Monday, July 02, 2007

Reading, But Not Blogging

Well, I'm keeping up with reading lots and lots of blogs, but writing my own seems to have fallen by the wayside. Work has been pretty busy the last couple of weeks and grad school sucks up an enormous amount of time.

But -- I start vacation on the 4th and my current class ends this Saturday. So hopefully I can get back to some regular blogging.

In reading, I'm still slogging my way through Caeser. It's interesting, though a bit dry. I have to say, most of my knowledge of Caeser comes from Cleopatra or Rome -- neither of which are very reliable sources. Plus, both of those really only deal with the last few years of Caeser's life. Right now, Caeser is campaigning his way through Gaul (I just love the names Romans gave to parts of what is now modern-day France -- wouldn't it be cool to say "Yes, I live in Transalpine Gaul."?) Yes, I know, I'm a geek.

Caeser was dry enough that I needed a break. I tend not to do that, because there's a strong likelihood that after my break, I don't go back to the book I was reading. I was once halfway through War and Peace and stopped to take a break. Big mistake. Anyway, I polished off Stephen King's Night Shift in the last few days. Stephen King was really one of the first "adult" writers that I read. Reading these short stories again was pleasantly nostalgic -- and really creepy at the same time. The man sure knows how to scare the bejeebers out of his readers.


Siew Cooper said...

Have you tried Colleen McCollough's novels on Rome? She has a few dedicated to the Caesar era ('Caesar's Women', 'Caesar', and 'The October Horse'). Makes history so much more interesting, and reasonably accurate to, as far as fiction can be, anyway.

King was my first real adult read as well; I'm steadily working my way through The Dark Tower series at the moment, in between study myself.

I Buy Books said...

Siew -- Thanks for the reminder about Colleen McCollough. I've read other books of hers, but not those. I think I need to add them to my list!