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[The Wrock Project] Installment IV [C]

Onwards, brave Wrockers! We will face the tumultuous waves of untuned instruments, the tempestuous winds of breathy, whiny voices, and the tortuous sounds of beats without rhythm all to find the Good Bands that make you stop, smile, and then belt out the lyrics at the top of your lungs!

I like being dramatic. Anyway, this is the installment of the Cs!

  • The Caradoc Dearborns. Hun, please take a few guitar lessons and leave the singing to somebody else. I like your harmonica, though.
  • Catchlove. The rewritten cover of “Kids of (is it “in” or “of?”) America” is pretty neat. It’s fairly good quality overall, really. Definitely worth a listen to see if you will be into their music. Or his music—I can’t tell.
  • Cedrella Black has only one song, “Bella’s Lament,” which is seems to be sung all right, but is a bit overdramatic for what I’m used to. I mean, I can see the song playing in a movie while the main character plays on the piano and pours out her heart after heartbreak of some sort or… jaja, yeah. Give it a try, though.
  • Cedric and the Gravestones is a pretty amateurish band. I also had a fit of giggles when they got to a part in their song “Dementors” that went “and they’ll suck, and they’ll suck, and they’ll suck your soul.” A fit of immaturity.
  • The Cedric Diggorys are a distinctly different band than the others; they have a far more grungy, rough sound. Punk. I had fun, although I did get a bit depressed.
  • Celestial Warmbottom was a real treat! She has a wonderful, powerful, and expressive voice. And you should listen to her saucy love songs = )
  • Celestina Moldubeck Wardbeck was rather cute and lighthearted. Too bad I don’t understand French, but it didn’t stop me from listening = )
  • Celestina Warbeck was fun, but at times the pitch really made me wince. Ow.
  • Chaos of Phoenix is creative, but I dislike the singing. I’m sorry; I do like the composition, but not the execution.
  • Charlie and the Dragon. I love their song “Nymphadora.” The other song didn’t do much for me (other than the fact that it was Twilight vs. HP and OF COURSE HP won, because Twilight doesn’t even begin to compare… This does not open this blog post to flamers.)
  • Chasing Quaffles. I can tell you guys had loads of fun and put some serious effort into this. Maybe in the future, but for right now, I’m just going to move along.
  • The Cheering Charms. Same as above. Meh.
  • Chi Chi Chang, you sound pretty cute, but I have no idea what you are saying.
  • I actually listen to Death Metal on occasion, but Children of Godrics Hollow is just pretty fucking terrible.
  • Chimaera Scamander: A Huffle Diary. I have no idea what is going on here.
  • The Chinese Chomping Cabbages is… eh. Just eh.
  • Chinese Fireball. Meh. Boring.
  • Chloe Nothing. Add one more to the boring streak. She’s just whiny.
  • Cho and the Changs. So far there is only a preview, so there isn’t much I can say or opine about (is opine a word?).
  • The Cho Chang Gang is all right, I suppose. I do have “Quidditch Tomorrow” stuck in my head, but I’m not too happy about that.
  • The Chocolate Frogs did better than the previous bands. I must admit that until I got to “Anyone Else But You” I was really put off by the monotone singing, but the instrumentals and lyrics are pretty decent. And I am impressed by the number of songs.
  • Chocolate in the Library. The rewritten lyrics were fun, but I just can’t listen. They also got an Usher song stuck in my head, urgh.
  • Clavenraw, I don’t understand a single word in your song and the repeated off-shadowy echo thing is really annoying.
  • Colin and the Creeveys were a bit whiny (which makes sense, it is Colin = ) ) but my main problem was the synthetic music.
  • Colours in the Cauldron was ok. Just ok.
  • Confusing Concoction wasn’t very melodic.
  • The Conjuring Cauldrons was just eh. I did like that there was a “Tribute to Trelawney”.
