Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Books Read In May

While May was a busy month of reading, most of it was done within the projects of this blog.  Chaucer and Rabelais took up some time and I finished at least two plays at least week.  Outside of my regular projects, I think I only read two books:

Snow Falling On Cedars by David Guterson - This is a courtroom drama set in a beautiful area, the Juan de Fuca straights between Washington State and Canada.  The crime itself is interesting, but the main force of the book has to do with prejudice towards Japanese Americans both with interment during World War II and afterwards.  Very eye opening.  Also, I find books about island life fascinating.

Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein - A reread for me.  One that I go over every few years and will no doubt push on my children as soon as they are old enough.  This is Heinlein's attempt to tackle questions of 'why do armies fight' and 'are there good reasons for a soldier to soldier'.  Despite the cartoonish title, this is a work with serious philosophical questions posed.  Highly recommended. 


  1. Ah, I had no idea Snow Falling was set around the Juan de Fuca straits! Close to where I live. I guess that means I should give it a try.

    I've only seen the Starship Troopers movie which I'm sure doesn't compare to the book. Another one to put on my TBR.

    1. The Starship Troopers movie makes me so mad! It treats the source material like crap. The book is full of interesting classes and questions. The director of the movie couldn't be bothered to read it, so he just decided to make a movie about a futuristic army. Grrr.

  2. Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein - A rehash for me. One that I go over like clockwork and will probably push on my youngsters when they are mature enough. This is Heinlein's endeavor to handle inquiries of 'why do armed forces battle' and 'are there great purposes behind an officer to warrior'.federal resume writing service will help you for writing!