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Results will be posted later this year!
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Top Ten Worlds I’d Never Want To Live In OR (since some of you might not read stuff with different worlds) Top Ten Characters I’d NEVER Want To Trade Places With
(Thank you, LibraryThing for the images)
1. Panem – Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Series
2. The Community – Lois Lowry’s The Giver
3. Siberian Work Camps – Ruta Sepetys’ Between Shades of Gray
4. Seville, 1480 – Geraldine Brooks’ People of the Book
5. Bon Temps – Charlaine Harris & Alan Ball’s True Blood Graphic Novel Series
6. Iran – Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis
7. Seattle – Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies Series
8. Illéa – Kiera Cass’ The Selection Series
9. Dystopic England – Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go
10. The Realms – Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle Series
Title and Author(s): Ayn Rand and Christopher Hurt’s The Fountainhead
Hours: 32 hours, 4 minutes
Source: Harris County Public Library eBranch
Reasons for Reading: My first attempt at reading Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead happened in my teens. However, I hit the wall and threw in the towel. Nine years later, I picked up an unabridged audio version and listened to the entire thing. As one of the winners in the Revisited Challenge, I selected the audio version route yet again.
Summary: Expelled from his architectural school in 1922 for refusing to follow traditions, genius Howard Roark travels to New York and works for disgraced architect Henry Cameron. Roark’s former classmate and antithesis, Peter Keating also moves to New York. However, Keating’s sycophantic ways land him a position with the prestigious architectural firm of Francon & Heyer. Keating succeeds and makes partner after causing Heyer’s fatal stroke. Meanwhile, Cameron retires and Roark opens his own office. When he refuses to give in to the will of others, Roark receives little business. Roark closes up shop and takes up work in Francon’s granite quarry in Connecticut – leading him to his first encounter with Francon’s exquisite but most contrary daughter, Dominique.
One Thing I Learned from this book: Ayn Rand didn’t have much sympathy for people. I’d say she’s a rather black & white sort of person.
What I Liked: I liked that Roark was true to himself. I felt I could see these characters and understand what Rand attempted to express.
What I Disliked: I couldn’t quite handle Roark’s relationship with Dominique. While the author may have seen it as appropriate, I thought it was violent. Also, I thought this book would’ve been easier to take in serial form.
Rainbow Rating: Orange – Restricted from those under age 17
You might also like:
- Jack Kerouac’s On the Road
- Robert A. Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land
- Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises
- F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
- Ayn Rand’s Anthem
- John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men
- Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451
- Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World
- Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha
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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~
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A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.
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(Don’t forget to vote in Bloggerversary event and enter raffle to win a gift certificate.)
(ICYMI) In Case You Missed It:
- 2013 in review
- More technical difficulties
- Jorie’s Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2014
- A New Feature – Starlight Reviews
- Bloggerversary Giveaway
- Starlight Reviews – Ruta Sepetys’ “Between Shades of Gray” & Sean McCollum’s “Joseph Stalin”
- Top Ten Things Jorie Wants More of In Books
- Seeing the Story – The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
- Finished Reading:
- 57th Edition 😉
- The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday
- Revisited Reviews
- New Feature Launch – What Are You Reading?
- Finish reading:
My Book Haul: (Thank you, Goodreads, for these images!)
Reasons for Watching: The latest Mickey Haller/Lincoln Lawyer Series book – Michael Connelly’s The Gods of Guilt features many characters from the first book in the series, also called The Lincoln Lawyer. As I kicked off 2014 by finishing Connelly’s most recent novel in this series, I continuously referred to previous summations of The Lincoln Lawyer. Then, I thought I should check out the DVD of the 2011 movie to refresh my memory. I requested the movie from Harris County Public Library.
Summary of Movie: Defense attorney Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) practices law in the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car. His chauffeur, Earl (Laurence Mason), drives Haller all over LA as he provides legal services to various clients. A couple noteworthy clients are a biker gang (led by Trace Adkins) and a prostitute named Gloria (Katherine Moennig). Ex-wife Maggie McPherson (Marisa Tomei) is a prosecutor for the DA. While she doesn’t approve of who Haller defends, she seems to still be attracted to him. They share a young daughter, Hayley.
Haller seems to hit the jackpot when golden boy Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe) clamors for Haller’s services. Roulet, son of real estate mogul Mary Windsor (Frances Fisher), stands accused of beating would be actress/prostitute Regina Campo (Margarita Levieva). With investigator Frank Levin (William H. Macy), Haller looks into the evidence. Haller notices startling similarities between the Roulet case and that of Jesus Martinez (Michael Peña). Martinez received life in prison for a crime Martinez claimed he didn’t commit. Now, Haller finds himself between a rock and a hard place – defend Roulet to the best of his abilities or turn in the guy who’s guilty.
Book to Movie Adaptation: While they changed things from book to movie, I think the essence of Connelly’s work remained. Some names were changed, a few characters didn’t seem to make the cut, and Haller’s relationship with secretary/caseworker Lorna Taylor (Pell James) is different. Most notable is the change of Macy’s character’s name from Raul to Frank Levin. Also, it wasn’t clear if all this action is set in 2005 when the book was published or in 2010-11 when the movie hit theaters.
Review: I thought the movie captured the essence of the book. Yes, I may have preferred a little more about Haller and Lorna. While McConaughey and Phillippe were ideal for their respective roles, I did think that Phillippe needed to seem bigger and more intimidating. That’s how Roulet came across in the book. Lastly, I wish they’d played more of the music Haller mentioned in the book but now, I’m being picky! 😉 So, when are they making the next movie?
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Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist (if you could make authors write about these things you would. Could be a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a time period, a certain plot, etc.)
1. More Females in A Wicked History Series (Catherine de Medici, Lucrezia Borgia, etc)
2. More of alternate history such as Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus
3. Ruta Sepetys’ Between Shades of Gray – Johanna’s view
4. Fictional accounts of early New Orleans jazz
5. Depression-era Texas
6. Twists on traditional viewpoints
7. Friendship & Support
8. Oddball heroes/heroines
9. World War I fiction
10. Local Color!