Reading post #3

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on November 17, 2008 by brbslicingapple

Wow. I really haven’t written here for a moderately long period of time.

I had to read Hõbevalge by Lennart Meri for school in the meantime, so I had to put a few pieces of reading off for a later time. For more compulsory reading, I will have to read five novellas from Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron.

Added to my non-compulsory reading list would be a collection of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s short stories. It’s called The best of Marion Zimmer Bradley and I hope I have time to read it before its owner wants it back (my mum borrowed it from a friend and lent it to me.) To make more reading time for myself, I’ll have to cut down on the time I spend messing around on the Internet, I guess.

I really did like Lennart Meri’s Hõbevalge, even if I didn’t have a chance to properly read it from cover to cover.

I read the new edition of the book which is actually put together from two books (Hõbevalge first published in 1976 and Hõbevalgem first published in 1984). The title translated is basically “Silver White”.

Hõbevalge speaks about the past of the Baltic and Finno-Ugric people, hypothesising about the various possible ties Estonia, the beliefs Estonians held and remarkable historic going-ons that took place in Estonia a long time ago could have influenced foreign writers and historians. For example, Meri explores the aftermath of the creation of Kaali lake (which was by way of a meteorite hitting the ground) and the traditions and assumptions which might have stemmed in peoples lives from that specific incident.

Most of the book is written in a scientific style, while bits of it are more poetic, and while it might be very convincing, it is useful to bear in mind that it is still a work of fiction first and foremost, if a very well researched one. Meri cites different sources and gives many possible explanations for what he thinks realistically could have happened.

Of course, with strange theories like this one going around, the themes explored in Hõbevalge make more sense than they should.


Reading post #2

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on October 9, 2008 by brbslicingapple

Having finished Oedipus the King by Sophocles, I can only say that it was quite an educative read, even if it might not have been very enjoyable (well, such is the way of compulsory reads) mostly because I think plays are rather dull on paper.

Oedipus deals with the subject of incest in the typical Greek tragedy way: everyone is either killed, of miserable with guilt.

In other news, a few days back I noticed Hesse’s Demian in my bookshelf (honest, I hadn’t seen it there before) and now I really, really want to read it. Well, maybe after I finish most of what I have unread right now…

Reading post #1

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on September 30, 2008 by brbslicingapple

What I am currently reading:

Black Powder War by Naomi Novik. I adore the Temeraire series, mostly because they have the best literary value to me while still being very entertaining. I mean, Napoleonic dragons?! In my opinion, the second part of the series – Throne of Jade – has been the best so far.

What I really should be reading:

Oedipus the King by Sophocles. It’s for school. I haven’t got it yet, but as soon as I get it, it will be read!

Introductory post

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on September 29, 2008 by brbslicingapple

I am a girl, I live in Estonia, I am 16. This might lead you to make a few assumptions about me, but some of those few may be right. Let’s see:

I enjoy reading, (well, kind of hard to miss) writing, (short stories and poems, mostly) drawing, (not pretentious enough to call it painting, even though I do that as well once in a while) hanging out with my friends, sometimes cooking and occasionally (very occasionally) the work we have to do in school.

I don’t have a favourite food to eat, but I love cooking lasagne; my favourite drink is Ocean Spray (yes, they sell it here); my favourite colour is basically anything shiny, because I like metallic colours the most; I don’t have any pets (I’ve got siblings, I don’t need pets); my table top is very messy and I take more interest in looking at make-up than actually using it.

Yeah, and that is basically me. Now I feel like I’ve wasted the fifteen minutes I spent writing this out, but I don’t have anything else to either add or rewrite.