Books & the spoken word

With all the theatre, music, t.v. and movie stuff I’ve been taking in, I don’t want to leave out something that I’ve recently – having more time on my hands these days – been enjoying again: reading.

My recent reads are Christmas presents from friends, starting with Neuromancer, the 1984 cyberpunk novel by William Gibson, a gift from my co-worker/pal Liz. This book is a gripping, mind-bending trip of a world where cyber cowboys can jack their consciousness into the web and even into other people, and features a range of intriguing characters, some of whom have had a variety of surgeries and implants, with fantastic and skills-augmenting results. According to Wikipedia, the book is in the process of becoming a film – to which I say, “Hell to the yes!” Thanks, Liz!

Just finished The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, the first in her Hunger Games trilogy and already made into a film (and I wanted to be sure to read the book in advance of the film’s March 23 release); this was a present from co-worker/pal Aislinn. This is a dystopic world where the government controls its citizens with fear – and with an annual televised event that pits young people from its 12 districts in a fight to the death. Excellent writing – extremely up close and personal, written in the first person from the point of view of the young heroine Katniss. Can’t wait to see the movie version – the early buzz is promising. Thanks, Ash! Were it not for the various other commitments I had to attend to, I would have read these two books in one sitting.That plus the office job kinda leaves my eyes and mind a bit toasted for reading when I get home.

Last, but not least, I wanted to share this piece I read in The Star the other day, by columnist Joe Fiorito, about some incredibly irritating and troubling trends in mispronunciation/enunciation: http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1112289–fiorito-i-guess-the-guest-was-aghast?bn=1  Thank you for this, Mr. Fiorito – I feel your pain.

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Author: life with more cowbell

Arts/culture social bloggerfly & Elwood P. Dowd disciple. Likes playing with words. A lot. Toronto

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