Is it a good thing that I have been reading less and writing more? Also doing more cleaning, more bird care, and walking the dog on longer paths. When I sit down to read, I fall asleep. I don’t eat, but I don’t burn calories. Well, let’s look at the Read Shelf, shall we?
The Mortal Word by Genevieve Cogman
Oh, well. I am of course always looking for a Romance or Romantic Elements in stories. At the end of the book before this, Irene and her dragon were hopping into bed. I hoped to see a continuation of the intimacy between them in this one. And there sort of is. But because of Kai’s connections to dragon royalty and Irene’s slight disregard for some of the Library’s rules and guidelines, they are keeping things slightly under the radar. The book is fun, and as usual, moves at a fast pace between one faction and another. My only real issue so far has been the use of a lot of cats to carry evil magic into a hotel basement. The evil was released, but in the morning, all the cats were dead. Dear Ms. Cogman, have you never heard of the book, Save the Cat? Not only do all the cats die, but there is also no further mention of having hotel staff carry them out, what happened to the bodies, did they ever get the smell out? I’m thinking she wrote so quickly that the issue seemed like a speed bump and not a roadblock. I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt here and carry on.
Brainwave by Poul Anderson
As said previously, this was an old magazine serial that later was merged into a book. Its premise is very cool, a lot like the Uplift series by David Brin. But Brin can write strong women and has the advantage of being a modern writer. Poul Anderson, bless him for eternity, could only write from the culture and ideas of his own time. Therefore our strongest woman never marries because she loves a married man. Even when he’s free, he just doesn’t think it’s right because he still loves his wife. The other main woman is so spooked by all the changes in the world that she gives herself a frontal lobotomy. She then goes off to live happily and stupider with the Morons. So while the ending was bad, the story takes a lot of salt and maybe some A-1 Sauce as well.
Persuasion by Jane Austen
I have listened to this Austen novel at least 3 times in the last year. After Pride and Prejudice, it’s my favorite. Anne is placed in such a bad situation by the foibles of her family and her own desire to be an obedient daughter, that she takes some years to mature enough to get what she wants. That main story, along with the side story of Mrs. Smith, is literature treasure. I can’t get enough of it.
All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank
I’m not surprised that this book by the popular, famous author, has received mostly one and two-star reviews on Goodreads. Nothing much happens. We travel by private jet, commercial planes, submarines, yachts, dolphin, and rented cars. Meanwhile, the main female character doesn’t know how to tell her much older husband that they are broke. Their struggle is rather superficial because their rich friends, also clients, take them around the world as the whim grabs them. And there are little spiritual aspects that have me saying, “Oh, pleeze!” But I love it because Nick and Olivia’s relationship reminds me of mine with my husband. So shoot me. This is my second time listening to the book because I didn’t remember having done so before. Yup. It’s just that good.
Before Mark Hamil’s face was rearranged in a car accident, he was absolutely every girl’s dream. Even after that, he still could act amazingly well. Unlike many of George Lucas’s choices in other roles. It’s so emotional to watch dewy-eyed Carrie Fischer being double-crossed by most of the men in her life. Harrison Ford swaggers better than anyone, and Alec Guinness delivers a level of somber performance I haven’t seen in a long time. A Long Time.
There’s no getting over Star Wars. Once you are hooked and all your friends are cosplaying the characters, you will always want to be part of that universe. Sadly, I could only play Jaba the Hut or that one dancer in his lair. I wonder why I never wrote much Star Wars fanfic?
Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Thursday.