A Tale of Two Novels

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I am a devoted fan of the novel Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand.  It crystallizes my personal philosophies in a way that no other work ever has.  Apparently, I’m not alone:

A poll conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club asked what book has most affected reader’s personal lives. Atlas Shrugged placed second only to the Bible.

via A Tale of Two Novels: Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged vs James Joyce’s Ulysses  (Harry Binswanger — Capitalism Magazine)

Who is John Galt?

Weird Book Meme


Tagged by MoK at Six Degrees of Blondness:

The rules are: Pass it on to five other bloggers, and tell them to open the nearest book to page 56. Write out the fifth sentence on that page, and also the next two to five sentences. The CLOSEST BOOK, NOT YOUR FAVORITE, OR MOST INTELLECTUAL!

From Scarlet, by Stephen R. Lawhead:scarlet

Odo speaks his English with the strange flat tongue of the Frank outlanders.  That he speaks English at all is a wonder, I suppose, and the reason why Hugo chose him.  Poor Odo is a pudgy pudding of a man, young enough, and earnest in faith and practice, but pale and only too ready to retire, claiming cramp or cold or fatigue.  He is always fatigued, and for no good reason it seems to me.  He makes as if chasing a leaking nib across fresh-scraped vellum is as mighty a labour as toting the carcass of a fat hind through the greenwood on your back with the sheriff’s men on your tail.

I’m going to tag Sassy Sistah and Pastor Geek, both of whom I know to be avid readers.  Anyone else who wants to play along, go for it!

The Kindle goes to school

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Kindles will be put into the hands of librarians, assistant librarians and technology specialists at its elementary, middle and high schools. Once they’re versed in the ways of using Kindle to promote reading and literacy, what Johnson calls “the third wave” of placing the devices in classrooms can’t be far behind. The opportunity to save education dollars and engage students with technology they can relate to is too great to pass up, he believes.

E-books: Granite School Board a fan of Amazon Kindle device – Salt Lake Tribune

More Kindle Love

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Another rave review of the Kindle, from Rick Tetzeli at Entertainment Weekly.

I now enjoy the Kindle edition of the Times more than the real thing. Yes, I miss the photographs, but honestly (sorry, photo editors!), I don’t miss them that much. Since you navigate by clicking through article headlines and blurbs, reading the Times, Newsweek, or Fortune is like reading a blog, only without the headache of a computer screen. I find myself reading more full-length articles, both mainstream features and off-point surprises, than I ever did with the print versions — the experience is totally different; instead of scanning a newspaper spread or busy magazine pages, your eye is focused only on the list of articles, making it easier to find stories you’re interested in. And finally, the prices are great: My brother-in-law Mark, who lives in Massachusetts, glommed onto my Kindle during vacation, and loved it so much that he figured out the following ploy (in order to convince his wife that he should buy it): He saw the Kindle for $395, found a promotion that cut $100 off the price, then got a Kindle subscription to The New York Times ($168/year) and dumped their home subscription ($697/year). Satiating tech lust has never been so cost-effective!

it’s a great way to travel with books and newspapers and magazines, and the best example yet of how the worlds of deep reading and digital innovation have begun to happily collide. The next logical step is already under way: Amazon is rumored to be working with many colleges across the country to test a college edition of the Kindle. In this future, when Tal scooters to school, she won’t be swerving around under the weight of a heavy sackful of books on her back.

via Can the Kindle sway a book geek? | Digital Commentary | News + Notes | Entertainment Weekly

Another Kindle Plug

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WASHINGTON (AP) — After leaving the White House, the nation’s “reader in chief,” Laura Bush, plans to continue promoting literacy through the United Nations and the George W. Bush presidential library in Dallas.

The first lady, who will host the National Book Festival on Saturday, also said in an interview that she hopes her signature Washington event becomes a lasting tradition — and she’ll whisper something about that to the next first lady. This is the eighth year for the book festival.

Visitors to the festival also will get a peek at the World Digital Library set to debut in 2009, which will allow people to access the collections of major national libraries including Brazil, Russia and Egypt. The online library will be available in seven major languages.

Looking five or ten years into the future, Bush said electronic reading devices may play a larger role in the book festival.

“My mother-in-law, for instance, is now reading from a little hand-held screen that she can download books on,” Bush said of former first lady Barbara Bush. “But I also think that there will always be a place for the book and that people love to collect books.”

The Associated Press: First lady hosts her final National Book Festival.

She doesn’t actually say it’s a Kindle, but chances are pretty good that’s what it is!

Read and Release

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readandreleaseanimated75.gifIf you’re like me (and I know many of you are), you have some inborn quality that will never allow you to throw away a book. That makes life difficult sometimes, because I’ve accumulated so many books over the years … all of which take up storage space that I don’t really have. And it makes moving a nightmare!

Every now and then I’ll gather a bunch together and take them to the local used book store and/or the library, but these places are actually choosy about what they’ll take! To me, there’s no such thing as a “bad book”.

Anyway, I told you that to tell you this: I’ve found a new website, called BookCrossing.com. It’s a book-recycling program. Absolutely free. Gratis. No charge.  Members (who can remain anonymous) register books and receive a BCID (BookCrossing ID), then leave the books they’ve read where others can find them – on a park bench, in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, in a hotel room. Inside the book is a bookmark or printed label telling them that the book is free, was left on purpose, and that when they finish it, they should pass it on. The website has labels and bookmarks available to download and print, or you can buy them from their store, or you can just hand-write a message inside the front cover. The folks who find it are encouraged to read it, visit the website, and log the book in by it’s number so it can be tracked in it’s journey. Now I have a way to pass along all these books!


Book Meme 123.5


I’m not sure what the point of this meme is, but it looks like it could get interesting, so I decided to give it a shot. I’m not going to tag anyone, but feel free to participate, and let me know if you do so I can check your answers out.
Book Meme: 123.5

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don’t search around and look for the “coolest” book you can find. Do what’s actually next to you.

mists.jpgBook: The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Finally the girl said, in that same strange tone, “I see deer–a great herd of deer, and a man among them with his body painted–they put antlers on him–oh, he is down, they will kill him–“.

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