Pandora by Anne Rice

Pandora (New Tales of the Vampires) Another vampire tale… sort of. Basically, this tells the same story Marius already told, but from Pandora’s point of view. And it really didn’t tell much about her life after she and Marius broke up, sometime around 300 A.D. It sort of felt like Rice’s heart wasn’t really in this one. Maybe she had a contract to do another vampire book, but she didn’t have a new story in her.

Mania

My son played a soccer game Tuesday night. Who schedules 8 year olds to play a soccer game that doesn’t get finished til 9:15? Seriously. It was 10:30 before the poor kid could get to bed. AND it was the night before a test. Sheesh.

He got 100% on the test, but that’s beside the point.

And he now has an injured foot. He says someone stepped on him in the game. Poor kid.

No pictures

Today, my lovely co-worker came back from 3 weeks off for illness. We had a pot luck luncheon in honor of the occasion. Do I have pictures? No. Why not? I never can remember to take pictures! I don’t even have a decent digital camera.

I have friends who keep their cameras in their purses so they can take pictures of any and every event. Not me, unless you count my cell phone camera, which is really the only way I can get a picture of anything, really.

I tell myself I’m too busy living it to remember to take a picture of it.

Giotto’s Hand by Iain Pears

Giotto\'s Hand (Art History Mystery) This is an Art History Mystery. Also known as a Jonathan Argyll mystery. Jonathan Argyll is a British art dealer living in Rome with a Roman police officer on the Art Squad. Somehow, he always ends up helping her solve cases.

In this one, her boss, General Bottando, thinks he sees a pattern to a group of art thefts dating back 30 years. He doesn’t take it too seriously, but Flavia (the one who lives with Argyll) does a little looking into it. The trail leads to Norwich, England, and a tiny village in which murder and mayhem seems to be par for the course.

It was a fun little read that read very quickly.

Don’t Know Much About Anything Else by Kenneth C. Davis

Don\'t Know Much About Anything Else:Even More Things You Need to Know but Never Learned About People, Places, Events, and More! (Don\'t Know Much About...) Once again, I have to be up front and tell you I got this book as a review copy. But still, I liked it.

The book is divided up into sections based on subject. Like Entertainment or Events. Each section has little 2 page chapters on different items. Like Elvis or The Cuban Missile Crisis. The first page has an introduction paragraph or two and a quiz. The second page has the answers to the quiz.

I love this stuff. I read the whole thing in 24 hours. I love trivia, although Mr. Davis insists this is not trivia, it is important information for all Americans. I don’t know if I agree that all Americans need to know that George Washington’s dentist was not the first to use a drill, or whatever. Anyway, it was fun.

My favorite quizzes were on Banned Books and Paperback Books. Duh.

Well darn.

I just had the garage door fixed. It broke on Friday night, and I refused to pay extra to have it fixed over the weekend.

The garage door guy said it’s time for a new door. I said I’d put it on the list.

Territory by Emma Bull

Territory I really hope this book is the beginning of a trilogy or something. For two reasons. Firstly, because it’s really good. And secondly, because that would explain the inconclusive ending. I mean maybe everyone is supposed to know the particulars about what went down at the OK corral in Tombstone AZ, but no matter how many times I’ve seen the Val Kilmer movie, I just can’t keep it straight.

Basically, this is a retelling of the events leading up to the famous shootout at the OK corral with a twist. The big twist here is that Wyatt Earp and Johnny Ringo and a few other major players in this show are magicians. And not the “watch-me-pull-a-rabbit-out-of-my-hat” magicians. I mean the kind with real power. Wizards if you will.

The magic is not huge and blatant and silly. It’s pretty subtle. Maybe you can’t tell who is and who isn’t. And the writing is just fabulous.

This is the first book by Emma Bull I’ve read, but it won’t be the last. Especially if there’s more coming in the Tombstone saga.

Busy Day.

My son played in a soccer game at 8:30 this morning in a steady drizzle. It was a 6 on 6 game. Our team had 5 players. They all played the whole game. They were exhausted, but they were happy with how well they played. The only made 1 goal, but they are playing kids at least a year older and seemingly much larger than that one year gap should make. So they have no intention to win, but making a goal is reason to celebrate.

Then, I took my daughter to the Nutcracker auditions. She loves to be in the Nutcracker. Last year she was a mouse. It’s loads of fun.

Tonight, I went with my coworkers to the Light The Night Leukemia/Lymphoma walk for the cure. It was a good evening.

If I could remember what book I finished last, I’d tell you about it. I’m tired.

Slash by Slash

Slash Mike actually gave me this book for my birthday last year, but I’ve been saving it. It was worth the wait.