  • The Cornish Pixies. There is another band by that name, but their song wouldn’t play, so no review is forthcoming. This one was funny – it is definitely a good group of friends having fun, and I enjoyed their rewritten cover “Avada Kedavra,” but this is more of an amusement band than music I want to listen to.
  • A Couple of Harrys. I can honestly believe this is Harry singing to himself quietly inside the cupboard. There is a type of nostalgia and naivety to the songs in their simplicity. The music is very… country tuney? “Hagrid’s Legacy” was actually pretty interesting.
  • There is something appealing about Crabbe & Goyle‘s monotone songs and the guitar chords and how utterly ridiculously stupid the songs and lyrics are, duh, because Crabbe & Goyle are terrible people, and so… so smart. Anyways, worth a shot for the short laugh.
  • And then we have Crabbe and the Goyles. This is another beast entirely, as can be seen by their entirely innuendo-laden song “Basilisk”. I mean, if you have rap-ish song whose chorus goes among the likes of, “Take a look take a look at my Basilisk, isn’t it long, yeah, isn’t it thick”, well, you can draw your own conclusions. They’re damn catchy, unfortunately, because I cannot get that chorus out of my head. And if somebody ever tells me that they want to “open your chamber of secrets, girl”, I will punch them. And “just my snake, my girl, and me” is hilarious. Goddammit, against my better judgment I LIKE THIS BAND A LOT. Although “Ministry of Meh” is getting really repetitive – oh wait he’s doing this on purpose? Ok, I get it, please stop saying “repetitive songs” on and on please. PLEASE. And this is an incredibly superior parody of Cee Lo Green’s “Fuck You”. Ok, this band was great for the first two songs and now I am completely tired of it. (Yes, I do write these reviews as I listen to the bands.)
  • When I read the name Creevey Crisis, I was not expecting metalish rock music. There you go. They’re pretty decent, although they ended up being more background music to which I shook my head and muttered “Sword of Gryffindor!!” in time with the song while doing some homework. I like them enough to suggest checking them out however.
  • Crookshank, despite forgetting the “s,” is another cute band. I mean, one of its songs is dedicated to a chocolate frog’s lament.
  • The Crossovers is very varied in their attempts at harmony. Umm…. hmm…. eh.
  • Crucius was, as can be expected from the name, probably created to strike fear into the hearts of the enemies of the Dark Lord. In some ways, this is hard to do when people can’t understand what your grunting is. On the other hand, if that grunting comes from the mouth of a Giant, that would probably be frightening enough. And that is an approximation of the appeal of this music (zero).
  • The Cruciatus Curse, however, could kind of be trashy Wizardpop. We’ve got Ke$ha’s song dedicated to Slytherins (you know she would be that trashy Slytherin trying to be cool enough to hangout with the Malfoys by throwing parties and singing for them). That said, “Slytherock” is what I’m going to play at that Quidditch Dance Party I’ve been planning for a while. I’m not as impressed with the other songs, although “Squib” was properly adapted to the original “Creep” song. I do enjoy the mood created by “Tale of the Deathly Hallows.”
  • Crucio! at the Yule Ball sounded really cool based on their name. However, their cover of “I Will Survive,” , is a bit lackluster.
  • Crucio Crucio has a nice, single instrumental song, that if it were longer, I would use as a soothing track despite the fact that the track name alludes to Fenrir Greyback.
  • But ahoy, here come the The Crumple-Horned Snorkacks! Except there are only 31 seconds of a song there. And I like what I hear, but there is nothing else!
  • The Curse Breakers is genuinely good. As in, she decently sings, the instruments have decent melody, and the lyrics are interesting Definitely go through all her songs!

