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.

Finished World War Z

It only took me half a year to get the book and read it. It is an interesting read. There are parts that I was snickering at, and there are parts that are so true to life that I ached for. Check below the cut for more. Continue reading

picked up books at the library

I stopped by the local library branch yesterday and found that they had the books I had requested the earlier. Now they hadn’t called me to let me know. They hadn’t emailed me to let me know either. I need to check out my patron profile to see if they have an email address and the correct phone number there. There needs to be a better way to find out if the requested books are ready. But I picked up Dan Simmons The Terror. I’m going to be reading the books I planned to read for the RIP II Challenge, even if it happens a lot later than I initially intended.

Books read for the trip

I only finished up one book of my previous purchases on my round robin trip last week. It was Robert Rankin’s Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse. As promised by the title, it was a bit surreal. Nursery rhyme characters and toys are alive. Vehicles and other items are run with windup clockwork mechanisms. But it isn’t always a nice place, living in Toy City. Murders happen, and they have to be solved. There are winks and nods made in the direction of the audience. I was amused by the book. The story was strong enough to get my attention. I will admit I was ready to read a book that wasn’t serious or particularly scary while I was traveling after the funeral and on to other events.

I did start the next of my RIP II challenge books, the first of the Colleen Gleason Gardella Vampire Chronicles, The Rest Falls Away. I’m about a third to half way through it. I’m not a romance reader, so the romance tropes are annoying me. Its set as a regency romance, so the Buffy the Vampire Slayer attitude is a jarring anachronism at times to my reading. I’m hoping that the book will drop some of those affectations along the way. I’m going to finish the book, but picking it back up it not as attractive as some picking up some other books.

Art imitates life, and sad news

Life imitates art imitates life.

In the Thursday Next books, there are organizations that are dedicated to the proposition that William Shakespeare did not write the plays that were attributed to him. This is nothing new, there are folks in our reality who assert the same. But now another organization that has the same views is getting press. The article gives some of the folks who doubt, as well as their web site, I’ve not got a dog in the hunt, so make up your own mind about it.

Oh no, I just found out that Madeleine L’Engle passed away on Friday. 😦 I enjoyed her books, and had the opportunity to hear her speak here in town once. She was an enjoyable and compelling speaker. She will be missed.

More books for the RIP Challenge

There are a number of books that we own that fit into the parameters of the RIP II Challenge. I got back into our library today and dug out Dracula and Phantom of the Opera. Re-reads of these books will be fun for the season. And ALW’s musical Phantom of the Opera is coming to town this October, so we’ll be going to the show too. 🙂