Archive for December, 2012

My Updates

December 6, 2012

I’m currently reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon, which is absolutely fantastic. I might get into that in more detail when it’s done, as the critics have done quite enough already. It really may turn out to be the most perfect newer novel I’ve read in a few years.

A couple of Terry Pratchett books, Guards, Guards, then The Light Fantastic were good for a change of pace. Then I started collecting a few more of his books, so it looks like a more permanent pace adjustment is afoot. I thought it would be too silly for me, but he’s so consistently clever and creative that the silly is not enough. Whatever is the term for that most majestic and dignified chord of silly in which waves of undiscovered colors emanate from the sage author’s ears as he clobbers your feeble mind with smoosh after smoosh of deftly presented, groan inducing plot twists, that is the word to describe Terry Pratchett. Someone should invent that word someday, and I’ll use it while I’m reading more of his books. I think he’s pretty alright. He does serious well, too, as his recent Emmy attests.

I read The Solary System and Back by Isaac Asimov, collection of science essays, good if you like Asimov.

Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was a book I wish I’d had when I was growing up. 

There may have been a few others since the last time I posted. Oh, I’m ready The Silmarillion for the first time. That was the one I couldn’t get into when I was little, but it’s good this time around. And I’m reading Honore de Balzac’s Father Goriot. Better stop or I’ll just keep thinking of bookmarks I have out there.

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Got my copy of The Hobbit signed yesterday.

December 6, 2012

I now have a 2012/75th Anniversary Edition of The Hobbit, signed by Garrison Keillor. You can’t explain that. 

Actually, it’s just that I was at his bookstore in Saint Paul and he signed some Christmas presents for me. And then he signed this, making it pretty much the coolest book ever.