Friday, November 09, 2007

What are you reading?

So, the request has it. I am currently reading American Creation by Joseph Ellis. I'm not the far into it but so far it has been very interesting. Ellis is a historian who specializes in the American Revolution and has written a couple of books on our "founding fathers". It's an interesting study on how the Revolution period was the most active and creative political period in our history and why it hasn't been easy to spread US form of Democracy to other places, aka Iraq. I decided to read it because it had been a while since I read a book from a zone, so I thought it would give it a shot. I do like reading about history. Humans are fascinating!

Before that I read His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman. Which was excellent. I highly recommend it. I wanted to read it because the trailer for the upcoming movie adaption looked amazing! Now, if you have been reading the news then you may have read about how the Catholic League is planning on boycotting the movie because of it's "anti-religion" message. Pullman is a self confessed Atheist and his book is not very friendly to organized religion but Catholic League misses the point of the book. It's about freedom, faith, friendship and courage. Lyra, who is wonderfully strong female character that is not often found in literature, has all those qualities plus loyalty. She didn't set out to change the world, in fact is more motivated to save her friends and family then anything else. Producers and the director have stated that the film has watered down the religious aspect of the books but the Catholic League just states it's just a clever ruse to indoctrinate kids into atheism because if they like the movie, they are going to want to read the books and bam! They will be atheists! Well here's a suggestion, don't buy your kid the book if you are that worried. Silly people. For all you sane and rational people out there, it is definitely worth the read.

So, what are you reading?

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