And that, my dear almost non-existent readers, is how the letter C of Wizard Rock Bands ends! I count 38 bands… and I’m only at C… Hmm… maybe somebody wants to help me out with the whole Wrock Project? Send an owl!

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[The Wrock Project] Installment III [B]

From now on, each post will review all the bands listed on the Wizrocklopedia by letter. Today, I bring to you the letter B, brought to you by bloody banshee bands.

  • The Bandon Banshees is a somewhat monotone band. I like the instrumental sections more than the singing, but the bands has a pretty nice lineup of songs.
  • I do find the previous band better and more complex than The Band of Requirement. Their one song, “Just Harry”, is cute, but eh.
  • So, The Band who Lived also has only one song, which is amusing in that it is dedicated to a Troll… a demo of the I assume will-soon-be-completed “Troll Song” about love for a troll? Eh.
  • The Band-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is Evanescence inspired, and is, of course, a Dark Wizard band. I actually like them – they’re entertaining, have a relatively clear sound and more skill in instruments than other bands, and maybe I have a soft spot for songs written from Bellatrix’s POV. That, and “Hortcrux Baby” cracks me up.
  • Basilisk and the Kreachers. Um. Huh? Uhh…
  • The Basilisk in Your Pasta. I really, really like this band – it was fun, cute, and are a bit of a teasing band. I like the way they wove French into the song, and will definitely be listening to this band in the future. Thumbs up!
  • The Bat Bogey Hexes has one a’capella song called “Lullaby for Molly”, which has cute, sweet lyrics and could be pretty catchy if performed a bit more professionally.
  • The Beater Broke His Club is another, somewhat shaky a’capella band. The name is fun, though.
  • The Beedles. I must say, The Beedles are pretty fun and do for some light listening every so often if you don’t mind a few jarring moments. I do, however, have a weakness for their song “Quidditch Field”. Maybe I can get my team to learn this song so we can sing it at the next tournament… hmmm
  • Bella and le Strangers is goood. I am happy to say that there is harmony and melody and it works well and that the songs make me feel pretty happy. They have a kind of campy Donovan feeling to them (Ok, only to me, perhaps, I suck at reviewing and comparing music and bands), but I definitely recommend them! Also, I have a weakness for Bellatrix POV music, apparently.
  • Bella and the Death Eaters is pretty fun. Also, the rewriting of “Hallelujah” in “Bellatrix Lestrange” is pretty funny. But that’s about it. Hm.
  • Bella’s Love. Wow, the “B”s have a theme. It’s pretty rough and kinda just eh, well, its an attempt at singing. I think that the reasons are so scathing and mean is because they can’t stand the awkward attempt at being nice that I do…
  • The Bertie’s Bott Band. Um. Nuff said. Just. Ugh.
  • Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Band is cute sounding, but I kind of already forgot every part of their songs.
  • The Bezoar Project. It might just be me, but I find it really uncomfortable to hear about a schoolgirl fantasy with Snape, as she sings in “Slytherin Lovin”. Umm. Yes. Otherwise, its pretty decent singing and songwriting.
  • Big Whompy. Definitely not my type of music, but the song is amusing. So listen to it for fun! But its a very simple melody garageband thing.
  • The Black Sisters is hard to gauge in that I can barely hear anything in their recordings. But what I can hear is cute and pretty good harmony. I’d like to hear what they could do with better recording equipment.
  • Blast Ended Skrewts. I have to say, I really enjoyed the simple, purely instrumental song. I think I’ll keep this one bookmarked.
  • The Blast Ended Skrewts! have a lot of excitement with that name. That energy passes onto their music. I will, however, pass. They were doing better until somebody started singing.
  • I want to point out that Blibbering Humdinger is a wonderful name. I also want to point out that the sense of humour inherent in the name carries onto their music. The lyrics are pretty funny, from the explicit minded “Huffepuff Sandwhich”. The tunes do get repetitive, but I can easily get over that for the lyrics.
  • The Blood Traitors. Oh dear. Their one song is enjoyable, but pretty dull and lacking in the energy of the original song it is based off.
  • The Blood Pops. Eh.
  • The Bludger Kids. Ugh.
  • A Bludger to The Head. It is pretty cute, actually. There needs to be more Luna love among the wrock bands.
  • Bronze and Blue was kind of painfully boring.
  • Blue and Yellow Wand. I’m confused. Is she singing?
  • The Blue Eagles is very… one chord strum and the repetition of the word “felix”.
  • The Boggarts. Finally! This was some nice triumphal music. Liiiike.
  • Books and Cleverness. Move along.
  • The Bookworms is a cute setup. However, I am falling asleep to the music. Bland, really.
  • The Boy Who Wrocked is by no means a particularly good band. But I am still having fun listening. This time it really is purely subjective.
  • The Boyz Who Lived has good singing! Makes me think of that band Cartel. It’s cute. I will definitely listen to this more! Except, they have like, one song.
  • The Broom Closet Diaries. Bleh. (I’m getting pretty monosyllabic…)
  • The Brothers Black. Yes yes yes thank you, a good catchy band. Goes to my listening list! Especially their song “Don’t Wanna Be A DeathEater”!
  • Buckbeak and the Hippogriffs was cute, in a country sort of way. They can actually play music, its just not my type.
  • The Bulstrodes is definitely a pretty cute band. I don’t know why I use that term so much. Too bad the sound quality does not make me want to listen much.
  • Butterbeer Chuggers. Based on the name alone, I think they’d be great friends with the team. Until I listened to the song Veritaserum. Um.
  • The Butterbeer Experience. See, this name makes me think if somehow the singer got drunk on Butterbeer. That said, this is a pretty decent setup. The lyrics are nice, and she has a good voice. The more I listen to it, the more I like this.
  • The Buttermellows. I like the folksy thing going on, although it is a bit “whiny”, like my roommate commented. Problem: every song really just sounds like the other.
  • By The Great Beard of Hagrid is a GREAT name. I will use it in exclamations now. The song, however, is very…eh. But good name.

