precogs who predict murders before they happen. The story was first published in 1956, and as one might expect from speculative fiction of that period, it celebrates the mechanization of human existence and the use/abuse of human beings in this system. Also of maintaining order at the expense of individual autonomy. The greatest distrust is directed toward hunger for dominance in the military; clearly, the wounds of WWII are still quite fresh. Compare this to the film, with its tremendous distrust for psychic phenomena and the mechanization of human existence. I'd like to think that our society has progressed enough since 1956 in that we by default endow all people, even mentally disabled or "different" ones, with full humanity, at least in theory. The film would not work on the emotions of its audience, otherwise. I'm trying to decide, from the lens of nearly 50 years, if the novella was intended to be sinister or not. I can't for the life of me tell whether the intent is literal or ironic. The edition I procured, from Pantheon Books, is hardcover and quite attractive, its pages bound from a spine at the top of the book instead of the left. In any case, quite the thought-stimulating read, and it would have been even more so had I not seen the glossy and utterly fantastical Hollywood movie. Well worth the read; it makes me eager for my upcoming Science Fiction class and Blade Runner, which is to be assigned during the semester.
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18th-Aug-2005 02:00 am (UTC)
Kushiel's Chosen doesn't really go anywhere, I dont blame you. :(
18th-Aug-2005 02:01 am (UTC)
Lemme make an educated guess: Melisande makes an unlikely Great Escape a second time? ^^;
18th-Aug-2005 02:44 am (UTC)
At the end of Chosen? No. ^_^ But her son is nowhere to be found.
18th-Aug-2005 02:44 am (UTC)
Then again, the only reason I sat through Chosen was to see Hyacinthe's situation covered in Avatar. XD
18th-Aug-2005 11:19 am (UTC)
*groans* That's not resolved by the second book? That's a part of how the second book starts! Doesn't sound like very good pacing...
18th-Aug-2005 12:18 pm (UTC)
Heh heh heh...I told you I wasn't overly fond of the second book - there are reasons for that.
18th-Aug-2005 12:20 pm (UTC)
Well, as I said in my comments on the first book, what I'm most "not fond of" is the fact that Phèdre miraculously never gets pregnant during her many "contracts" even though there doesn't seem to be any birth control in this world!
20th-Aug-2005 03:42 am (UTC)
I always assumed that it was by the choosing of the Gods and Demigods that she never got pregnant. 'Divine intervention' XD Read Avatar, a lot is wrapped up about that in several regards. :)
20th-Aug-2005 11:03 am (UTC)
*sighs* Unless that's explicitly mentioned at one point, I'm just...not convinced. :P
20th-Aug-2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
I dunno, I always figured it was implied. Now I'm going to check back to see if any of Namah's past servants ever got pregnant. XD
20th-Aug-2005 02:22 pm (UTC)
They did! ^_^; Phèdre's mother, for a start, and a lot of those kids that were raised in the Night Court were courtesans' children.

Not to mention that Naamah herself got pregnant from her liasons occasionally in the legends...
20th-Aug-2005 03:43 am (UTC)
I agree. Kazan was.. alright.. -_-; Her capture in Dart was much more interesting, a lot more drama, and it settled her resolve as a heroine. ^_^
18th-Aug-2005 12:17 pm (UTC)
I've read the novella of Minority Report, but not seen the movie. I'm sure this makes me some sort of mutant freak. ^_^

And I can't remember for the life of me what I thought of Baudolino. Strange. Actually, not so strange, considering the fact that I'm considering it a major accomplishment today that I'm able to remember my own name...

I loved In the Name of the Rose, though. There's something about the monks + murder combination that I adore. Maybe I should read some more Cadfael books next...
18th-Aug-2005 12:24 pm (UTC)
Well, if you've read the novella, you should *definitely* see the film! It makes for such a fascinating comparison, and I was only scratching the surface last night when I was pounding out this entry. There's A LOT to say about what was changed. Heck, they aren't really even the same stories.

Actually, not so strange, considering the fact that I'm considering it a major accomplishment today that I'm able to remember my own name...

Having a hard day this morning? >_<

I loved In the Name of the Rose, though.

So many books I want to read, so little time! *laughs* I decided to take a break from Terre d'Ange and read a novel by Madelyn Arnold.
18th-Aug-2005 12:28 pm (UTC)
Having a hard day this morning? >_<

Dani cannot live off four hours of not-very-good sleep in a night. Combined with the fact that I haven't had my sleep drugs for three nights now, and the fact that the thought of food is making me ill...yea, it's going to be a fun day. ^_^
18th-Aug-2005 12:32 pm (UTC)
T_T Well, try to take it easy today then! And do eat something, even if it's just some juice--you'll feel even worse later if you don't get any calories in you...
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