The thing I noticed about this autobiography that made it different from others is that he doesn’t spend a lot of time analyzing his past behavior through the lens of whatever therapy he’s been through. That just comes off so wrong when authors do that. “I was acting out against my sense of abandonment by…” blah blah blah. There isn’t any of that in this book. On the other hand, there were a couple of time where he’d say something like, “I don’t really know why, but I just liked smashing all the glass on vehicles that didn’t belong to me.” And I’m thinking, “Maybe you better get that looked at, Slash.”

Also, I was amazed that he managed to keep the vitriol regarding his leaving of Guns N Roses until about page 260. I think that shows great restraint.

Ahhhh.

I have the day off. It’s raining outside (for the 3rd day in a row). I’ve done the dishes already. I am just going to sit around and read today.

Mike, on the other hand. Not such a great day. Remember how I mentioned that he has some horrendous cold thing? Well, the doctor called in a prescription and made an appointment for this morning. When Mike got there, they told him his appointment was for NEXT Thursday. What is the point in that? That was the earliest they could get him in. They made this big deal about how they were going to be nice and squeeze him in. There were 2 people in the waiting room. Seriously. By next Thursday, he’ll either be well or dead. Either way, he won’t need the appointment.

Well, crud.

My daughter was diagnosed with an ear infection yesterday, and now Mike is down with a bad throat and a fever. He has an appointment in the morning, but it looks like it’s going to be a long night.

Girl From the South by Joanna Trollope.

Girl from the South This is one of those shelf sitter that’s been hanging around for years. I finally decided to give it a go. This is pretty much British Chick Lit. Now, I don’t know if it’s better than regular chick lit because it’s British or because it just is, but it wasn’t as annoying as the usual fare. That said, I’ve never read a Joanna Trollope book before.

Gillon (with a hard g) is the eponymous girl from the south, but she’s not very Southern if you ask her Charlotte, NC society grandmother. She goes to London for a job when her perfect, younger, society housewife sister announces her pregnancy. She meets a girl and her boyfriend, Tilly and Henry. Tilly wants to get married. Henry doesn’t. Gillon suggests that if he really wants to photograph great nature, he should go to Charlotte. Then she is mortified when he actually takes her up on it.

You can see the end coming before it ever really gets going, but it was a nice, quick, light read.

August reading recap.

I didn’t have a whole lot of reading time in August what with the moving about of furniture and the buying of (incredibly sweet) cars. So this won’t be an amazingly inspired post.

Books Read in August:
How to Read Novels Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster – Much like his other book How To Read Literature Like a Professor except with less astounding insight. Still entertaining, though.
The Stranger by Albert Camus – Major shelf-sitter. Read it in one day. Frustrated by the fact that the narrator was so detached from his surroundings and actions.
The Fifty-Minute Hour by Robert Lindner – This had been on my list for years, but the library didn’t have it, and I never could find it. Then I found it on the sale table at Barnes and Noble. It is five case studies of people with interesting psychological problems. Especially the guy who believed he flew to other planets.
Coastliners by Joanne Harris – I actually liked this one better than Chocolat. It has the same small French village setting, but a different village.
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem – Very interesting narrator as he has Tourrette’s Syndrome. I don’t know how Lethem wrote all that ticcing in there. Amazing.
Jane Austen’s Guide to Good Manners by Josephine Ross – I was annoyed that this was shelved in the etiquette section when most of the etiquette rules espoused in the book are no longer valid. Made some parts of the novels make more sense, though.
Kiss My Book by Jamie Michaels – A cute YA novel where a teen author gets called out for plagiarism. She tries to start her life over in a small town.
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin – I am trying so hard to give sci-fi a chance, but I have huge troubles with made-up languages. The story is quite good, though.
1001 Books for Every Mood by Hallie Ephron – Another book about books that definitely increased my wish list.
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler – I’ve been watching the movie repeatedly, so I decided to re-read the book. Still like the movie better.
Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon – I love this series. Venice is like another character in the book, but my favorite character is the detective’s wife.
The Watsons and Emma Watson by Joan Aiken – The Watsons is the book Jane Austen left unfinished when she died. Emma Watson is Joan Aiken’s finishing of the book. I didn’t think it was as true to Austen’s style or sense of delicacy as Aiken’s other books.
The Pirates! In and Adventure with Ahab by Gideon Defoe – The pirates try whaling in order to pay off the loan for their new boat.

I promise not to give a separate run-down for every book I read in future monthly recaps, but since I didn’t get a chance to review any of these, I thought I’d do it just this once.

My favorite was probably Motherless Brooklyn.

Well, still crawling down the tunnel.

But the light at the end is getting brighter!

My computer and desk are back in the office and running! The office is painted that nice taupe color. The ceiling fan is installed. It looks very nice. Now we just have to go through all the stuff in the living room and decide how much of it is trash and how much goes back in the office. Unfortunately, all my stuff is pushed in a corner and surrounded by Mike’s stuff, so I can’t even get to it to go through it. Sigh.

Reading: Slash by Slash. grin