Looks like I stopped reading for a week.
Not a chance.
It's just that I was reading four things at once. I can't read In In Cold Blood
right before bed...too creepy. And I have a couple of things on the TBR to finish before I start the Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes challenge
on 2/1/07. So I did finish a couple of things today. If God Wanted Us To Travel
by David Brenner
Published in the early 90s, and shows its age. The Polish, Jew, Nazi etc jokes get old in a hurry. The terrorist/security jokes just aren't funny anymore.
Not that there's nothing here. The short anecdotes & stories are very enjoyable and very real...when David doesn't get puffed with his celebrity status. I imagine that a lot of this might be better heard than read.
In general, this was a good book to read at work...short amusing bites, easy to put down & pick back up. And thanks to ThanksMom for the gift!The Ship Who Won
by Anne McCaffrey & Jody Lynn Nye
Pat, formulaic, enjoyable nevertheless
I'm not a hard-core SF person (and I guess this probably doesn't qualify), but I generally enjoy this series, co written by AM & other authors. This book is a little pat, a lot formulaic...the climax & denouement in particular remind me of preset dominoes falling into place just so. But still, the characters are enjoyable, and I enjoyed it enough to take it into the shower to get a few more pages read.
And lastly...Bride of Dark and Stormy
Oh, how silly...the first 10 of the year for this. But honestly, I haven't enjoyed a book in ages.
This book is a compendium of entries into the yearly Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest
. Bulwer-Lytton is the author who penned the immortal words, "It was a dark & stormy night..." He was well known for his purple prose...and in his honor, aspiring wordsmiths can enter this yearly contest for the worst possible opening sentence of a book.
Unfortunately, this is a BookCrossing bookring book, and it has to move on. Fortunately, I have the entries on the website to keep me warm. My favorite 2006 entry:
"I know what you're thinking, punk," hissed Wordy Harry to his new editor, "you're thinking, 'Did he use six superfluous adjectives or only five?' - and to tell the truth, I forgot myself in all this excitement; but being as this is English, the most powerful language in the world, whose subtle nuances will blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel loquacious?' - well do you, punk?" Stuart