Monday, May 28, 2007

Someone Is Conspiring Against Me...

...to make sure I don't get any sleep. The name of this evil entity? My local public library. It really is good timing, I suppose - when else am I going to have a chance to read doorstop-weight books through all hours of the night and not have it effect my work? Earlier this week these three books were waiting for me:

1. All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris. Sookie is one of my favourite characters - a genre heroine who hasn't fallen into the 'have sex with everyone she meets' ditch. Don't get me wrong - I still read those other books by that other author as soon as they come out, but I like the fact that Sookie still thinks about things and um, has a storyline. Enough said. I had also listened to Grave Surprise by the same author on audio CD earlier in the week.

2. 1634: The Baltic War by Eric Flint and David Weber. I think I read these books as a matter of course because I did enjoy the first book (1632) and enjoyed it so much. Somewhere along the way, however, these became more war (and gazillions pages of battle scenes) writing and less about the up-time people making their way in a new world. Authors, the finger-waving thing you accuse nearly every single female character of doing is very off-putting - repetitive and unoriginal. I did like Eddie Cantrell's part of the story, though.

3. For A Few Demons More by Kim Harrison. Don't have anything to say about this one yet because I haven't even cracked the spine yet... but that is going to happen as soon as I have my morning coffee...

Are you all getting an idea of my preferred reading material? It's funny - I grew up with parents who read escapist fiction - sci-fi/fantasy on my Mom's part and spy novels on my Dad's - so I don't think anyone can blame me for seeking similar escapes. In any case, I hope that the next book that comes my way is The Walker Papers:Coyote Dreams by C.E. Murphy.

But don't worry - reading wasn't the only thing I accomplished this weekend! I finally put the last three remaining bookshelves together in the sunroom (two 6-feet tall and one 4-feet tall) so we can start unloading all the (multitudes of) books we have and start using the sunroom for its intended purpose - a reading room. Although I am sure some knitting will happen there as well...

Andrew and I also managed to catch a double feature on Saturday (Oh, I love three day weekends!) - we saw Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and Spiderman 3. I really couldn't get into Spiderman - Andrew asked why, and the only thing I can think of us that I don't find either the male or female leads attractive and so I wasn't all that invested in the storyline. I liked Pirates of the Caribbean but it had some weird surreal scenes in it. I'm curious how many of the tattoos they were showing in Johnny Depp's shirtless scenes were his own and which were movie artwork.

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Here is a picture of one of the flowers that didn't make it into the last batch - I like the gold in the middle of this rhododendron:

6 comments:

Beth said...

Is that other author you mention LKH? Because I have given up on her completely. (both series) Anita got stupid somewhere along the way. I was tired of every character having to explain the same stuff to her over and over. And Merry never really developed a personality.

You've mentioned some intriguing titles there - I haven't been reading nearly as much as I used to. I may have to look into one of those.

Jo said...

Beth,

You hit it on the nail. I agree with you on Merry - if someone asked me to say something about her all I could really say is that she has a somewhat unfulfilled oral fixation... but I still read them ;)

Nell said...

Lots of good titles there. Get a glass of iced tea and enjoy the sunshine with a good book. That's a great way to spend the day.

Zonda said...

Nice Rhododendron flower! I love to read too..sometimes..it's read or knit! Always interesting to get ideas for new reads from others too! :)

chelsea said...

Thank you for the birthday wishes and all of the wonderful flower pics!!

Batty said...

I have also given up on LKH. Actually, I just sold all my Anita Blake books except the first 3, which still had a plot. Then things got a bit too much for me. I haven't read any Charlaine Harris yet, and this sounds like I should give her stuff a try instead.