Monthly Archives: May 2008

Lost Update

So we’re only 2 days away from the 2-hour finale to Lost‘s fourth season. Actually, we’re technically 2 days away from the second part of the 3-hour long finale episode.

4.11 — “Cabin Fever”
I missed my update for this one, and considering that “The Constant” during aired during a multi-week period I had to cover in a single post, I’d say I’m in the habit of forgetting to blog about the best episodes of the season. The return of Richard Alpert and the inference that the Island has been looking for John Locke since his early childhood made for some great mythology clues. Is John a reincarnation of Jacob? Or is he Jacob, after some time travel goofiness?

Claire raises the question of what “dead” really means on the Island. Is she dead because she is in the cabin and seems to understand what is going on, or has she just been informed of something and gotten stoned since the last time we saw her?

4.12.1 — “There’s No Place Like Home (Part 1)”
The Oceanic Six return home, and questions as to some incongruities in their story are deflected by Oceanic’s lawyer. Sun buys half of her father’s business, and gets all bad-ass. And we’re finally going to see the Orchid Station! There’s not a lot to say about the first part other than that it was a very enjoyable setup for the two hours that are coming this Thursday.

Let me say, right now, that while I expect the ending to be very cool, I’m not expecting it to be anywhere near as huge of a reveal as the flash forward at the end of Season 3. That’s a once-in-a-series reveal that I only expect to be matched by the series finale.

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Lost 4.10 — “Something Nice Back Home”

Poor Jack–so rarely does he get an episode these days that people don’t accuse of being “filler.” I have to say, I liked this episode. Sure, it wasn’t the crazy action of the previous week, and sure, I’m more excited about the trailer for the next episode than I am about anything actually in the episode, but it was still pretty darn good.

I think there was a high creepiness factor, something that the show does really well when it does it. Hurley was downright disturbing, and Christian Shephard’s appearance was an awesome tense/scary scene. The smoke alarm going off right before Jack sees him was a nice touch. Was it just the battery, or was it something else?

Of course, Rose vocalizes one of the big questions of the episode. Why can Jack get sick? Personally, I think the healing has something to do with moral judgments the Island is making, and I also happen to think that Jack is (or at least can be) a really bad person. He’s a borderline violent alcoholic and an obsessive stalker-type. Of course he can get sick.

Then we have the matter of Claire and Christian disappearing into the woods together. I’m sure we’ll get some answers (or at least some clues) about that this week.

Rousseau is really dead? I’m shocked by that, I truly thought they were just messing with us when she got shot. It still doesn’t rule out finding out more about her past, though, since the whole living/dead line gets a little blurry on the Island.

Blog Meme — Top 106 “Unread” Books on LibraryThing

There’s a meme going around some blogs which consists of bloggers listing the top 106 books tagged as “unread” on LibraryThing. (For those wondering about the numbers on the list, it’s the number of users with the book tagged as unread/number of users who list the book overall.)

The rules: bold the books you have read, italicize books you’ve started bu not finished, strike the books you read but hated (likely for school), add an asterisk* to books you’ve read more than once, and underline those you own but still haven’t read yourself.

1. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (236/9040)
2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (211/8954)
3. One hundred years of solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (183/11970)
4. Crime and punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (176/10686)
5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (162/12137)
6. Catch-22 a novel by Joseph Heller* (158/10885)

This requires a little explanation. I read this when I was 18, really liked it, then decided to reread it a couple years ago during one of my winter breaks from school. My level of appreciation had grown considerably, but I never finished the reread (I really should have another go at it).

7. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien (155/8789)
8. Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra (152/6654)
9. The Odyssey by Homer* (136/10953)
10. The brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (136/7174)
11. Ulysses by James Joyce (135/6254)
12. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (132/6267)
13. War and peace by Leo Tolstoy (132/5952)
14. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (124/13764)
15. A tale of two cities by Charles Dickens (124/7460)
16. The name of the rose by Umberto Eco (120/7705)
17. Moby Dick by Herman Melville (119/7719)
18. The Iliad by Homer (117/8723)
19. Emma by Jane Austen (117/8948 )
20. Vanity fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (115/3827)
21. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (114/7115)
22. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (110/4806)
23. The Canterbury tales by Geoffrey Chaucer* (108/6164)

I don’t know anyone who has actually read ALL of them … besides, it was unfinished.

24. Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen (108/18291)
25. The historian : a novel by Elizabeth Kostova (108/6444)
26. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (106/8595)
27. The kite runner by Khaled Hosseini (106/13571)
28. The time traveler’s wife by Audrey Niffenegger (105/11412)
29. Life of Pi : a novel by Yann Martel (105/12689)
30. Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies by Jared Diamond (104/7492)
31. Atlas shrugged by Ayn Rand (102/5984)
32. Foucault’s pendulum by Umberto Eco (101/5616)
33. Dracula by Bram Stoker (100/6873)
34. The grapes of wrath by John Steinbeck (99/7811)
35. A heartbreaking work of staggering genius by Dave Eggers (97/6451)
36. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (97/9127)
37. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (97/5565)
38. Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books by Azar Nafisi (96/4404)
39. Middlemarch by George Eliot (96/4159)
40. Sense and sensibility by Jane Austen (96/8591)
41. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (95/5166)
42. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (94/11616)
43. The sound and the fury by William Faulkner (94/5042)
44. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (93/12421)
45. Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle I) by Neal Stephenson (92/3525)
46. American gods : a novel by Neil Gaiman (92/10317)
47. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (91/8869)
48. The poisonwood Bible : a novel by Barbara Kingsolver (91/7459)
49. Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West… by Gregory Maguire (90/8905)
50. A portrait of the artist as a young man by James Joyce (89/6646)
51. The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (89/7165)
52. Dune by Frank Herbert* (89/9221)
53. The satanic verses by Salman Rushdie (88/3250)
54. Gulliver’s travels by Jonathan Swift (88/4857)
55. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (88/5358 )
56. The three musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (87/4127)
57. The corrections by Jonathan Franzen (84/5066)
58. The inferno by Dante Alighieri* (84/5873)
59. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (83/4377)
60. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (83/5794)
61. To the lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (83/4608 )
62. A clockwork orange by Anthony Burgess (83/6754)
63. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (83/4735)
64. The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay : a novel by Michael Chabon (83/5956)
65. Persuasion by Jane Austen (82/6478 )
66. One flew over the cuckoo’s nest by Ken Kesey (82/5908 )
67. The scarlet letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (82/7746)
68. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (82/4436)
69. Anansi boys : a novel by Neil Gaiman (81/6534)
70. The once and future king by T. H. White (81/4293)
71. Atonement: A Novel by Ian McEwan (80/6966)
72. The god of small things by Arundhati Roy (80/5508 )
73. A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson (79/6266)
74. Oryx and Crake : a novel by Margaret Atwood (78/3975)
75. Dubliners by James Joyce (78/5530)
76. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson (78/5384)
77. Angela’s ashes : a memoir by Frank McCourt (77/6349)
78. Beloved : a novel by Toni Morrison (77/5523)
79. Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed by Jared Diamond (76/3822)
80. The hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (75/2520)
81. In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its… by Truman Capote (75/5473)
82. Lady Chatterley’s lover by D.H. Lawrence (73/3169)
83. A confederacy of dunces by John Kennedy Toole (73/6061)
84. Les misérables by Victor Hugo (73/4693)
85. Watership Down by Richard Adams (72/6255)
86. The prince by Niccolo Machiavelli (72/6361)
87. The amber spyglass by Philip Pullman (72/6644)
88. Beowulf : a new verse translation by Anonymous* (72/6349)

OK, I may not have read the translation listed here, but I’ve read Beowulf multiple times by multiple translators.

89. A farewell to arms by Ernest Hemingway (71/5121)
90. Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance : an inquiry into… by Robert M. Pirsig (71/5554)
91. The Aeneid by Virgil (71/5057)
92. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (69/4625)
93. Sons and lovers by D.H. Lawrence (69/2563)
94. The personal history of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (69/4310)
95. The road by Cormac McCarthy (67/5097)
96. Possession : a romance by A.S. Byatt (67/4127)
97. The history of Tom Jones, a foundling by Henry Fielding (67/2131)
98. The book thief by Markus Zusak (67/3552)
99. Gravity’s rainbow by Thomas Pynchon (66/3260)
100. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells* (66/3046)
101. Tender is the night by F. Scott Fitzgerald (66/3128 )
102. Candide, or, Optimism by Voltaire (65/5083)
103. Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro (65/4317)
104. The plague by Albert Camus (65/4610)
105. Jude the obscure by Thomas Hardy (65/2944)
106. Cold mountain by Charles Frazier (64/4160)

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