Archive for August, 2007

August 31st 2007

Free Fall

Free FallThis is the next book in the series by Kyle Mills. Just as interesting and fast-paced as the previous. I’m staying up too late, eating lunch alone, being anti-social. Perhaps for my next book, I’ll pick something less riveting. Unfortunately, I also have Burn Factor waiting to be read… both of these books came from Booksfree so I will be anti-social and read the second one quickly as well so I can return them.

I finally made it over to the library and borrowed six books. I’ve already read two of them… The Bishop Goes to The University by Andrew Greeley and The Fourth Perimeter by Tim Green. Like all Greeley books I’ve read, this one was fun and fast. The major bonus with Greeley books is that most of them are set in Chicago. They make me miss Chicago (though never the weather, of course). The Green book was interesting, but getting through it was more of a chore than Greeley and Mills. And not quite as believable, either. But if you like mysteries and have read everything else, go for it.

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August 17th 2007

Storming Heaven

Storming HeavenFirst, I have to thank Ginny for turning me on to an author I’d never read before… Kyle Mills. The story is a mystery with plenty of twists and turns, interesting and likable characters and a writing style that keeps the pages turning. I’ve got the rest of his books in my Booksfree queue.

On the Bookcrossing scene, I released two books at the grocery store this morning. The exceptional thing is that I did it in a non-sneaky way. I just left then on the bench in the entryway with “I’m a Free Book!” stickers and walked away. Now, that wasn’t so hard. More wild releases are in my future!

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August 13th 2007

A Fistful of Charms

Lawsy, lawsy, lawsy! I registered nearly 200 books on Bookcrossing this weekend, then donated them all to the Schenectady County Public Library. I suspect most of them will show up in their next book sale. Wherever they wind up (on a shelf or at the book sale) is good… people will have access to them. And that’s the whole point.

My goal is to release at least a dozen books for every one that comes into the house… at least until I reach equilibrium. Yeesh, have I got books! This is not as easy as it sounds because books sneak into the house. I’m sure they have little teensy feet like Ballycumber, the Bookcrossing mascot. They climb in windows when no one is looking. It’s the only way to explain the plethora of books that threaten to take over my living space. (Books are one of the reasons why I need such a huge house.)

A Fistful of CharmsReading the latest Kim Harrison book, A Fistful of Charms, that I received Saturday from Booksfree.com. Booksfree is the Netflix of books. Sure, I could get books at the library instead of paying to have them mailed to my house. But I never seem to get to the library. There’s a branch right up the street from my soon-to-be-ex-job, but do I ever stop in after work? No… I just want to get home. There’s a branch next to the bank branch I generally visit, and less than a block from my chiropractor. Do I ever stop in over there? No. Sheesh. Maybe I need a note in my car to remind me.

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August 9th 2007

Variable Star

Variable StarI snuck a fiction book into my bag. I was cleaning off the table, registering books at Bookcrossing, and realized Variable Star by Robert A. Heinlein and Spider Robinson was at the bottom of a pile. Oh my! I had not read this book.

Interesting how the book came about. Apparently, the outline had been languishing in the back of a closet or something and when Mrs. H passed away somebody came across it and decided it was a story that should be written. Kewl. I’ll say it certainly is written in the style of Heinlein. Robinson has his tone nailed, including the morality of a guy stuck in the 50s trying ever so hard to be hip to the sexual revolution. Fortunately for this feminist, Robinson is much more subtle about it than the Grand Master was, so I’m rather enjoying the book.

I’ll finish it up today or tomorrow, register it, then send it off into the wild.

I need to find some rockin’ places to release books. If anyone has any suggestions, I’m all ears.

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August 6th 2007

Organizing from the Inside Out

Organizing from the Inside OutHaving just finished Son of a Witch, I must say I’m quite disappointed. I waded through the unwieldy prose to an ending that seems, to my mind, a bit of a let down. Just slam you into the wall and there it is sort of ending.

So the newest book in my bag, by Julie Morgenstern, is a non-fiction bit that will be engaging for the mind, but not so much the emotions. A good 80% of the books on the stack are non-fiction, so it’s not at all surprising. I definitely need some assistance in the organization department, and there are rave reviews of the book on both front and back covers.

I, of course, exude skepticism all the while willing to be a devotee of The Organized Life. Part of the problem, I’ve come to suspect, is that my house is just too big. Vast oceans disorganization leave me with nowhere to get a toe-hold and a serious case of procrastination. I can manage to keep my (approximately) 100 sf office (at the J.O.B.) relatively organized… but not a 3000+ sf house. Gah! Who needs this much space, anyway? And why do I have all this stuff? (And where the hell did it all come from??)

Perhaps these, and other questions, will be answered while reading Ms. Morgenstern’s book.

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August 6th 2007

Son of a Witch

Son of a WitchAnother fine book by Gregory Maguire, this is a sequel to Wicked. I’m greatly enjoying the story, but Maguire’s style of writing is hard to plow through. That only means it takes longer to read, so I’ll have it finished up this week instead of last.

I’ve still got a stack of books as tall as me to read, and don’t anticipate ever finishing all the books I want to read since people just keep on writing the good stuff. Guess that means I’ll have to live forever. Yeeha!

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