Sunday, August 26, 2012

Super Sunday

It's Sunday... a time of introspection, service, recollection and planning. Or in this case The Sunday Salon. :)

I almost couldn't wait to post this ... I started my book club!! I'm praying it works out! I wanted to start very small but out of the 7 I invited, only 2 showed up. And they were my normal compadres I'd have over any night of the week. But the other invitees simply had conflict for that evening and intend to join in upcoming months. Yay!

And we are named!
That's us. A little libation to help jump start the conversation (pink muscato was a huge hit!).
First we will be reading the memoir by Joe Blair: By The Iowa Sea.

After that we get to vote based on suggestions. (and maybe books our library has multiple copies of since there isn't a book store within 35 miles of here).

It was a happy bookish week!!
I finished listening to The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

 - yes my first time too. I didn't know it was so tragic! sheesh! But I'm so enamoured with that era that I loved every stinking minute of it!! I'm dying to see a movie version now!
There are a couple of other movies in this era that are like comfort food to me, but the names escape me right now. (Not Titanic tho, although I like it, it just had that 'recreated' feeling that some of these others managed to escape.)

I also recieved my THREE books in the mail that I won by participating in the wonderfulness that is #fridayreads on twitter :) YAY!
And the boxed set is the Anne of Green Gables series. I got it at the GW boutique dollar day sale. And I might have passed them up, but someone touched them and all of sudden I had to have them! Like a kid who can ignore a toy until another kid wants to play with it!

Hope your weeks had some smooth prose or at least some poetic license! ;)   

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat

Another of my now typical brief reviews. Maybe I'll start calling the 'review-lets' .... maybe not.

This one is:
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat - Oliver Sacks.

I must say, the intriguing name lured me toward this piece first off, and it deals with some interesting, out of the norm neurological conditions which are fascinating,  but unless you are looking at this book in conjunction with research, it's not always reader friendly.

Sacks stated at the very beginning of the book that he wanted to tell the personal tales of these people, that records of them were so sterile and impersonal, and while he tried with introductory anecdotal information at the beginning of each case, he lapsed right into doctor-speak and lost my interest every time.

So I mark this book as 'read' only because I don't have a 'skimmed to the end' category. 

2/5 for this one I'm afraid. And really sad to have to do it. I had such high hopes.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Snowman and the summer's end

Maybe I haven't read enough crime drama to recognize the nuances, but on finishing The Snowman by Jo Nesbo, I was left feeling like I'd watched an R (sometimes X) rated version of CSI.
Not that it wasn't a fun and compelling read, because it was certainly both of those! Fun the way a haunted house at Halloween is fun and compelling to not only find out if I guessed right on who the perp was but to see who lived. or didn't.

I wouldn't say I'm a fan, but then I didn't care much for Larson either. I thought I might like Nesbo better there for awhile, but without someone as uniquely bold as Lisabeth Salander, Nesbo ended up coming in second least for my tastes. Which isn't saying much really since I don't have any immediate plans to read anything else by either of these guys.

I did, however, read a 9 paragraph short story entitled The Flowers by Alice Walker (click to read it) that absolutely knocked my socks off!! It was most definately an 'I'm-not-worthy' moment in reading and a piece that will stay with me forever. And that I'll probably always judge my own work against watching my bright idea go pale in comparrison.....but enough of that!

But speaking of summer being over (if you know the story you know the reference), my oldest kiddo went off to college this week! Wow! I'm so happy and jealous at the same time! I hope she does well and I hope it lives up to her expectations.

She's had so much that hasn't. Yet she's so incredibly fortunate! Go get 'em kid! :)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Miniature Review - Shutter Island

I saw the movie before I found out that our library book club would be reading this, luckily it was quite awhile before so my memory was hazy-ish on it.
The book was Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

And I downright devoured this book. It was very hard not to project the actors into the characters. But actually I thought they fit pretty well.

It starts out a solid crime mystery that was compelling in itself. 2 Marshalls arrive on a 'Alcatraz'-ish island that houses the criminally insane in a joint penal/mental institution to investigate the disappearance of a patient...the vanishing basically since it is an island after all.

That's like in chapter one and then BAM lets the twists, turns and mind-screws begin.

And aside from having a compelling 'what-the-heck-is-going-to-happen' story, the writing was exceptional! So much better than some of the (to be unnamed so please feel free to insert your least faves) mystery crime drama contemporaries!!

Since I read this for our book club...

which by the way we need a name for our library book club - any ideas?

... I'll probably have more to say on this after we meet and discuss it. Which will still be hard to do on the blog without  giving much away and TRUST me, it's better not to know no matter how much you think you want to know, you don't. but you will. And once you do, you still wont be sure you do.

Drawbacks? I'm not sure, something bugged me and kept me from declaring it a favorite. Maybe it wasn't quite 'chick' enough. Although that sure makes it a great book for the reluctant guy reader. And so not too much of a drawback

That and there are elements like a piece I'm writing and I'm worried about that. But not too much.

So 4.5/5 from me.