The Movie is Here in Thunder Bay. Don't Miss it.

The Movie is Here  in Thunder Bay. Don't Miss it.
Indian Horse, the movie based on the book by Richard Wagamese

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Glenn Ponka's reading list

"Ilium" by Dan Simmons - this is an amazingly creative science fiction novel. The protagonist is a 20th century scholar of Homer's Illiad brought back to life in the far future, by the Greek gods living on Olympos Mons (the Texas-sized mountain on Mars). For the gods he has spent a decade secretly observing the battle between the Greeks and Trojans at Illium, covertly mingling with noble Hector and the man-killer Achillies. Well, he falls for Helen, and decides he can stop the war... And then there's two other major plotlines, one with babied post-literate humans on earth, and another about a small Shakespeare-loving robot and his friend, a two-ton, crab-like robot who is a Proust enthusiast. And they live around Jupiter. It might sound a little crazy, but it is impossible to sum up the novel in a few words, and that's good.

"Olympos" by Dan Simmons - this is the continuation of "Illium", and the madness continues on, fascinating and wonderfully interesting.

"Stardust" By Neil Gaiman - a fairy tale, new and wondrous. I haven't seen the film yet, but I hear it does a good job of adapting this lovely novel.

"A Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson - this is a walk through science and history, it explains what we know of the universe, and tells us about the eccentric people who figured it all out. A great book to read and learn from.

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