I FINISHED THE Bs! Oh dear Merlin, this is going to be long.


[The Wrock Project] Installment II [A]

Ahem. Shall we continue?

  • As I Lay Dobby is a young metal band, and is like all young metal bands. That’s basically it. I really like how they chose Dobby, though, and I like their lyrics.
  • The Auror Dawlish was actually pretty funny when I started paying attention to the lyrics of the song “The Leaky Cauldron”.
  • Avada Kedavra Killer is a cute band, and better in its cuteness than some that I’ve seen so far.
  • The Azkaban Breakout. Cool name. Moving on.
  • Azkabane was seriously entertaining and the “Ode to Harry Potter” pretty listenable.
  • The Azkaban Escapees are actually cute and a kind of chill, quiet lullaby band, as far as I can tell. Their sound is pretty messy, which can get very annoying, but I’m assuming that is their recording equipment.
  • The Azkaban Work-Release Program is definitely one of the better bands I have heard, in melody, band story, and lyrics. I would definitely recommend this group. They should definitely improve the quality of the recordings of songs other than “The Conscience of a Death Eater” though.

[The Wrock Project] Installment I

Hallo blog! I realize I have been neglecting you lately, but now, due to the fact that my twitter was getting flooded, I bring the Wrock Project to this blog post!

What is Wrock? Why, WIZARD ROCK (as if I wasn’t enough of a geek/nerd/dork). It’s inspired by, of course, Harry Potter. And since I’m a geek through my Quidditch Team I might as well start listening to some and see which ones I like. I’m going through them alphabetically. Now, since I was flooding my poor twitter with my comments, I’m passing them over here and the proceeding to write more!

  1. Starting to listen to Wrock as I do my homework. I am such a geek. 7:04 PM Mar 28th
  2. It’s official, Project Wrock has started: for the next few days I’m going to listen to Wrock bands and link to the ones I like/amuse me
  3. “I’m On a Broom” by The 8th Horcrux http://www.myspace.com/the8thhorcrux really cracked me up!
  4. Liking the clap/chorus part of “Dumbledore” by ABCDEFG! Otherwise, kinda meh for me
  5. EVERYTHING from Aberforth Dumbledore and the Nannies CRACKS ME UP, but “Goats” in particular is hilarious http://bit.ly/bGTAYD
  6. Accio Hagrid! has a cool name, but all the singing does is make me think of Alvin & the Chipmunks and laugh http://bit.ly/bFiS59 XD
  7. Both love and hate “Hufflepuff is For Weirdos” by The Acid Pops. I feel it’fs too mean but otherwise it’s fun http://bit.ly/decEZD
  8. The Canadian group The Acid Pops, however, didn’t gain a favourable comment from me http://www.myspace.com/theacidpopswizrock
  9. On the other hand, it’s pretentious of me to say that considering I’m not musical or a good music critic, but tis my humble opinion
  10. Loved every single of Alas Earwax!’s songs, so fun for an HPnerd!!!! http://www.myspace.com/earwaxrock
  11. The Albeus Humbledores had a cool name but I can’t listen to their music, to be honest… #wrock
  12. Albus and Dumbledore was a meh artist. #Wrock #WrockProject
  13. However, I do like “Elder Wand” by Albus and the Dumbledores, even if it is a short guitar riff http://bit.ly/9p4FJ0 #Wrock
  14. “Teddy’s Man Points” by Albus and the Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledores is hilarious though short! #Wrock

And that is as far as I tweeted before deciding my followers were probably suffering. On to the next part!

