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Bookstore indulgences

Went to B&N on Saturday for coffee. For me, it's the most expensive coffee on the planet, usually costing at least $30 since I can't NOT buy a book or two. Or three. This time I bought three: two that are on my to-read list and one, a YA fantasy that leaped off the shelf and thrust itself into my hands, mostly due to the title and cover (The Forest of Hands and Teeth). Yay! New goodies!! I felt almost virtuous about it, since they were running a special where some percentage of your total went to a local public library. Yay! New goodies AND supporting my local library!! Now the torment: do I stick with Purgatorio, as I promised myself? Or do I take a brief foray into something else before plunging into epic poetry once more? Julia Barrett's Presumption is calling me back to Pemberley and FitzWilliam Darcy...

Speaking of epic poetry, I intended to buy a copy of The Aeneid while there but the plethora of translations intimidated me. I knew I wanted one that's actual poetry, so could dismiss out of hand the ones written as prose novels, but beyond that I had no idea. Tried to compare two of the translations but the line numbers were all askew. Will have to research a bit. (Sadly, D. Sayers appears not to have done one!)

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noeon
Mar. 31st, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
OOOH. The YA sounds interesting. I have to peruse your to-read list more. Yes, it is an expensive coffee, isn't it?

I'm trying to pick up Lawrence Durrell's The Black Book. I just finished two very good, gay-themed books: Andre Aciman's Call Me By Your Name and Ginn Hale's The Wicked Gentlemen. Aciman has an astounding voice. The book is lush and heart-rending. Hale is good. Solid good. Interesting world.
delphipsmith
Mar. 31st, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)
Mmm, Wicked Gentlemen looks excellent, will have to add it to my (ever-growing) list. Should I thank you or berate you?
noeon
Mar. 31st, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
Wicked Gentlemen is good. Is very good. The only problem is that it is not longer. This is not such a bad problem for a book.

You can berate me if you like once you're hooked on it. *grins*
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