Saturday, January 30, 2010

Recapping & Theorizing ...

To help you prepare for the final season on LOST (coming THIS TUESDAY! WOOHOO!!!!), here is an 8 minute summary of the first 5 seasons.

And just for fun, here is a real-time recap of the actual crash of Oceanic 815. came up with a list of 100 questions that they want answered in this final season. Check it out at this link and let me know if you think they left anything out that you really want to know.

The biggest question in my mind is "Did the bomb go off, and if so, did it reset the timeline?" What do YOU think happened? Share your opinion in the comments!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Book Review: The Pearl, by John Stienbeck

Here is an excerpt from my review of THE PEARL:


After the success of THE GRAPES OF WRATH author John Steinbeck became uncomfortable with his sudden fame. About this time he reworked an old legend into a new story, which he called THE PEARL. In the story Keno, a pearl diver in a small Spanish village, finds the largest pearl anyone has ever seen. And just in time too, as his baby boy has been stung by a scorpion and needs medical care that Keno cannot afford. The pearl seems to be the solution to all the family's problems ... but is it really a blessing, or is it a curse?


I gave this some serious thought and here's what I came up with:

THE PEARL is about the evils of materialism and how it is better to live without money and be happy. On LOST, the survivors of the crash do almost exactly that near the beginning of the show. They realize that they can live pretty good lives despite their circumstances ... until, of course, they meet The Others. And the last we heard, Rose and Bernard continued to embrace their simplified life despite the changes to the island.

After I exhausted my brain coming up with this I headed over to the official LOST book list and here's what I found:
  • The most obvious reference to this book is that there is a Dharma Station called The Pearl. I can't seem to find any relation between the station and the book though.
  • The theme of the book - that money doesn't bring happiness, and that too much money actually brings unhappiness - is exemplified in the the show by Hurley and his rotten luck since winning the lottery. Much of that was featured in the episode "Everybody Hates Hugo" (Season 2, Episode 4).
So I wasn't exactly off base but I wasn't exactly on target either. Ah well, that's LOST for you!


If you'd like to read my complete review, including what I actually thought about the book, click here to view the post on my blog.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Book Review: The Odyssey, by Homer

I decided to read The Odyssey earlier this year (actually, I listened to it) without realizing it was one of the books on the LOST list. I wrote a very short review on my blog which you can read here if you like.

How does The Odyssey relate to LOST? In the epic poem Odysseus is attempting to return home across the sea to his wife Penelope (and his kingdom) after an absence of many years. One obstacle after another gets in his way but he eventually overcomes them all and makes it home safely. Once there he finds he cannot be reunited with his queen until he has killed all those who plotted against him during his time away. That finally accomplished, he and his wife retire to the countryside.

Now does that remind you of anyone? Desmond and Penny maybe?! I can't believe I didn't pick up on this while I was listening to this story - it makes perfectly logical sense. Penny's name should have been a dead giveaway (Penny = Penelope = DUH!). Desmond has been gone for years, he and Penny have been pining for each other just like Odysseus and Penelope, Desmond and Odysseus meet with many obstacles on the sea including being stranded on an island, and in the end they live happily ever after ... at least Odysseus and Penelope do. Let's just hope that LOST continues to parallel The Odyssey until the end and gives Des & Penny their own happily ever after!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Book Review Format Reminders for LOST Books Challenge

Just a quick post to remind everyone of the format for posting book reviews on the LOST Books Challenge blog.
  • Title your post "Book Review: Title, by Author" (ex. Book Review: Moby Dick, by Herman Melville)

  • Write your review however you see fit, but do try to include why you think the book is relevant to/mentioned in LOST.

  • Tag your post with two tags: book review, and the name of the book (ex. book review, Moby Dick). That way readers can easily find reviews of particular books to see how they relate to the show.
I'm looking forward to reading your reviews as the season progresses!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Join the LOST Books Challenge!

Although this challenge has been open since January 2009, things are just now kicking back into gear for the upcoming final season of LOST beginning on Feb. 2, 2010. Challenge sign-ups are still open and there is plenty of time to get involved. Read on for more details!

WHAT: Read 5 or more books alluded to or mentioned on LOST. Find books here, here, or here. There are some GREAT books on those lists!

WHEN: By the time the series ends in 2010 (we don't know when this is yet).

HOW: You can write a review of each book on your own blog and have us link to it, or you can write it here. If you want to post to this blog, send Amy an email at lostbookschallengeATgmailDOTcom - if you just want Amy to post a link to your review with a short excerpt, send the link to lostbookschallengeATgmailDOTcom

THE BLOG: In addition to book reviews, this blog also features weekly episode recaps, links to LOST-related interviews and news, and anything else LOST that you want to discuss.

WHO: This challenge was conceived of by Amy from My Friend Amy and run with the assistance of Heather J. from Age 30+ ... A Lifetime of Books.

SIGN-UP: To join this challenge, write a post with the books you intend to read and link back to this sign-up post. Then come and drop the permalink to your post in the comment at the original sign-up page. If you don't have a blog, you can simply let us know what you'll be reading in the comment section of that post.

That's all for now ... happy reading, and TRY to wait patiently for Feb. 2!