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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

change of plans

Went to the library today to get Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler. I'm hoping that that one, or perhaps its sequel, turns out to be appropriate for my class in the Spring. I figured I'd read that on the plane, then move on to The Life of the Buddha (which I have to teach when classes start in January), whatever essays catch my attention out of The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who (which I have to thumb through so that I can get a sense of what's appropriate for submissions to this planned project on the mythological dimensions of Neil Gaiman['s work]), and Perdido Street Station, which I have have been wanting to read, and am also auditioning for my course in the Spring. Sounds like a great plan, yes?

But, despite the fact that the book showed as being on the shelf when I checked last night, the library did not, in fact have it. What to do?! Well, the bus wasn't coming for another 1/2 hour and it was unpleasant outside, and I was in a library, for crying out loud, so I decided to look around and see if there was anything else I wanted. As if there wouldn't be. Did you know there was a new Sookie Stackhouse book out? I didn't. It's guaranteed to piss me off, but I'm going to read it anyway. Unless it really begins to bore or anger me, in which case I'm just going to put it down and move on. No, really - after the last one, I'm ready to walk away if it isn't actually entertaining me. Now, I'd say I was going to read it on the plane, but it's in the house with me right now, so...

I also picked up Craig Ferguson's autobiography (it's got to be at least a little bit amusing, right?) and a book of poetry by Kay Ryan. She wrote this poem, which I love, and I suspect that I will find others in this collection that I also love. So, um...rather that just the one book (which I put in a hold request for), I came away with 3. And I will totally read those 3, plus the other 3 over the break. Right? These 3 are likely to be quick reads, so I think it's toatlly doable. And the last few times I traveled with books, I devoured them and then sat watching Barbecue play Gears of War, a nd played Soduku and Bejeweled on the plane, so I think it'll be ok.

1 comment:

  1. Next time you're looking for reads, try Tabitha King's One on One. The prose is fantastic and very evocative of time and place. She's also Steven's wife and may actually be the better writer.