Followup to my ebook rant

And after reading xkcd today, I just had to link to it. It is, unfortunately, spot on.

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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.

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.

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.

Order from Barnes & Noble in my hot little hands…

I ordered several books of Elizabeth Bear’s and a couple of books on good motorcycle riding straight from Barnes and Noble. It arrived this afternoon! Yay! More books!

No I don’t have a motorcycle, but lots of the things that apply to motorcycles apply to scooters, too. And as a complete n00b on motorized 2 wheeled conveyances, I will take highly recommended books as starting places for better riding. I do learn from reading, so there are things that I will pick up to add to my store of ideas in my brain for riding. I will be riding during the upcoming long weekend, weather permitting. And reading a bit, around gigs. 🙂