“Children, I said to her. For the first little while, they not exactly human, you don't find?”
Nalo Hopkinson

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Haphazardly All Over The Place Continued.

5.  Snow White, Blood Red Edited by Ellen Datlow and Terry Windling.  Ever since I read Coover's "The Dead Queen",  I've been interested in different variations of Snow White.  I've read "Snow Drop" by Tanith Lee in which Snow White is a caricature used by others in whatever way they see fit.  The story is set in the future.  There are darker versions of many other fairy tales in this compilation.  The stories include Little Red, The Princess in the Tower, Troll Bridge, The Snow Queen, and Breadcrumbs and Stones.  Some of the authors are Patricia A. Mckillip, Neil Gaiman, Jane Yolen, and Harvey Jacobs.  I thought these stories would be scary, instead they are interestingly wicked.

6. How To Be Black by Baratunde Thurston is in some parts extremely funny.  Actually the book is not about just being black.  It's seems to be about being human.  I can relate to his stories about how people mispronounce his name.  Somebody called me Judas one time.  I wish I was making this up.

7.  Anton Chehkov: Five Great Stories. It's pleasantly surprising how Chekov's stories still have relevance approximately 120 years after they were written in Russian. They could have been written 5 years ago.  How could a person have such insight into human nature?  He did.  We haven't changed.

8.  The Last Holiday, A Memoir by Gil Scott Heron.  The book was published posthumously.  I grew up listening to Gil Scott-Heron.  He was also a poet and attended Lincoln University which is the same school as my sweetheart Langston Hughes went to.  He was accepted into the Writing Program at John Hopkins and produced by Clive Davis at Arista.  Gil Scott-Heron died last May of pneumonia caused by HIV.

9.  Wild Blessing: The Poetry Of Lucille Clifton by Hilary Holladay.  This woman truly wrote my heart.  I never had the chance to meet her.  This book is helping with a essay I'm writing.

10.  Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales by David Wright.  This is a written in modern English prose.  I'm conducting an experiment.  First I read Belle's Song by K.M. Grant, a Young Adult book.  In that book we travel to the the grave of St. Thomas with the pilgrims.  Then I going to finish the David Wright version.  Last I will read the original text.  Why can't children do this through middle and high school?  Curriculum in public schools is chosen for political reasons.  That's too bad.  Children need to be exposed to literature throughout their school years.

11.  Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card.  This is the fourth book and the end of the Ender series. Three thousand years have passed and Ender is about 55 years old.  He is not dead because when he traveled through space he went at some kind of speed that made time go slower in the ship than outside of it.    In the first book of the series Ender's Game, Ender is 5 years old.  He dies in Children.  I don't think I can bear it.

1 comment:

  1. Most of these books aren't on my TBR list. Gonna have to change my list.


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