  • The lyrics for “Buy You a Drink [Wrock the Yule Ball]” by The Albus Severi are hilarious and the song is better than I expected. Fun = )
  • I LOVE love LOVE the Demo Track that The Albus Severus Potters has on the site. Is there more coming out?!?!?! When?!?!
  • All Abroad the Knight Bus is pretty funky, although their songs do get monotone. For me it’s more of a “listen to the lyrics and laugh” thing, unlike The Albus Severus Potters where I seriously want to listen to the actual music that the demo hinted at. “Cursed” is pretty funny, following Harry’s adventures as a night-time rule breaker and what seems to be his constant bad luck and trouble magnetism, and I quite like the base music. However, “Detention Sucks” annoys me. A lot. “A Pensieve Full of Memories” was surprisingly restful and really helped me chill out and do my work. I also actually liked “Quidditch Games” more than I usually would a song of this style. Unfortunately, their demo for “A Day in Hogsmeade” really bored me. Mixed reviews for these guys, but they actually have a variety of songs which gives them a plus in my book (blog). Besides, they have a pretty cool name.
  • The Amazing Merlin is good – as only a slight metalhead (I haven’t stopped to listen to The Sword or Walls of Jericho in a long time, damn), I found I could sit and enjoy this and every so often get the urge to headbang a bit (which I refrained from because I’m supposed to be doing homewor and headbanging would distract me even more). “The Dragon” is probably my favourite of their tracks, and I prefer the vocals version of “Storm of the Wizard”. A bit more toned down than I expected, but fine.
  • Amortentia stuck a blank for me. I suppose the guitar melody/harmony/whatever (I suck at music, shush, I just know there is a basic guitar sound there) was ok, but otherwise. Bleh. At least the idea for their song “Draco’s Gay” is fun.
  • My my, look at that, another band named Amortentia. This one definitely is better than the other Amortentia, and “Argus Loves” in particular is interesting, as it is written from Argus Filch’s viewpoint.
  • Anapnea. This solo singer seems to me to be doing Covers (I’m not sure about Full Moon and Between the Bars), and he has nice vocalization. Perhaps he should collaborate with somebody for more creative work?
  • Angelina and the Chasers is a rather good find so far – I like the harmonics (I sound like I know what I’m talking about!), and the song themes. Some parts of the lyrics could be more creative, but I can definitely sit and enjoy them. “The Frozen Smile” in particular really puts me in a sad, contemplative mood, but then it deals with one of the twin’s death…

And that was the first installment! Wait with bated breath for the next one! (Or shake your heads and chuckle, if you prefer).


Dad and Books!

My dad came back from his business trip to Boston, which makes me a very, very happy kid. Additionally, he talked to a trustee of Mount Holyoke, who reassured him and through him me, that I’m probably going to have a good time getting into colleges. I certainly hope so.

My dad is baaaack *sings* I really missed him, especially since soon I’m going to have to go away to college, and well, I’m going to miss my family. He also got me some two shirts even though I didn’t ask him for any – I specified books, and maybe a pashmina, jajaja! He’s been amazing so far, no fights etc, and I’m just… overjoyed his back.

THE CRUX of this post, however, is the list of books my dad got on his trip! Here they are! I can’t wait to read them!

My Requests

He wasn’t able to get all of my requests, obviously, but he did amazingly well. I gave him two authors, a few specific recommendations from Mr. Pruzinksy, my English Teacher, and requested some books about Third Culture Kids. My dad was really impressed with Mr. P’s recommendations, as well as my request for Earth Democrac. He plans on reading them as well, so I guess these are going to become family books.

  • Earth Democracy – Vandana Shiva
  • What is the What – Dave Eggers
  • Drown – Junot Diaz
  • Terrier – Tamora Pierce
  • Unrooted Childhoods; Memoirs of Growing Up Global – Anthology
  • Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds – David C. Pollock and Ruth E. Van Reken
  • A Gift of Dragons – Anne McCaffrey

Family

  • Dreams from My Father – Barrack Obama [Everybody is going to be reading this…]
  • The River of Doubt – Candice Millard [He got this for my brother but really recommends it to me as well]
  • 2009 State of the World: into a warming world – the Worldwatch Institute [We are getting a lot of books and reading regarding this subject in my family. My dad says this was an amazing book.]

