Re: What to read?

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Posted by Louis on September 12, 2006 at 19:42:00:

In Reply to: Re: What to read? posted by GilShalos on September 11, 2006 at 22:15:04:

: Talking about picture books.... is anyone into reading graphic novels? (I'm pretty sure that this is just a polite way of saying comic books for adulets *g*). Darren bought me The Hedge Knight by GRRM a few months back, which I read almost immediately, wanting to see what the story was like. I actually found it somehwat difficult reading a book that had pictures, because the pictures were often an integral part of the story and plot.... I'm used to reading "she was wearing a green riding dress split down the middle with trimming and slashed in cream lace etc. etc." when I was reading the book I had an awful tendancy to ignore all the pictures and only read the words. This caught me up a few times when I realised I had no idea what was going on, and had to backtrack and picture-inspect. The comic book-ey squareish divisions weren't always sequenced in intuitive order either, sometimes it took hard work to figure out which one to read next, or a bit of plot was revealed too early.... I never would have realised reading "comic books" was so difficult!!

The only ones that i've really read are the first Sandman and Marvel 1602, both because they're Neil Gaiman. I did quite like them though. When you said that before about having to pay attention to the pictures I didn't really know what you were on about, but when I think back I do see what you mean. *l* I always want to get more graphic novels, but never do get around to it. I used to love comics when I was younger, but I have to say I think there is a bit of a difference.

: : : well, I'm reading "Folk and Fairy Tales" for the children's lit course I'm taking. It's pretty much just a collection of fairy tales, but with multiple variations, and discussion of the differences, and some modern varieties.

: : : Let's see, I did a heap of reading over my 3-week break... ooh, I read His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman. It's supposed to be children's/YA, and starts out kind of cute, and then gets quite serious by the 3rd book. I really liked them, but knowing you, you may have already read them. About the only other thing I've read lately is de Lint. I don't even remember which ones. After that I did writing.

: : : I'm currently in the process of typing up my hand-written stuff from the last year. I scared myself thinking that I'd lost some of it, and realised I had no copies, so now onto the computer it goes! But I have no MS Office at the moment, so it's being done with wordpad *lmao*

: : : anyway. Sorry, not too many book recommendations at the moment! I'll let you know how the children's lit course goes, though, and if we read anything really good.

: : : Jade
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: : I have read the Pullman. I didn't really care for it--a little too dark for me.

: : Do let me know how the class goes! I've actually taken the class twice, once as an undergrad and once in grad school though the classes were almost exactly the same. I really enjoyed the class both times since it gave me a great excuse to read a lot of YA, though the classes were both geared toward elementary ed majors instead of HS teachers. At least I started to learn to appreciate picture books from those classes. Do you have to keep a reading journal? How many books are you required to read?

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