Wednesday, July 28, 2010

American Gods - how's it going

I'm a terrible, terrible readalong host, and have a feeling I should never do this again - lol.

So. We're what, about ... two to three weeks into it, right?

How's it going?

How far along are you? Are you enjoying it? Have you inhaled it already? Are you finding it a struggle? What do you think of the basic concept of the story?

Of Shadow? Of Gaiman's narrative voice?

I'm something like ... 200 pages in. But I have read American Gods before, and I love it. It's such a beautifully simple idea - that when people immigrate to America, they bring their gods with them. I haven't had a chance to do what I really want to do - sit down with it for a few hours and really get stuck in - for me, American Gods isn't really a pick-up-put-down kind of book: it demands time, and attention. Hopefully this weekend I can take American Gods on a date.

So - how are you going? Thoughts? Either discuss in the comments, or leave a link to your blog post and I'll drop by.

Er. Probably. I'm a little forgetful.

Monday, July 19, 2010

It's Monday! What are you reading?

I have, finally, started American Gods. Only something like five days late for my own readalong, but better late than never?

I've read American Gods before, and so far (70 or so pages in) it's turning out to be a very pleasant revisit. I love re-reading old favourites – it feels like I'm visiting old friends, which is why, I think, I've read Lord of the Rings so many times. Nothing like the occasional visit to Middle Earth to brighten my day (although I'm STILL stuck on The Two Towers from our readalong earlier in the year ...)

Uhm ... let's see, what else. I finished The City & The City last week, and will be co-reviewing that with Jodie at - we've already had a very interesting discussion about the book, and have decided to expand on that. :)

I'm trying to think of what else is coming up ... oh! The Enchantment of Flesh and Spirit by Storm Constantine – probably after American Gods – and then possibly Middlemarch, for Nymeth's - - readalong. Possibly.

I also still have Gone With the Wind, The Two Towers and Horns on the nightstand, although I think I'll have to re-start Horns when I come back around to it.

I'm also going to have to start a book-buying ban, because I'm getting stupidly out of hand. Books aren't cheap here, and I seem to be coming home with at least one book every week. I've started a spreadsheet, and I'm up to 70-something already – and that's basically just the books on my spare nightstand that are piling up. (It includes 12 library books, but still ...)

So I don't have anything in mind, really, except for MAREE DON'T BUY ANY MORE BOOKS FOR QUITE SOME TIME, OKAY? So I'm going to try that whole reading my own books thing.

I hope.

Happy reading!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Two short reviews

Short reviews again. (Also as an aside - that might be my most favourite picture of Patrick, ever).

First up is Private by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Jack Morgan is an ex-CIA agent who owns Private, the most exclusive and possibly most expensive, PI agency in America. There's always plenty going on at the agency for Jack and his crew of talented employees. However, when Jack's best friend's wife is murdered, Jack finds himself in the middle of something completely unexpected.

I have to say, I enjoy Patterson. He's especially good for a reading slump because all of his chapters are, like, a page and a half long. I think Private was my speediest read so far. And it's a good story; it was suspenseful enough to keep me reading, and the cases were intriguing and unusual.
7/10 Someone else cooks dinner – yay!

Next is Blackwork by Monica Ferris

Blackwork is part of a Needlework mystery series, centred around Betsey Devonshire, who owns Crewel World - an embroidery store - and finds herself periodically caught up in evil doings. As you do.

Halloween is approaching, and the small town of Excelsior, but the residents are distracted when town alcoholic Ryan McMurphy is found dead in a closed room. Suspicion centres on Leona Cunninghahm, a practitioner of Wiccan. It's up to Betsey and co to find out the truth.

I like the odd cosy mystery, and I enjoy this series partly because of all the needlework references. For me, the case is secondary to that and the interactions between Betsey and her friends. It's a fun diversion though.
6/10 Leaving work 30 minutes early

Sunday, July 4, 2010

It's Monday, What are you reading?

Hmmm ... my book pile this week is the same as last week, except I've given up on The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao for now. I was enjoying it but hit a wall halfway through, so I've set it aside. My reading is so patchy right now that if I'm battling with a book, I'm going to set it aside for a bit.

Sorry, Oscar Wao. But I have plans to return sooner or later.

Primarily this week I'm reading The City & The City, with and I'm also reading Trespass by Rose Tremain. My plan is to have them both finished by Saturday, so I can kick off the American Gods readalong in style.

You should join us!!!

Happy reading :D