Six books aren't too much, you can do it :)
I recently read "A Short History of Nearly Everything", and while the read was enjoyable I felt that I didn't learn too much - most stuff was a simplification of things I already knew. There were plenty of amusing scientist anecdotes that I'd never heard, of course, but on the whole it felt rather disappointing. My knowledge in the area isn't too great; I'm nearing the end of a (swedish) high-school level education with a slight focus on science, which means that I don't have a very deep understanding of, well, anything.
I dunno. It just felt vaguely disappointing.
2006-11-30 01:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Mr. Bryson
It's definitely written for people like me - victims of the American education system who managed to get through with the absolute minimum of science.
If you liked 'Googlewhack', I can recommend 'Are You Dave Gorman?' Dave seeks out and meets a multitude of Dave Gormans. Hilarity ensues (tm).
I actually knew of him from seeing an article about that adventure a few years ago on Yahoo. We bought the book when we were in England. It's around the house somewhere....
Oh, how I hated Ivanhoe! I'm impressed that you finished it, because I don't believe that I did.
It was a tough read, and it took a long time to slog through it, but I'm actually glad I did. Even if just for the hilarious retelling of the tale in which we engaged at book group (the woman who chose the book attempting to tell it straight, me adding lively commentary with soundtrack as we went along).
Janet Ferrar was the special guest at an open Samhain ritual quite a few years ago, right after Stewart died. Let me tell you, she can cast a circle! She's got some kickin' power going on.
She was also trying to get into my husband's pants - this was right before we started seeing each other - but that's a different story.
Their books are tough to slog through, but very informative.
That would be awesome. And I'm amused.
Yeah, Janet is a firecracker. Frank would have been happy to sleep with her, but Gavin was there and he was weirded out by that.
Question - are you Wiccan? If so, there are a couple of books I would recommend highly.
More Pagan, actually. But I'd love to hear your recommendations.
I'm working through a fantastic book called Evolutionary Witchcraft by T. Thorne Coyle. It's not so much Wicca as it is Witchcraft, and it really resonates with me, so I'm recommending it to everyone.
I have read it and really need to focus some energy on it. It is a fabulous book.
2006-11-30 04:56 pm (UTC)
Oooh, me, me!
If you're done with it, theferrett
said I could borrow April 1865. Can I, Can I?
2006-11-30 05:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Oooh, me, me!
Yipes, I just loaned it to someone here at work. You can be next in line after him?
2006-11-30 05:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Oooh, me, me!
You should also read its companion book, The Witch's God. I actually read that one first and liked it alot more. It was written some years after the Goddess book and although its lay-out is similar, the writing flows better and is much cleaner all the way around. It was what convinced me to buy the rest of their books. Although I don't agree with everything that they do, I find their take on Wicca alot easier to work with than the straight Gardnarian/Alexandrian view. I was also impressed by the amoung of folkloric research they put into many of their rituals.
2006-11-30 06:43 pm (UTC)
Re: The Witch's Goddess
I have it on the shelf, among my many "rount tuit" books.
I think it would be fair to cut yourself some slack. It was the friggin' bar exam. :)
Slack is for the weak! People who cut themselves slack are the ones who don't pass the bar exam!!!!
[pant pant pant]
Sorry. Got a little carried away there. ;-)