Of course, he brought magazines and a few candies as well, but it’s the books that I like the most. Besides, I’m glad I can hug my dad again, and I’m all the more aware how I’m going to miss my family.

Gods above and below, I am grateful for my family and life.


Review: Runaways Vol. 1 : Pride and Joy

I decided to start reviewing what books I read… and this time I start with the comics I just picked up my school’s library! New shiny books… hmm… beware for spoilers, but it’s the first volume, so it isn’t much of a problem.

I had heard about Runaways before, and it was mostly good. I did like the beginning, although the pacing threw me off, the art threw me off, and the comic in general threw me off because I have gotten so used to manga. Manga tends to have a different pacing, and the art is very different – in this case, the lack of exagerated expressions shocked me a bit. I’m looking forwards togetting over this and start reading comics more regularly (when I was a kid in Boston I would read some X-men completely out of continuity or order, but I didn’t care.)

The story seems promising: we have a group of teens whose life is turned upside down overnight, and trying to do the right thing, even if it goes against their parents. The kids seem to have good personalities overall, and the way the groups (both The Pride and their kids) interact is interesting.

Things that irked me:

  1. The scene where Nico is inside her room going frantic for her black nail polish. I mean, can we stop with the “girl takes forever to get ready” scene?!
  2. Molly acts so childish. I swear I wasn’t so childish and innocent at that age! Or my friends!
  3. The dumb jock stereotype with Chase… I get the feel he won’t create much problems anyways and wil lalways be the annoying guy in hte group, but create really minor problems. Big problems are saved for the female characters…
  4. “Lucy”‘s crying scene when she discovers she’s well… not of this world. It bugged the heck out of me.
  5. Parental race stereotype: Alex’s dad is like a a Gang boss (Anybody else headdesk at the idea of the africanamerican guy being the suit-dressed gang boss? It might just be me, I haven’t seen him yet.)
  6. Parental race stereotype 2 : Nicos’  parents (asian) are apparently dark cultists.
  7. The whitey alien parents are hollywood celebrities! XD

Things I found interesting:

  1. Two characters out of five are not caucasian. And one of them is their leader.
  2. Well, the story is interesting ❤
  3. I have no idea what to write anymore

I’m off to do homework now! T-ciao!


Reading the Classics-“101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers”

Copying Steph with this. 18 out of 100, huh? Maybe I should read more classics than rereading my favorite fiction…:

