I have various things to talk about, some upcoming events and whatnot...
I hope everybody is gearing up for Banned Books Week, which is coming up fast in the fourth week of this month: 21-27 September. At least, that's how it feels to me! For the past few years I've been kind of in charge of BBW at work, and now I've been voted official Queen of Banned Books Week. So I'll be preparing like mad for the next little while. I guess I don't usually talk about it here a whole lot, since I do it so much at work, but I did post the mug shot I took last year.
Guess what?? Lory at Emerald City Book Review is hosting a special Diana Wynne Jones event! During Witch Week, there will be a readalong of Witch Week and discuss a new DWJ book daily.
Here's the schedule:
Preview: October 30 - Master post with link-up and giveaway
Day 1, October 31 - Fire and Hemlock
Day 2, November 1 - Power of Three
Day 3, November 2 - Howl's Moving Castle
Day 4, November 3 - The Spellcoats
Day 5, November 4 - Deep Secret
Day 6, November 5 - Witch Week (Readalong)
Day 7, November 6 - Honorable mentions and wrap-up
I always love a good DWJ event and I think it's a fantastic idea to have it during Witch Week. :) Can't wait! I hope you'll join up too!
In other news, I've been reading Romantic fiction for the Classics Club September theme and incidentally for RIP IX. I've finished Frankenstein and will post on that pretty soon. I'm also well into Melmoth the Wanderer, which is quite interesting and (bonus) Eugene Onegin's favorite book! So far we have all the classic ingredients of a good Gothic tale: crumbling ancestral halls, an old sheaf of papers found in a drawer, nearly indecipherable, a survivor of a shipwreck with a fascinating tale to tell, and scary bad monks. As a matter of fact, the monks have kind of taken over. I'm about a third of the way through, and the shipwreck survivor is telling his tale of oppression at the hands of Spanish monks--and so far he's been talking for about half of the third I've read. I'm wondering if he will ever escape, or if the book will ever get back to Melmoth.
And I'm reading War and Peace, a tale of Russia and the Napoleonic wars. I think it's interesting that Tolstoy refused to call it a novel; he seems to have considered it to be something else, and indeed it is not structured like most novels. It does, however, remind me of some other giant books I've read, like In the First Circle or A Suitable Boy, where the author wants to give the reader an image of a whole society at a particular moment in time, so there are many, many characters in different walks of life. War and Peace is not, so far, as all-encompassing as that, but it's kind of similar in feel. My 1300-page paperback is so unwieldy that it's not easy to read as often as I usually would; this is one case where having it divided into two or three volumes would really help a lot, and would probably be worth the extra price.