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Book 63 of 80

October 14, 2010

My sister-in-law Suzy grew up in Indonesia. I was really hoping she had some awesome book about Indonesia up her sleeve…but she didn’t have any book recommendations for me. But then I lucked upon this book and, even though it looks a little dry, I’m happy for the change of pace. It’s Simon Winchester’s Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded.

Winchester also wrote The Professor and the Madman, which I’ve read and thought was good, but not fantastic. With a subtitle like “A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary”, how can you be anything but amazing and exciting? If I remember correctly…it wasn’t always amazing and exciting. Interesting perhaps.

So, I’m expecting the same here — but it might be a little different because I’m far more interested in a giant volcano than the making of a dictionary. I’m a sucker for anything that has to do with natural disasters. Matt and I watched a documentary on Krakatoa not too long ago too — so, this can be like the  book companion for our TV watching.

I’m taking tonight off from grading — I did finish grading my first big set of essays for the year. So, the other stuff is going to have to wait for tomorrow. Plus, I’m officially not allowed to carry anything over 25 pounds now…per doctor’s orders, but I’m not good at listening to them…and the crate full of poetry packets must weigh much more that. That’s a good excuse for not bringing them home, right?

I need a good break from all this work stuff. I have four parent phone calls to make tomorrow about plagiarized papers. (One, by the way, plagiarized from the sample essay I provided. Yup. How idiotic is that? When I confronted him about it today, the boy with the bright-future said to me, “But I wrote my own introduction.” The other ones were off the internet — one from a paid essay site…but the guy should seriously ask for his money back because the essay he bought for $29.99 was riddled with errors. Wasn’t even an ‘A’ paper. And all it took was a .21 second Google search to out this plagiarizer. The Internet — how I love/hate you.)

Yay — settling in with Krakatoa. Erasing my brain from my 48 hours of nonstop grading…filling it with ash, lava, and tsunami induced death. Not too shabby for a Thursday.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Michael permalink
    October 15, 2010 5:54 am

    I’m curious to know if the parents are more upset that their son spent $29.99 or that he plagiarized.

  2. Mome Rath permalink
    October 17, 2010 3:28 pm

    I’ve missed these past couple countries and books since I’ve been traveling, but I’m intrigued about your choice since I was just at an active volcano last Monday. Also, one of my good friends just read Krakatoa and liked it. That said, I’ve already read Winchester’s The Professor and the Madman, and, like you, found it average. I’ll look forward to your review.

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