Sunday, April 18, 2010
After several weeks of neglecting these, it's about time I got back into the game.
Last Sunday was my first Sunday Salon in quite some time, and I used it to tally my score for Saturday's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon. Again, it was 582 pages total, including virtually the entire Return of the King and the bulk of Todd Newton's The Ninth Avatar. Both of them fantasy novels, which is, strangely enough, a genre I never read and used to disdain. But I have LOVED The Lord of the Rings, which inspired me to accept The Ninth Avatar from Trapdoor Books for review. While it certainly wasn't the greatest book I've ever read, I still found it fast-paced and entertaining. My review was posted on Thursday. And here is the link to Trapdoor's blog post announcing my review.
Right now I'm about halfway through Georges Perec's Life A User's Guide. (Shouldn't there be a colon after "Life"?) It's our April selection for the Non-Structured Group Read. Each participant will post about it on Friday, April 30. I like it so far, but can't help but wonder: why does Perec keep using the word "heteroclite"? I have never heard that word before and I've already encountered it three times in 282 pages.
Lastly, I'm off to Disney World for three days this week. No, I'm not excited. I wanted to go to New York City and look for jobs in publishing or maybe a museum. Disney World has never been on my list of Places to See. Someone please try to enthuse me.
I should get plenty of Perec read on the plane, though.