Good Reading : February 2005
trains > planes > buses > ferries Plane from Boston, USA to Tokyo, Japan Travis, 21, from Boston What are you reading? Athenais by Lisa Hilton. Why that book? I read a review and it piqued my interest. What’s it about? Athenais de Montespan, beautiful, intelligent, talented mistress of Louis XIV. Also known as ‘The Real Queen of France’. Did you buy or borrow the book? Bought it. Has it lived up to your expectations? Yes, and more. In addition to being educa - tional, it is humorous and tells an engaging story of love, power, and deception. Would you recommend it to others? Yes, particularly to anyone who loves a bitch who claws her way to the top! Train from Lowell, MA to Boston, MA, USA Judy, 41, from Nashua, New Hampshire, USA What are you reading? The Stand by Stephen King. Why that book? It’s a classic and worth reading a second time. What’s it about? A devastating plague leaked by the military wipes out almost the entire Earth’s population. Randall Flagg, the devil himself, initiates the ultimate battle between good and evil. Did you buy or borrow the book? Bought it 10 years ago. Has it lived up to your expectations? Yes. Would you recommend it to others? Absolutely. February 14th is cancelled Plane from Brisbane, Qld to Tokyo, Japan Adam, 25, from Tokyo What are you reading? Weekend Adventures Outside Tokyo: Travel with a historical twist by Tae Moriyama (translated by Bob and Reiko Gavey). Why that book? This book provides ideas for short trips one can take using Tokyo as a base. What’s it about? As the title suggests, it offers 20 different destinations for day trips, overnight travels, and longer. Places from well-known tourist spots such as Kamakura, Nikko, and Hakone, to places that do not so often appear in guidebooks such as various places in Izu, the Tama Hills, and Chichibu. Did you buy or borrow the book? Bought it. Has it lived up to your expectations? Definitely. It adds so much more to a trip when you know the historical back- ground behind the places. Sometimes the directions and maps are not per - fectly clear, but cross-referenced to a few maps it’s given me no problems. Would you recommend it to others? If you will be in Tokyo for a week or more and would like to see more than just Tokyo Tower and Asakusa, this book would be ideal. Train from Canberra, ACT to Sydney, NSW Camilla, 46 from Canberra What are you reading? Stranger on a Train by Jenny Diski. Why that book? I’ve read other things by her that I liked. This one is subtitled ‘Daydreaming and smoking around America with interrup - tions’ and I thought that sounded promis - ing too. What’s it about? It’s about a couple of long-distance train trips she did around the US. The back cover says it’s in the memoir/travel category but there’s not much description of places. It’s much more about the people she encoun - ters in the smoking car of the train she’s on, with a few digressions into her own past and personality. Did you buy or borrow the book? Bought it. Has it lived up to your expectations? Yes. Would you recommend it to others? Yes, to people who like inconclusive rumina - tions on life and are interested in trains and smoking. It’s not a book for reading in one gulp in a state of page-turning suspense. It’s a good one for reading a few pages or a lot of pages when you happen to have a bit of time here and there.
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