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Got a book from the library today that I read once, but want to re-read because it's been years since I last read it. It is "Never Cry Wolf" by Farley Mowat. Which reminds me, I also want to buy a copy of "White Fang" by Jack London, because that's my favorite book ever, was the first adult book I ever read (so far as I remember), and I periodically re-read it.

Oh, while at the library I also got a book about Yoruba philosophy, religion, and culture. And spotted (and checked out) Marilyn Manson's autobiography, "The Long Hard Road Out Of Hell." It was on display with a bunch of other books about rock bands, so I picked it up.

And the best thing of all! I've been wanting to read "The Voynich manuscript : the mysterious code that has defied interpretation for centuries" by Gerry Kennedy and Rob Churchill for AGES, but the copy at Border's got sold, and the library didn't have it last I looked. But, ironically, that "word go missing" phenomena that happens so irritatingly often to me happened today, I could not remember the word "voynich" and so went looking through my "what I'm reading" tag to find it. Then searched for that term in the library's website, and what did I find but the exact book I'd been looking for before! They only have one copy, but it's one more than they had before!

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christinaathena
Jan. 13th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
Ooh, awesome! The Voynich manuscript is an interesting one. ^_^ Personally, I like the hypothesis that it was a medieval conlang. Though, it would be rather funny if it turned out to be a hoax after all, and centuries of people have tried desperately to decode nonsense. ^_^
fayanora
Jan. 13th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
It would be so awesome if someone thought, "Hey, you know what would be funny? To mindfuck future generations by making a code that is nonsense, but just sensical enough to seem like a real code."

But it would be equally awesome to crack it!
christinaathena
Jan. 13th, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)
Indeed. :-) I rather hope that it is real, and that someone does decode it. That would be really cool if it happened in my lifetime. :D (Or even if it was conclusively proven to be a hoax, either way, for the mystery to be resolved!)
consortofvenus
Jan. 14th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
That would rock. But, no, it would have to mean SOMETHING. Only something mocking, like, haha, got you, bitch. Only more classy. Something Shakespeare would write, if he were doing a hoax like that.

"Ye vile fusion of man and beast! Zounds, how must you haver worked..."

Speaking of which, ZOUNDS? Wtf is that, Shakespeare?!
fayanora
Jan. 15th, 2009 08:28 am (UTC)
It was probably very meaningful slang from his era.
daddys_kitten_
Jan. 13th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
"Never Cry Wolf" is the saddest book ever! Except maybe "A Whale for the Killing", also by Farley Mowat. Have you ever read "The Boat That Wouldn't Float"? That's one of my favorites.
fayanora
Jan. 13th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
Never Cry Wolf is the only thing by Mr. Mowat that I have read yet. But I may just read those, too.

Edited at 2009-01-13 06:05 am (UTC)
deaana
Jan. 13th, 2009 01:48 pm (UTC)
I had a teacher play us the movie for "Never Cry Wolf" in school before I ever knew there was a book, which I read on my own. I found it fascinating, both the book and movie.
fayanora
Jan. 13th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
:-D
weishaupt
Jan. 13th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
i've got that book. voynich ftw.
fayanora
Jan. 14th, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)
I would love to own it someday. I also wish I could find a replica of the original voynich manuscript for sale, and try my hand at decoding it.
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