What I have waiting to read (and watch)

As an adjunct to the last post, I thought I’d list the contents of the pile of book already waiting to be read. I also have a lot of DVDs piled up as well.

  • The Locus Awards – bought mainly for a Neil Gaiman story
  • The Shipping news – I haven’t really been able to get into Proulx’s work but was persuaded to give a try after I saw the movie on DVD
  • Ulysses – a friend is doing Eng. Lit. at uni and reminded me that I’ve never read this
  • White Teeth – ages ago this was on TV and I borrowed the book then from my mother – it’s been in the pile ever since
  • Mathematics as Sign – half read, and interesting but dry
  • The White Goddess – bought on a whim years ago and I re-found it on my bookshelf
  • Vanishing Point – I bought Thea Astley’s last work when it came out and liked it so much that I rescued this from the tip when my flatmate was getting rid of stuff
  • Ichabod Hart and the Lighthouse Mystery – it’s been staring at me in Galaxy for a while so I finally relented. It’s written by an Australian author and I’m enjoying it a lot, so far
  • Voice of the Fire – having got into Alan Moore recently, and read all The Swamp Thing I can get my hands on, I bought this a few months back
  • 1986 – by Mark Kurlansky who wrote the brilliant Salt and The Basque History of The World, loaned to me by my brother
  • Summerland – by Michael Chabon. I really enjoyed Cavalier and Clay so mybrother lent me this (which he hated)
  • How Israel Lost – loaned to me by a colleague with whom I share similar opinions on America and the Middle East

DVDs I have piled up are:

  • The Rogers and Hammerstein box set (Carousel, The King and I, Oklahoma, The Sound of Music, South Pacific, State Fair)
  • The Unbelievable Truth – part of a collection of Hal Hartley I’m building
  • Blade Runner – the Director’s cut
  • Sabrina – the original and best, and part of a growing collection of Audrey Hepburn movies
  • Chicken Run – I’ve yet to watch the special features
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm – loaned to me by my brother and partner – it’s their favourite DVD, but I can only take it in small doses (like Seinfeld)
  • Year of the Horse – Neil Young, Jim Jarmusch. Need I say more?
  • Ultraviolet – classy brit vampire series
  • Vertigo – I’ve been meaning to get some Hitchcock for ages but couldn’t justify the price of a box set. This was on special the other day.
  • Battlestar Galactica – loaned by an old friend. It’s fun to look at again, but dated. I haven’t got to the pilot for the new series yet so I don’t know how it compares
  • Sleuth – loaned from a colleague. I know not much about it, but I generally trust his taste
  • Absense of Malice – same story

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