Easter break. It was the best of times and…the best of times. I kept telling myself if I could just make it to Easter break then I could make it to the end of the semester. I have however hit that point in the spring semester where my motivation is at an all time low but I don’t think my cooperating teachers will let me slow down.
I took lots of R&R this last week, starting on Wednesday and while I didn’t go to the beach like my brother and sister-in-law did, I did do some reading (couch reading) and I started watching “Outlander” which was a kind of a mistake. I started reading the book about three weeks ago and I really got into it and then I kinda fell out of it. It’s a good book don’t get me wrong but I used it as a “getting out a reading slump” book and now that I am out of my reading slump I probably won’t finish it. I was honestly more interested in watching the TV show then I was reading the book and now that I started watching the TV show…except my free 7 day trial ends soon and I don’t really want to rent the channel on Prime (probably not until May when I am officially graduated!!) so we’ll see how far I exactly get. It is a fabulous series (well at least the first season is) and I look forward to finishing it and finishing GOT as well.
When I went to my brother’s wedding I borrowed from the library the audio version of the book “The Girl who takes an Eye for an Eye” by David Lagercrantz and lo and behold the fifth disc didn’t work. It just said “ERROR”. I had the physical copy of the book but I figured since I was driving nine hours both ways I would just listen to the book. That obviously didn’t work out so I figured out where I left off and sat down yesterday and read the rest of the book. When I first found out that Lagercrantz was continuing the Millennium series I was concerned because he wasn’t the original author and probably wouldn’t do the series justice however, I honestly could not tell a difference in writing style or material or the direction the books were going. This latest installment was amazing and refreshing. The original three books were heavy on content and in depth and certainly “The Girl Caught in the Spider’s Web” was as well but this was fresh and new and a quick easy read which was just what I needed. It is a book you just don’t want to put down because it is fast paced, engaging, suspenseful and leaves you wanting more. I will be very upset if there isn’t another book because there is no reason why there shouldn’t be.
This latest book starts right where the last one left off and explores another aspect of Salander’s childhood, while engaging in current politics and national trends. It brings in all our favorite characters as well as some new ones and certainly doesn’t disappoint. While Salander could be argued to be the main character as always the focus is spread out, focusing on several different characters and how their storylines always seem to connect. Another excellent addition to the Millennium series.
I also finished the graphic novel adaptation of “The Odyssey” by Gareth Hinds and I have to say I wouldn’t have wanted to read “The Odyssey” in any other format (except that I have to). I am currently teaching it to Freshman and I told myself if I had to reread “The Odyssey” it was going to be in a graphic novel form. I was not disappointed and now want to read all classics this way :). Hinds did a wonderful job not only illustrating and bringing to life such a fascinating and spellbinding story but he captured the essence of “The Odyssey” as well…it is a story. It was a story, sung usually, by bards or traveling performers. Before there was TV or theaters this is what people did for entertainment…they told long lyrical stories. I have honestly never been a fan of epics after having to read “The Epic of Gilgamesh” for a World Lit. course but my faith was renewed when I listened to a metrically correct adaptation of Beowulf. I don’t remember exactly who the adapter was but he did it in such a way as to preserve the rhythm and rhyme of the original epic. Epics were usually set to music and therefore had a rhythm to them which often got lost in translation because as usual people are too concerned with making sure everything is translated correctly then they are with making sure it is translated right. Instead of worrying about how it “sounds” they are more concerned with the literal. So my recommendation would be when listening to a translated epic look for a metrically correct version or a graphic novel version :).