Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday Salon: Reading the Summer Away

So how's Science Fiction Month going? Let's see:
  • How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, by Charles Yu (finished),
  • Song of Time, by Ian R. MacLeod, (finished)
  • The Wind-up Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi (DNF),
  • Big Machine, by Victor Lavalle,
  • The Alchemy of Stone, by Ekaterina Sedia, 
  • Yellow Blue Tibia, by Adam Roberts,
  • The Stone Gods, by Jeannette Winterson (finished), and
  • Embassytown, by China MiĆ©ville (reading now)
In other words, I'm making some progress but I won't finish them all. The important thing is, I've made a dent! I hope to have time to squeeze in one more book this month but in a way I hope I don't,  because it's going to be so hard to choose.

I want to also tell you about a great movie that's out now, La Rafle (the link is to the review on my movie blog). It's a nonfictional account of the Vel d'Hiv roundup of French Jews detailed fictionally in the hit book Sarah's Key. It's a wonderful movie and I encourage you all to go see it if it's playing in your area or add it to your DVD queue if it's not. The distributor, Menemsha Films, invited me to a pre-release screening a couple of weeks ago; I'm glad I can finally tell you about it!

Today I'm enjoying Embassytown and plan to spend as much time as possible reading it! No other plans, except maybe a workout this morning. Our car is in the shop so I'll be sticking close to home; maybe we'll head into the Square for some dinner or dessert- anything's possible, but it's going to be a laid-back day. What are you up to today? I hope you have a great Sunday.


Sandy Nawrot said...

I'm not a Sci-Fi person but I would read Embassytown any day. I think he is just the bomb. I can't wait to hear what you think of it.

And this gig of getting pre-screening films...I want in on that! We are big movie people in our house (even more so since we finished our media room!) and this is exactly the type of movie we love. It could be all WWII, all the time for my husband and I! I will add it to the Q.

bermudaonion said...

Sci fi is not my genre, so I'm very impressed with your reading!!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Sci-Fi doesn't really grab me, unless it's something dystopian, and only if it's NOT YA (LOL).

It sounds like you've got a great day planned...and I think I've said this before: I love the Boston area.


rhapsodyinbooks said...

I am dying to read Embassytown, but trying to wait until it comes out in paperback. Nevertheless, yesterday in B&N I couldn't resist and read the first page, just to get a taste... !!!

Anonymous said...

I feel so out of it...I've only heard of one of those authors that you mentioned. :( As for what I'm doing today, I'm "reading" (aka napping). If I do read, it will be something fun, probably a Donald E. Westlake book. Then later I'm going to a benefit concert, a group that does oldies...ought to be fun. At least, the place has air conditioning.

Space Station Mir said...

I just learned today that Sarah's Key is being made into a movie as well, I'm sure you'll want to see that.

Glad you're getting through the sci fi!

Anonymous said...

Have a great day, reading or otherwise.

Nice list you have going.

Kathleen said...

Thank you for letting us know about the movie. I'd love to see the real story behind Sarah's Key. The book really annoyed me except for the parts that focused on Sarah's life during WWII so I'd really like to see the movie you blog about here.

Zibilee said...

Wow, Marie, you really did get a lot of sci-fi read this month, and I am eager to take a page out of your book and start some of that myself! I think I have a copy of The Wind-Up Girl close at hand, so that may be the place I will start. Also, thanks for sharing your info about the movie. When I read Sarah's Key awhile ago I did wonder about the realities of the round-up. I hope that you have a beautiful and relaxing Sunday!