Sunday Salon: Happy St. Patrick's
Dia duit ar maidin! Happy St. Patrick's day. It is a beautiful day and spring is approaching. I'm looking forward to hanging out on the patio, pondering and enjoying nature again.
I just finished a book that really made you ponder - Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar. One of those book in which the characters discuss the meaning of life to death in a stream of consciousness fashion. Plus one in which I needed the dictionary/encyclopedia several times to look up words and people. Which made me realize I wouldn't have liked or finished the book at all 20 to 30 years ago because I wouldn't have appreciated or understood it. I totally disliked the main character, Horacio Oliveira, and there were times I simply wanted to throw the book across the room in disgust. He had no redeeming qualities and I felt the same way about him as I did about Gatsby in The Great Gatsby. But like a train wreck waiting to happen, had to finish the book. There were two ways to read the book - straight forward or in a Hopscotch manner jumping into 'expendable' chapters the author had written which were suppose to add to or explain some of what was going on. I hopscotched around, letting the number at the end of each chapter tell me what to read next. Which if you weren't paying attention, wouldn't realize you were in an endless loop at the end.
My brain was saturated upon finishing the book and needed time to rest. Couldn't even think of reading anything else. James and I went to the comic book store and Barnes and Noble Friday afternoon and I was quite happy to discover the next book Touch of the Demon in Diana Rowland's urban fantasy Demon series. Perfect book to dive into and escape for a while. I also picked up a few next in the series books such as Patricia Brigg's Frost Burned, Laurel K. Hamilton's Hit List and Keri Arthur's Moon Sworn. So happy my son dragged me out to the store.
I finished listening to the In Death series by J.D. Robb. Was at a loss wandering what I was going to listen too after a year and a half of the adventures of Eve and Roark. I'm so picky about the narrators and love Susan Ericksen. Checked out Lorelie King who narrates Patricia Brigg's Mercedes Thompson series and downloaded the first book Moon Called. Already read the series, so it's fun listening to it as well. Enjoying it so far.
It's book week 12 in my 52 Books in 52 Weeks reading challenge and this week I'm highlighting Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter: Book # 7 in the list of great fiction from SWB's Well Educated Mind. Coincidentally, this is also the anniversary of the book's publication 163 years ago on March 16, 1850.
James has started a new blog based on the latest fan fiction story he wrote called Sonic the Hedgehog Z. which is a mashup involving characters from Sonic, Mega Man, Star Wars and who ever else can cook up. My son has a fascinating imagination. He also wants me to pass on to everyone the news that Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man are getting together in a comic book cross over event called Worlds Collide which will be published across three comic books - Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Universe and Mega Man and starts April 10.
Hubby just finished reading Lincoln's Last Days written by Bill O'Reilly and Dwight Jon Zimmerman. He says it's excellent and one of the first history books he's read that is suspenseful, based on reality and simple enough for a child to read, but also good enough for an adult to read without being demeaning or feeling they are being talked down to. He is encouraging both James and I to read it as well.
Life beckons. My HP Printer took a dump so just ordered and received a Brothers Wireless color printer with scanner and other nifty things. I have the fun of getting it set up today along with planning lessons for the week. One more week to Spring break - Yahoo. Although I'll be spending it doing the taxes. But first - 50 more chapters to go in my book, so off to read. Happy Sunday!