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A Fast Fifteen

Less Than Fifteen Minutes Each
(or at least, that's the target)
Skipped & Skimmed

It's reactionary writing.
Not always accurate.

My thoughts.
My opinions.

Sometimes, the book in hand is little more than a catalyst.

Finally, spoilers (may or may not) abound.

Book a Day

Let's see. At best guess, I have forty books waiting for me in my To Read Stacks (quite the messy affair), along with another dozen magazines. This in addition to the four books I have going and The Bible I acquired yesterday, but have already begun to peruse. It's well over a year's worth of reading material. And it's safe to say, many of these items no longer call to me. Thus, I will be discarding these at the rate of a Book a Day. It's a schedule I will never keep. But that is the plan.

A Short Intro to the Project

Essentially, I shall hold a book for anywhere from five minutes to an hour and as follows are the thoughts that come to mind as I hold, page through, and examine each book... often from front to back, but also, in random order, taking in the cover and the last few pages, prior to taking in the first line, before paging through the remainder, sometimes at an alarmingly fast rate, before going back to beginning or opening the book to a random page... but mostly paging through from beginning to end. So, like, the books are consumed as I desire and not necessarily as intended. And as such, what follows can hardly be called meaningful (or thorough) reviews. Instead, I am trying to relate a feel, my feel, for a physical object in hand... an object which is comprised, overwhelmingly, of words.

This is the type of statement that is true (more or less) for all of these Skipped & Skimmed projects of mine.

Thinking of it as a Poetic Book Review of Sorts might not be a bad way to go.

Also, the proof-reading (of most of the stuff in the Brett's Books spur) comes so late after the writing, it is hard to remember what I meant at the time of first note... a state which is compounded ever further by misspellings and auto-corrections that have the nasty habit of completely changing the original meaning. In other words, this is Art, not a Reference.

{Thus, all short-hand write-ups of this nature are very much akin to the Running Thoughts section as to be found in one of my more typical book projects. And the philosophy behind those is well documented on the Introduction Page, so don't ask me why I feel the need to keep on over-explaining everything.}

The Waste Lands
The Dark Tower Book III
Stephen King

And then, I find myself in a bookstore.

So, I figured I would add these Hyper-Short Reads to this listing.

Magical Realism for Non-believers
A Memoir of Finding Family
Anika Fajardo

The Municipalists
Seth Fried

Yeah. I know. I come off pretty harsh at times. But the previous was not so much a negative as not a plus. So, from the set {-, 0, +} it was the middle point, a push, a failure on my part (or theirs) to care either way.

Also, there are like 100,000 books in this place, so just being chosen is a rarefied honor in and of itself.

Seriously, books (much like this web-page full of words) are worthless. It's the readers that count. You can take that to the bank.

And now, back to my private stacks.

The Con Man
Ed McBain

Participant Manual

This is a rather drawn out and complicated method to thin one's library. It's as if I were a child and prior to cleaning my room I insisted on playing with every toy.

A Moveable Feast
Ernest Hemingway

I could go on. To work or play... which means to drink? But the book is already in the bin. I'm just playing with the echoes of it in my mind, now.

In Conquest Born
C. S. Friedman

Benson & Hedges
Recipes From America's Favorite Resorts

Stand On Zanzibar
John Brunner

Star Maker
Olaf Stapledon

Fun with games of Rummy
Including Canasta and Gin

The Vicar of Wakefield
Oliver Goldsmith

I, suppose, at some point, I should make note that all of these titles made the first cut. And their failing (if any) is that they did not make the second.

Also, it should be noted, I am spending more and more time with each book, finding it difficult to put down and move on, lest I not give it a fair shake... or overlook a gem.

West of the Thirties
Discoveries Among the Navajo and Hopi
Edward T. Hall

Doctor Dolittle's Return
Hugh Lofting

Hermann Hesse

A Series of Unfortunate Events
Book the Third
The Wide Window

Lemony Snicket

On The Beach
Nevil Shute

Living Abstinently
A Guide to FA Tools

Farnham's Freehold
Robert A. Heinlein

Daisy Miller
Other Stories
Henry James

A Golden Guide

The First Christmas
Lew Wallace

The Barbarian
Stan Lee presents

Lord Jim
joseph conrad

I've got a dozen or so (which basically means a dozen, but I am a notoriously bad counter) books to go. I will call this (instantiation of) the project done, when I am done with that dozen.

Heart of Darkness
Joseph Conrad

Falling Up
poems and drawings by
Shel Silverstein

Who Moved My Cheese?
Spencer Johnson, M.D.

Natural Law Theory
Contemporary Essays
Edited By
Robert P. George

I will resist the urge. I desire to nab fewer books. So this next one, I shall dispose of on the fly. A major attraction of it being the notes of others (a student, most likely), so their notes (and underlined sections) are all I shall read.

The Picture of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde

Not bad for a one off. I will have to be more discerning as to my acquisitions, in the future. On the theory of: If not now, when?

The Synthetic Man
Theodore Sturgeon

A Canticle For Liebowitz
Walter M. Miller, Jr.

The Gulag Archipelago
Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

Jane Austen

Going through the books does make it easier to throw them out. If I can't be bothered for a fifteen minute duration, the full text doesn't stand a chance.

The Princess Bride
A Hot Fairy Tale
William Goldman

Doctor Zhivago
Boris Pasternak

Time for the Grand Finale. Don't expect too much. I'm certainly not.

My mistake, there are two more to go. Not the one.

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Thomas S. Kuhn

The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman
Angela Carter

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