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54. “A Fish Caught in Time,” Samantha Weinberg

August 4, 2010 Leave a comment

A quick and very readable history of the re-discovery of the coelacanth, a fish more than 80 million years old and which was believed until 1938 to be extinct.

Weinberg tells the story of the coelacanth through the people who become obsessed with finding it, entwining their lives and their search. I think I caught coelacanth fever, because I keep finding myself fantasizing about how fucking amazing it would be to catch a living fossil, something people believed no longer existed, and something people still hope can tell us more about the moment we climbed from the deep.

Page count: 226
Page total: 14,602
Call number: QL638.L26 W45 2001x

47. “Jaws,” Peter Benchley

July 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Summary: Dang this shark is big and hungry!

This first half of this book was good. I took notes on how not to get eaten by sharks. And then all the sudden, Ellen Brody is seducing Matt Hooper, and then she’s NOT anymore, and this is not what I signed on to read, but if you are going to make me read for fifty pages about her social climbing and wet underpants, at least make it important to the A plot somehow. It’s important in that it gives Benchley an excuse to kill Hooper in the end (spoiler!), but damn.

Page count: 278
Page total: 12,613

46. “Big Fish,” Daniel Wallace

July 9, 2009 Leave a comment

I was pretty disappointed by this book. The sentence structure is really inconsistent and the very short sentences and fragments did nothing for me. If you enjoyed the movie, I would not recommend the book. The movie, however, is lyrical, sad, and exhilarating, so check it out.

Page count: 180
Page total: 20,588

34. “The Old Man and the Sea,” Ernest Hemingway

May 19, 2009 1 comment

Well. That about broke my heart. I can’t believe my father recommended this to my (extremely empathetic) younger sister.

Page count: 127
Page total: 16,572