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I seem to have abandoned my reading log once again this summer, but here are some scattered notes for some of the books I read in May and June.

The Elf-Queen of Shannara, The Moonstone, The Tiger in the Smoke, The Beckoning Lady, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, and A Company of Swans )

And, in honor of re-starting graduate school, I read a hoary classic:

What is History? )
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PROFESSOR: "By the time he died, he was so shrunken and twisted by the syphilis that they buried him in a child's coffin. What's the moral of this story? [long pause] You know what the moral is."

If on a winter's night a traveler, The Druid of Shannara, and the Elfin Ship )
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"One of the many objections to academic scholars, to university-trained priests (though not one that was often expressed), was their ability to remind men of texts it was not convenient to remember, which were difficult to fit into the agreed synthesis. Accurate scholarship, knowledge of the total Bible, could be constricting. Mechanick students of the Bible were more creative, more boldly innovating, because they were selective in their approach, more responsive to problems of their own world which demanded new solutions."
--Christopher Hill, The World Turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas During the English Revolution (1972), 263.

Pearls Before Swine, The Scions of Shannara, and More Work for the Undertaker )
proustbot: (everybody's crazy about a sharp-dressed)
Every time I spend the night at my parents' house, I end up reading one of crumbling paperbacks from my childhood library. This month's blast from the past: The Sword of Shannara

It makes as much sense as a toaster oven that controls the weather )

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