I finished American Gods

I did finish Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. I did like it,and I’m still mulling it over. Its a lot darker than Anansi Boys, the semi sequel to it. I’ll be writing up a real review of the book soon. But I’m about to crash tonight and trying to write the thoughtful entry that it deserves isn’t possible right now. 😦 I’m going to be starting Land of Laughs next.

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Tail end of a busy weekend

I got to the library and picked up American Gods and Land of Laughs. I’ve been reading American Gods as I can. But its been a very busy weekend for me, I’ve had 2 jobs that were fairly long this weekend, so I’m still recovering from those. I’ll be continuing to read American Gods around all my other commitments.

Got word from the Library

That the copies of American Gods and Land of Laughs I want to read for Carl’s RIP III challenge had arrived at the branch where I requested them to be delivered. So I now have checked them out and have them here! I’ve started reading American Gods. It starts out a good bit darker than Anansi Boys. I’m looking forward to reading more of it.

Where were you 7 years ago?

It has been the question of the day. Where were you when you first heard the news? What were you doing? I was in my car, on the way to work. The newsperson of the radio station came on and told us about the horrible accident with the airplane and the World Trade Center. When I arrived at work, I joined the other folks who were already there and who had the tv in the conference room turned on. We were all glued to the tv, trying to comprehend. Then when the second plane struck and the towers collapsed we were in shock, along with the rest of the nation. I was one of the folks helping to organize a prayer vigil 2 days later in 5 Points South. It was a way of doing something that let us all start to come to grips with what happened. The enormity of it all was overwhelming to everyone around.

So where were you?

Re-read the last 3 books of Stephen King’s Dark Tower

I haven’t blogged about books recently. Last month I found trade paperbacks of the last 3 books of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. Since I have paperbacks of the first 4 books, I had been wanting to purchase the rest of the series. I checked out these books from the library and read them when they were first published, but its been some time.

The Wolves of Calla resumes the story of Roland, Eddie, Susannah, and Jake. The story owes a great deal to the movies the Seven Samurai and the Magnificent Seven. Our intrepid gunslingers are continuing on their way to the tower, but are asked for help from villagers who’s children are being stolen by the Wolves. This is when the series starts to jump into self referential work and metafiction.

The Song of Susannah deals with the end of Susannah’s pregnancy, and her problems with split personalities. This volume is much smaller than either the Wolves of Calla or The Dark Tower, so it felt a little like it was simply a placeholder. With meeting a young Stephen King and then referencing the accident that came very close to killing him, it has a different feel.

The Dark Tower is the culmination of everything that the series started. The book opens with the gunslingers reaching the point where they have to confront serious minions of the Crimson King. The breakers have been working to destroy the two remaining beams that hold up the universe, so they have to stop them. They also have to save our author from being killed. It works pretty well. I remember when this was first published, there were lots of folks who were outraged that several characters were killed in the course of the book. I thought that, unfortunately, the logic of the story was served by these deaths. After reading about the characters for 7 books, I was attached to ’em.
But the story ended in a way that made sense and brought the story to a finish.

This may or may not count, but I think this is going to be a review for the RIP III challenge.

Heard from everyone in Louisiana

and they are all ok. The folks in Houma haven’t made it home yet, and it is going to be a while before they area has power. The folks in Baton Rouge got power back a week after the storm came through. And the folks in New Orleans are dealing with being on the old pre-Katrina grid. But everyone came through safely. Yay!

Now its time to keep the folks in Texas and northern Mexico who are going to be dealing with Ike, as well as the folks in the Caribbean who’ve been hit really hard this hurricane season in our thoughts and prayers.

Been mesmerised

watching reports of Hurricane Gustav all day today. Its been like a flashback to 3 years ago. I have friends and family down in Louisiana, south Mississippi, Florida, and Texas. We’re 250 miles north of the coast, so we don’t get the initial brunt of the storms, we get them after they’ve calmed some, or we get the rain bands and recurring waves of thunderstorms and tornados that are spawned with the spinning of the system.

Birmingham has evacuation shelters open, and I think that even though they planned for 4,000 evacuees, last I heard we had around 7,000. Shades of 2005.

One of my friends lives in Houma, LA. After it made landfall, the eye passed over Houma. That’s where Jim Cantore was located. Several days ago she had said that her family was planning on riding out the storm at home. When we got word that the hurricane was up to Cat 4, I got really worried for her and her family. I found out today that they did decide to evacuate before Gustav hit. Another friend lives in Baton Rouge. Her family stayed there. They were set to shelter from the tornados. Other friends live in Erath, they had evacuated to Lafayette. And still more friends live in New Orleans. We got the word last night that they were not evacuating. Their house survived Katrina and the post hurricane flooding that did so much damage to different neighborhoods. So they decided to stay behind. I got an email this evening that they are doing ok. The power is out at their house, but they are next door at the bar with a group of other folks who decided to stick it out and have electricity and internet there. 🙂 So far all the people have been able to check back in and let us know that they are ok. I’m really thankful for this. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the flooding in New Orleans that is happening will be much more limited this time around.