Thursday, February 07, 2008

books

I received a box of discounted books yesterday that I had gotten at Daedalus, containing Kathryn Davis's The Thin Place, which I read a few years back, and absolutely loved. So I'm glad to have it here. I also got a while back another book that was about quite a lot more than it seemed: Jamesland, by Michelle Huneven.

But now I've gotten an e-mail admonishing me to get going on my copy editing of the American history tome, all 1300 bound pages, so it looks like I'll have to put my reading on hold for the moment.

7 comments:

goatman said...

American history only interested me in later life. I don't know why they teach it in high schools with uninspired teachers and boring facts and figures. Easier to grade, I guess!

Becca said...

How wonderful that you live near Lookout Mt! I'll have to have a look at the two books you mention. Have a great day ...

Vienna for Beginners said...

I find it is a real loss of quality of life if one does not find enough time to read some good fiction on a regular basis. Good luck with your editing!

Mouse said...

Do you ever think how great it would be to swap lives with another person for a few weeks?
Right now I'd like to live in Seattle, live in an apartment and work in a library
And I have no idea why reading your post made me think of that!
I am obviously going batty in Brittany!

lorenzothellama said...

What a rigmarole voting in the US sounds! I do hope Barack wins. I think he is lovely and maybe he will be able to stop the senseless Iraq war!

My mother did get the silk made into a dress. Her neighbour cut his Arum Lillies for her bouquet and they had just enough rations to make a chocolate cake! Her best friend already had a bridesmaid dress so they had quite a nice, but small wedding.

I'll continue the story in the next posting.

Gledwood said...

Talking of discounted books: do not EVER fall into the trap of having James Michener forced upon you... no matter how "historical" and "worthy" his tomes are... masquerading as novels they are about as dull and turgid as fiction has ever been... popular/"literary"/whatever else...

ie in plain English a sheer CROCK OF SHITE!

yeah I know they look impressive on your shelves for bougeois dinner parties ... but these are massively overpriced geetings cards with 800+ pages of useless printing inside...utterly ukky. Utterly crap. Take my advice as a onetime attempted reader of this nastiness: AVOID LIKE THE BUBONIC PLAGUE.

Surely the plague would be a far pleasanter way to go than being taken down daily by the interminable side-effects of Michener's stultifying attempts at characterization, dialogue and narrative prose...

Anonymous said...

1300 pages of American History actually sounds wonderful to me.
Carolyn
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