When I get home from work today, my copy of Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire should be waiting for me, I’ve been eagerly waiting for this book for about a year now.
I know (well, I fear) that it won’t be as good as Every Heart a Doorway — it can’t be.
That doesn’t mean it won’t be good, just not as good. As long as I remember that, I won’t be disappointed. Which is my biggest fear.
Am I the only one who plays mind-games like this?
(with apologies to Lee Goldberg for stealing his title for blog posts to describe the strange, the obnoxious, the puzzling emails that he gets.)
Have myself a nasty case of eyestrain today — which makes this whole thing interesting — I got about half of a post written, but I can’t read it, so who knows how good it is. Thankfully, I can still make out graphics enough to black out revealing information, so I can tell a little story and still get a post up today. My eldest assures me that I got the graphics right — and he even fixed a typo that I couldn’t see.
Last year I got this email:
I responded (I seem to have sent several emails that day, most of which were overdue, so I didn’t realize that this one wasn’t):
I got the book, didn’t like it at all, posted about it, and then a couple of weeks later, I got this email:
I chose not to reply.
Fast-forward to this week, when I got this from the same author:
Believe it or not, I said I’d be happy to read it — I think there’s a really good chance that I’ll like this one. I really hope I do — I prefer liking things to any alternatives. (and, yeah, it’d be a better ending to the story).
So here we are with me out of energy and too many books to write about, so I’ll tell a little story and ask a couple of questions instead.
A couple of days ago, I was chatting with some guys, and as frequently happens, one asks, “What’s the best book you’ve read recently?”
It took me about .5 seconds of thought to reply, “Bound by Benedict Jacka.” As you readers all know, from the really long post that I haven’t written yet about it.
Anyway, a moment or two later, I followed that up with, “Of course, that’s actually a recommendation for 8 books, because you need the set to get the impact of Bound. So, the best stand-alone recently is Deep Down Dead . . .” and went out to give them a summary of my blog post on that book (yes, I actually wrote that one).
So, here’s my question: how do you handle recommending an installment in a long-running series? Or, how do you take recommendations for the latest book in a series that’s been going on awhile?
All in all, March was a pretty good month — 29 books finished, nearly not enough written (I’m very tired lately, too tired to write, anyway). A good mix of good books and iffy — with a couple of really good ones thrown in. Which is a pretty decent way to spend a hobby/obsession, no?
So, anyway, here’s what happened here in March.
Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:
- The Sense Of Humor by Max Elliot Anderson
- Mercy Thompson Audiobooks 1-3: Moon Called, Blood Bound, Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs, Lorelei King
- Death Stalks Kettle Street by John Bowen
- HER: The 1st Victor Locke Story by Michael RN Jones
- Snotgirl, Vol. 1: Green Hair Don’t Care by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Leslie Hung
- The Doll (Audiobook) by Taylor Stevens, Hilary Huber
- Cold Reign by Faith Hunter
- Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer, Douglas Holgate
- Hide and Seek by Ian Rankin
- Hack by Duncan MacMaster
- Defying the Prophet by Gibson Michaels
- Pipeliner by Shawn Hartje
- The Book of Three (Audiobook) by Lloyd Alexander, James Langton
- Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
- No Uncertain Sound: Reformed Doctrine and Life by Reformed Forum
- The Person of Jesus by J. Gresham Machen
- The Black Cauldron (Audiobook) by Lloyd Alexander, James Langton
- Robert B. Parker’s Little White Lies by Ace Atkins
- The Forgotten Girls by Owen Laukkanen
- The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
How was your month?
I succumbed to one of those things going around Facebook, and rambled enough that I figured it qualified as a short blog post, so . . .
It’s National Book Week (in the U.S.) [And, no, it’s not, but that’s what the silly FB thing says] The rules are, Grab the closest book to you, turn to pg. 56, and post the 5th sentence as your Status.
Don’t mention the title.
Copy the Rules as part of your post:
Here is mine…
“We can’t risk another event like that.”
That seemed boring, so I grabbed the book that one was stacked on top of (making it almost as close) and got: “Every now and then, Warren reached over and leaned on the horn.” Which is only moderately more interesting.
Both books — both pages, really — contain far more interesting sentences, but them’s the rules.
I am just having one of those weeks — seriously, it’s like my week is manifestation of Murphy’s Law, and the idea of me writing something new is laughable. So here’s a variation of a post I did a year ago — we’ve got some new regulars in the comments, and I’d like to hear what you all say.
Anyway. . .
This was asked awhile ago on some Facebook group I belong to and I thought the answers were interesting enough, I’d ask you:
If you can remember, what was the first book that destroyed you? (that is, which book left you an emotional wreck?)
For me, it was either: Where the Red Fern Grows (which I read most of several times, and all of a couple of times); The High King by Lloyd Alexander between the deaths and goodbyes, I still can’t do it dry-eyed; or Bridge to Terabithia — I can’t tell you anything about the plot (there were 2 kids, 1 girl and 1 boy, right?), the characters or anything, and I read it 2-4 times — all I can remember is emotional devastation.
Looking forward to hearing from you. Share the emotional scars we all know you have. 🙂
Did my taxes (well, mostly) before I wrote today’s post. My brain is fried now and there’s no way that I can come up with something anywhere coherent.
Can’t even find a silly picture, meme, or a conclusion to this . . . someone semi-famous said, “Math is hard!”
Hope you’re reading something non-tax related and entertaining today.