Friday, 18 January 2008


It's my birthday (my 27th). It suddenly dawns on me that I'm not exactly young any more - OK, I'm not old by any stretch but my youth is more or less tapped out. Maybe I can stretch it for another year, but that's it.

It doesn't bother me. Indeed, why should it? A couple of people made little comments today about age (and it didn't help that I left my lunch at home, leading to many remarks about failing mental faculties and so on), but, well, I have my health, I have family and friends, I don't really want for anything (anything that matters; I'm still looking for a laptop and thinking my life will be more complete with a Wii in it). Life at 27 is good so far.

Going to the cinema (I Am Legend) and then for dinner (Korean restaurant possibly) with a friend in quarter of an hour.

The list for 101 Things In 1001 Days keeps growing, but not fast enough... Any suggestions? And also one of things that I want to do is read a list of 101 books in those 1001 days (fair dos, I'll probably read more than that number) but I don't want them to just be books I've read before. Some (like The Hobbit, or the Night's Dawn trilogy, or the novels of William Gibson), sure, but not all of them, not even the majority. Of course, I can't write a list for you of all of the books I have read, but do you have any suggestions for books which are "classics" which you think are good?

Finally, I'm very excited that Empire gave Cloverfield a five star review (I didn't read it, just looked at the soundbite review and star rating) and am anxiously awaiting two weeks from today when it goes on release in the UK.

Oh, and Star Trek!!!

More soon, have fun.

(and noisms, what are you up to? You don't write, where's the love?)


Bilbo said...

Happy Birthday! And just remember, as I tell myself often, that the consolation nature gives men for growing older is that every year, there are more women we find attractive. Books to recommend? Well, how about "The Shadow of the Wind," by Carlos Ruiz Zafon; "The Kapillan of Malta," by Nicholas Monsarrat; and "Embers," by Sandor Marai. All are tremendous stories. If you're interested in nonfiction, I can recommend some of those, too. Have a good birthday!

Andrew Fry said...

Happy Birthday.

I turned 47 on the 16th, so don't give me any of that not young any more. I may go see Cloverfield tomorrow at a matinee.

John said...

Happy birthday. One of my favorite classics--Wouk's The Caine Mutiny.

mattiecore said...

The Pillars of the Earth - Follett

World Without End - Follett

The Woman Warrior - Kingston

Beloved - Morrison

The Sun Also Rises - Hemingway

Light in August - Faulkner

Big Sur - Kerouac

Immortality - Kundera

Death in Venice - Mann

Don Quixote - Cervantes

A Burnt-Out Case - Greene

Martha Quest - Lessing

Burgher's Daughter - Gordimer

The Mimic Men - Naipaul

Without - Hall

Howl - Ginsberg