Followup to my ebook rant

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

Buh-bye 2008

I’ve been a horrible poster in 2008. Part of the my problem is twitter. I’m posting more smaller posts that normally might have gotten channeled into a blog post.

Now I’m sitting here at home, watching the 9:30PM news and listening to the gunfire in the ‘hood. Its New Year’s Eve! We have to pull out the guns and shoot them! bleh. dumbasses. Quite the glamorous life, innit? After being sick, I probably won’t make it to midnight. Oh well.

If I had been industrious, I’d have a list of books I’ve read this past year, and a good set of resolutions for next year. The Terminal already asked about resolutions, and I had some good ones. One of my Christmas presents was a MSF class. I do want to ride my scooter more! My biz was good this past year, and I hope that it goes better next year. Its a chancy thing in the new economy, but I’m not backing down and I already have bookings for 2009. I’m going to try to post more here in ’09, but I won’t guarantee it.

Thank you to all of you who do come here and hang out occasionally. I do appreciate you all. I wish us a joyous and prosperous New Year!

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.