Author Title
Beowulf
Achebe, Chinua Things Fall Apart
Agee, James A Death in the Family
Austen, Jane Pride and Prejudice
Baldwin, James Go Tell It on the Mountain
Beckett, Samuel Waiting for Godot
Bellow, Saul The Adventures of Augie March
Brontë, Charlotte Jane Eyre
Brontë, Emily Wuthering Heights
Camus, Albert The Stranger
Cather, Willa Death Comes for the Archbishop
Chaucer, Geoffrey The Canterbury Tales
Chekhov, Anton The Cherry Orchard
Chopin, Kate The Awakening
Conrad, Joseph Heart of Darkness
Cooper, James Fenimore The Last of the Mohicans
Crane, Stephen The Red Badge of Courage
Dante Inferno
de Cervantes, Miguel Don Quixote
Defoe, Daniel Robinson Crusoe
Dickens, Charles A Tale of Two Cities
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor Crime and Punishment
Douglass, Frederick Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Dreiser, Theodore An American Tragedy
Dumas, Alexandre The Three Musketeers
Eliot, George The Mill on the Floss
Ellison, Ralph Invisible Man
Emerson, Ralph Waldo Selected Essays
Faulkner, William As I Lay Dying
Faulkner, William The Sound and the Fury
Fielding, Henry Tom Jones
Fitzgerald, F. Scott The Great Gatsby
Flaubert, Gustave Madame Bovary
Ford, Ford Madox The Good Soldier
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von Faust
Golding, William Lord of the Flies
Hardy, Thomas Tess of the d’Urbervilles
Hawthorne, Nathaniel The Scarlet Letter
Heller, Joseph Catch 22
Hemingway, Ernest A Farewell to Arms
Homer The Iliad
Homer The Odyssey
Hugo, Victor The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Hurston, Zora Neale Their Eyes Were Watching God
Huxley, Aldous Brave New World
Ibsen, Henrik A Doll’s House
James, Henry The Portrait of a Lady
James, Henry The Turn of the Screw
Joyce, James A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Kafka, Franz The Metamorphosis
Kingston, Maxine Hong The Woman Warrior
Lee, Harper To Kill a Mockingbird
Lewis, Sinclair Babbitt
London, Jack The Call of the Wild
Mann, Thomas The Magic Mountain
Marquez, Gabriel García One Hundred Years of Solitude
Melville, Herman Bartleby the Scrivener
Melville, Herman Moby Dick
Miller, Arthur The Crucible
Morrison, Toni Beloved
O’Connor, Flannery A Good Man is Hard to Find
O’Neill, Eugene Long Day’s Journey into Night
Orwell, George Animal Farm
Pasternak, Boris Doctor Zhivago
Plath, Sylvia The Bell Jar
Poe, Edgar Allan Selected Tales
Proust, Marcel Swann’s Way
Pynchon, Thomas The Crying of Lot 49
Remarque, Erich Maria All Quiet on the Western Front
Rostand, Edmond Cyrano de Bergerac
Roth, Henry Call It Sleep
Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye
Shakespeare, William Hamlet
Shakespeare, William Macbeth
Shakespeare, William A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Shakespeare, William Romeo and Juliet
Shaw, George Bernard Pygmalion
Shelley, Mary Frankenstein
Silko, Leslie Marmon Ceremony
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Sophocles Antigone
Sophocles Oedipus Rex
Steinbeck, John The Grapes of Wrath
Stevenson, Robert Louis Treasure Island
Stowe, Harriet Beecher Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Swift, Jonathan Gulliver’s Travels
Thackeray, William Vanity Fair
Thoreau, Henry David Walden
Tolstoy, Leo War and Peace
Turgenev, Ivan Fathers and Sons
Twain, Mark The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Voltaire Candide
Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. Slaughterhouse-Five
Walker, Alice The Color Purple
Wharton, Edith The House of Mirth
Welty, Eudora Collected Stories
Whitman, Walt Leaves of Grass
Wilde, Oscar The Picture of Dorian Gray
Williams, Tennessee The Glass Menagerie
Woolf, Virginia To the Lighthouse
Wright, Richard Native Son

Catalyst And Petered Out Running

Well, I’m on a reading roll. Books have that habit on me. Or I have the habit on books.

Ever feel like books control you and don’t let you put them down?

Before yesterday, I got The Life of Pi and finished it in time to return it to Mr. Pruzkinsky today. I got two new books, shiny teenage ones that are serious but more toned down after the two more serious books I had recently read. (The Life of Pi and The Glass Palace). However, I just finished Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson, one of my favorite authors ever since I read her book Speak, and well, let’s say I’m brushing off salt from my cheeks. Wow. My worries seem insignificant now. But more real.

But besides that, I don’t have much to add about the book, except her style.

I love how she narrates. How she mixes the equations and scientific thinking of the protagonist. I love how she makes this thinking so real, and so vivid. I don’t know enough to explain it even more, as I am currently trying to bloc The Simpsons that my brother is watching.

I don’t know how to say exactly what attracts me about her style here, how she builds up Kate´s narrative, and so personally- I literally feel in her head. No, I feel I’m reading her brain. This is how she thinks, this is ho wit goes ,and her impressions are so linked up by Anderson’s style that it is easy to fall into the story and feel I am running, non-stop, into the story and in the story with Kate’s life.

I think another reason why it affects me so much though, is because a lot of it deals with stress, the feeling of incompetence, school, work, college, homework ,good grades, the whole load I’m going through.

Differently of course.

But close enough to strike a particular chord- alright, several, many chords. I can feel what Kate feels about MIT, her disappointment, no, heart-break at not being accepted, the frantic feeling that it is all-or-nothing, and the loss of control, going, going down the track the slippery mud thats frantically sucking.

This is becoming too much of a metaphor on my life. At least it has given me another look at it in a sense. Though Kate’s story is much worse.

But dammit, if the style doesn’t just work perfectly.