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Just finished "Sitting Bull." Next, I want to start "Paradise Lost" and after that I will finish Homer's Odyssey. What about you guys, what you reading now?
I usually have 2 or 3 books going at the same time:
Re-reading Moby Dick. Melville/Rockwell Kent.
Richard White. The Republic For Which It Stands: The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865–1896. Volume 7 in the Oxford History of the United States series. (Reading on the Kindle during breakfast and lunch. It will take 2 or 3 months to complete.)
Richard Slotkin. Gunfighter Nation: The Myth of the Frontier in Twentieth Century America. University of Oklahoma Press. (Reading when I want a break from Moby.)
I'm reading 1984, the Great Books of the 20th Century edition. Love it so far.
I'm reading Ancillary Justice and The Name of the Wind for the first time. I've also been working my way through a reread of Moby Dick over the last two months, and I'm about a hundred pages from the end.
I've been reading mostly from my Folio Society copy with the Garrick Palmer woodcuts, which I had with me in Ireland. But I've been back in the United States over the holidays and the copy that I have here is a Calla edition. This one is illustrated by a guy named Raymond Bishop, and I'm pretty sure that the illustrations are original to this edition. They're pretty nice, but of course the issue with Moby Dick is that some of the greatest illustrators of the past century have taken a stab at it. I think the Calla illustrations would really impress me if I wasn't comparing them to names like Rockwell Kent, Garrick Palmer or, of course, Barry Moser.
And then finally I've been rereading the Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov. I've finally gotten one of the signed Easton Press copies, which has been a dream book for a while, and so I just had to experience reading it once it was in my hands. Needless to say it's still got me awestruck. Every few pages I have to flip back to the signature to make sure that it's still there!
I think EP should make a really beautiful DLE edition of Moby Dick, profusely illustrated by Rockwell Kent, Garrick Palmer and Barry Moser, etc.
Many of us would like to see something like that. Although EP sometimes commissions new art, they rarely reprint text or art that is still under copyright (unless they own the copyright), probably to avoid paying royalties. Unfortunately, Rockwell Kent's art falls into that category. Folio Society has a really nice Moby Dick with all the Kent illustrations and that is the one I am reading.
For the last week, I have been reading Plato The Republic (Limited Editions Club - LEC), and I am reading Gilgamesh to my 7-years-old son from the DLE Easton Press edition (skipping all inappropriate for such age parts in the text). We have only 19 pages of the story left.
I think that I will take a break from Plato (I have just finished the Symposium, too), and will read a Shakespeare's play before continuing with the Republic.
I have never read Moby Dick, and it is on my list to read, too. I have the LEC edition with Robinson's illustrations, and I think that this is the edition that I will use when I get to reading the novel.
P. S. edited to remove brackets from around "LEC" in the first sentence, as I did not know that this would make a link.
I have to admit I never finished Moby Dick... it was my first EP book and I was in graduate school and stopped about 3/4 of the way through it. My marker is still in the spot where I stopped 😆
I would be over the moon happy if EP would offer a DLE of Moby Dick with commissioned original art. It would be something trully unique and beautiful. I wouldn't mind if they did a reprint of Rockwell, but I'm pretty pleased with my leather-bound Sweetwater Press edition.
I'm reading "Paradise Lost" now and have to slow down. My reading style is too fast for this poem. As soon as I slowed down, I started enjoying it.
All the Gallant Men - Donald Stratton
The Gathering Storm - Winston Churchill
Curtain: Poirot's Last Case - Agatha Christie (from EPs Reader Selection Titles)
The Monks of War - Desmond Seward (from Folio Society)
The former is fun and quick reading. The later a bit thicker and more substantial to get through. The only thing going quickly is my bank account now that EP and Folio Society are running sales about the same time.
I am currently reading a wonderful classic - Ivanhoe and enjoying it so far!
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>17 fancythings: "those who engaged in mentally stimulating activities, such as reading, earlier and later on in life experienced slower memory decline compared to those who didn’t."
Not good enough. I find that memory actually improves with age when the books are accompanied by chocolate, especially in the form of chocolate meringue pie.
>18 jroger1: lol. Agreed 100%, especially with "I find that memory actually improves with age when the books are accompanied by chocolate, especially in the form of chocolate meringue pie." You just made me eat some chocolate. ): I do want to try chocolate meringue pie. Mmmm, combination of expensive Easton Press books and chocolate meringue pie. Definitely, the way to go. Very classy. My memory improved just from talking about chocolate meringue pie.
Just don't mix very expensive Easton Press books and chocolate or chocolate pie.
Though, if you do, your memory will certainly be refreshed every time you open the book. :)
>20 booksforreading: lol. never, only during breaks from reading and far away from books.
I want to read Froissart Chronicles and found EP DLE on Ebay for $1000. Lol. Why is it so expensive? Really beautiful two volumes though. I'm okay with my regular paperback edition from Amazon.com. Poor student like me can only dream about books like that.
The Froissart DLE consists of two of the most beautiful volumes EP has produced, but I wouldn't read them. I've tried. The font is the size of a flea's tooth! Most buyers wouldn't know that until they've spent their life savings.
>23 fancythings: $1,000 is not too unreasonable actually. I could never afford that set. It was originally $600 from Easton. So if that set sells for $1,000, after fees and shipping costs, that seller would profit a little over $200. There's another seller in the UK selling it for $820 plus shipping, so an even lower profit margin for them. But yes, that set is exceptionally beautiful.
>23 fancythings: The LEC published a more readable letterpress edition illustrated by Henry Clarence Pitz in 1959. Not the same as the EP DLE but very nice. My used copy cost $49 delivered.
My work has been taking up far too much of my time for the last year, but lately I've been reading Myths of the Norsemen by H.A. Guerber, from the 10 book Mythology series that EP put out a few years ago. What inspired me to read it? Seeing Thor: Ragnarok at the theater. :)
I am almost through Confessions of St Augustine. It is a new condition paper back I picked up for cheap at the local half priced books. It is a tough read. I have always had trouble with anything translated and British English. I guess it is the sentence structure.
>30 EddieM0710: I would love to read that too. Please let me know if you liked it after you finish. I'm planning to get that from B&N, preferably paper back too. Thnx
I’ve thought of writing my own confessions, but it would require a whole cow (or pig) to produce the leather needed for a single set of volumes. So I’ve decided to write some essays like Montaigne’s instead. Now all I need are some thoughts.
>32 jroger1: Do write it and I will ask my parents to buy it, well if EP makes it into DLE, of course. lol
I’ll insist that EP offer a student discount to be offset by a senior premium. My first essay will explain why.
It would be better to offer students to get the book for 1.5 times the price, but with numerous tiny installements - and call it "special student loan". Seniors would be offered for a very limited time to receive a special deal of 25% off if they buy two or more copies (for their relatives who are in their student years) - this will be called "special senior moment".
Your first essay will explain why it is wrong to offer special promotions on a product, especially books, call for moderation in aquisition, and it will be titled "On the dangers of overbooking".
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