First post of the new year!

First and foremost, I wish everyone a happy new year. Although I do know the greetings are delayed, I have not exactly been indolent these past few days. Since school is once more imminent, I decided to finally finish Mansfield Park; with this goal, I had to refrain from the Internet to progress with Austen’s longest novel. I could have finished sooner but I misplaced the book. I did not totally avoid the Internet, however: as a common reader of this blog would observe, I am very fond of concision, of the aim to obtain mot juste, the perfect expression so as not to mince words. I was thus gladdened when Impz introduced FreeRice to me, a site that (supposedly) donates to the UN’s rice programs every time one gets the meaning of words that progress in difficulty correctly. In the interest of promoting my knowledge of words, I visited the site; needless to say, I have got addicted with it. Reaching level 50 felt great. With these, even my promise to finish ef remains unfulfilled because of these priorities of mine.

I have mentioned in the previous paragraph that I lost Mansfield Park for a few days. Since I eschew doing nothing, I started reading Wildlife by Richard Ford. I assumed that he was an author worth taking time to read because quite a few critics have compared him to Hemingway. I admire and loved Hemingway’s Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls; to date, my favorite short story is “A Clean, Well-lighted Place.” Wildlife has been so far an enjoyable ride; since my writing focus, however, has primarily been classics, I will not write any further on this novel. I liked it infinitely more than the meretricious Mansfield Park, however, although I did like Fanny and Edmund’s characters. But I was able to finish Mansfield Park, unlike the unbearable Guermantes Way by Proust. That novel was simply torture.

Place your bets, please

That was not all I have done within the past week, however. In addition to the extracurricular novel-reading that I have undertaken, I have also sought excellent movies (and also viewed some of them, of course) which starred Clive Owen. I was able to view the dystopian Children of Men, which, despite the grim milieu and the endless wars, was highly redeeming by its end. The sight of salvos stopping to segue the child into escaping was priceless. In addition, with Croupier, I was able to observe silently the seamy side of gambling. Owen’s performance in that film was simply electric. After seeing that film, I have no qualms placing Owen as the next James Bond. His debonair was simply majestic.

With regard to anime, I am not expecting much with this season’s offering, but no one knows what surprises are in store. May you guys, again, have a pleasant new year! πŸ™‚

18 Responses to “First post of the new year!”

  1. Aka Says:

    Happy New Year, mike.

  2. korosora Says:

    πŸ˜€ reading is fun!

  3. meganeshounen Says:

    Err.. I really can’t relate to modern literature, but I will greet you a (belated) Happy New Year.

    Oh yeah, H2O rox my soul.

  4. Lupus Says:

    Happy New Year!

    Um, I haven’t read a novel in a long while. My last novel was Murakami’s (not classical by a looooooong stretch) Wind-up Bird Chronicles, which I MUST recommend because it is both an arresting as well as thought-provoking read. Other that I was reading Steven Pinker’s The Stuff of Thoughts before exams and holiday took my mind completely off reading.

    Anyway, on classic novel w- zzz

  5. IKnight Says:

    Ah, I tend to avoid Austen because (on an English Literature course) everyone else has read her (I like to bring oddities to the table), but I can imagine that possibly she’s not Author of Choice for Biology students.

    Clive Owen as James Bond? I can see that, at least as a stopgap measure till the magic of science produces a young clone of Sean Connery. Also, I like having an actor named Daniel playing Bond. It’s a small boost for Daniels everywhere.

  6. westbluef Says:

    Happy New year to you too although it really is late πŸ™‚
    So, its soul rocking huh? πŸ™‚ very interesting.

  7. Michael Says:


    Sorry for the late greetings!

    I’ve been terribly busy this past week (as can be seen in the post).


    Austen’s pretty meh, but she’s certainly a lot better than Proust. Proust is a pain to read. I can’t even understand what he’s talking about. Camus still dominates my Christmas reading, however. Plague was a really well-written work of fiction.

  8. Ryan A Says:

    Freerice is a nice site. Happy studying and such. πŸ™‚


  9. IKnight Says:

    I’ve never read any Proust, but I have read The Plague recently, and it is win.

  10. Cameron Probert Says:

    Happy New Year πŸ™‚

    I never could get into Hemingway’s novels, I found them a bit tedious. But I love his short stories. But Austen, that I’m not so sure about, mostly because I find most of the Victorian-era writers (with a few exceptions) dull and overwritten.

  11. Cameron Probert Says:

    Happy New Year πŸ™‚

    I never could get into Hemingway’s novels, I found them a bit tedious. But I love his short stories. But Austen, that I’m not so sure about, mostly because I find most of the Victorian-era writers (with a few exceptions) dull and overwritten.

  12. IKnight Says:

    @ Cameron Probert: Here’s a non-dull (at least in concept) Victorian novel: The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope. It’s set in 1980 (98 years after its publication) and it’s about euthanasia. Evidently he had a streak of Philip Dick in him. Worth a look if you can find a copy, for curiousity’s sake if for nothing else.

    @ Michael: Sorry for hijacking your comments section to burble about Trollope, but I do love my literary oddities.

  13. Michael Says:


    No problem. I remember his Barchester Towers, haha. I haven’t read it yet, though. And Plague, IMO is better than Stranger. πŸ˜€

    @Cameron Probert

    A Clean, Well-lighted Place was great. So were his other short stories.

  14. 0rion Says:

    Happy New Year to you as well. πŸ™‚

  15. faye@midniteblu Says:

    It’s late but happy new year lol ^^

  16. usagijen Says:

    Belated Happy New Year! ^^
    Mike, reading every post you have serve as a constant reminder for me to “READ MORE [English] BOOKS!” xD

    I hope I can do that more this year~

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  18. kosze Γ…β€ΊwiÄ…teczne Says:

    Realy good work cheers mate!

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