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Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra

C. S. Lewis's space trilogy has been on my reading list forever.  Well, at least since I joined Goodreads, which was 2012.  This year I've finally read it, and I posted a podcast review of the first two books over on Classics Considered.  Check it out and let me know what you think!

C. S. Lewis in Outer Space, Part 1 - Episode 5

C. S. Lewis wrote a science fiction trilogy?  You bet he did.  In this episode, we'll go over the first two books, Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra.

Works mentioned:
"Eugenics and Other Evils" by G. K. Chesterton (Free online)
"Some Popular Fallacies about Vivisection" by Lewis Carroll (Ridiculously difficult to find.  My 1996 Wordsworth edition of the "complete illustrated" includes it, so I hope the 1998 edition in the link does as well.)

New(ish) books

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I seem to view summer as the season for buying books.  (Though, let's get real here, when is buying books ever out of season??)
This gorgeous Vintage Classics Jane Eyre was on my wish list for a while, so when the price lowered on Amazon, I thought I'd better seize the opportunity.  (For anyone who's interested, it's still a pretty good deal right now!)  I read Jane Eyre two or three times as a tween/teen, but that was...well, some time ago.  It's long overdue for a reread.

Stendhal's The Red and the Black is a book I know little to nothing about, but it's been on my radar as a French classic I should read.  Found it in the local thrift store for a deal, and in really good condition.  I just love Penguin Classics paperbacks.

Speaking of which, I was ready for more Jack London after The Sea-Wolf.  His sailing memoir, The Cruise of the Snark, looks to be right up my alley.  I found this practically new copy in a small local *bookstore, which I've only been t…

The good old summertime

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It's been a while since I gave a personal update, and now it's summertime I feel things are slowing down enough to blog (yay!).


This spring was very busy, both in work and in personal life.  A few things I did:
Took a volunteer job for a four-day weekend outdoors.  Very stressful, but I learned a lot from the challenge.Went on an elimination diet for several weeks.  It didn't help my skin issues, but I lost some weight(!).Mentored (and continue to mentor) new employees at work.
The best book I read in the last month or two is The Sea-Wolf by Jack London, which I reviewed (spoiler-free!) on my classic literature podcast.  There's nothing like reading a sea story, and I think it's my favorite genre for summer reading.  :)

Other spring/early summer reads:
Short stories by Shiga Naoya.  While I didn't enjoy the collection that much, it still makes me want to read more Japanese literature.All My Sons and Death of a Salesman, plays by Arthur Miller.  He's truly tal…