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March 16, 2007

Book Review Catch-Up

Obviously, my intentions of writing a mini-review immediately after every book I read was a little over-ambitious. Here's a little catch-up. Not everything I've read, but everything that springs to mind at the moment.

Making Love the Bruce Campbell Way by Bruce Cambell
What can I say... I'm a sucker for Bruce Campbell. Not only is he one of the most entertaining B-movie actors alive today, but he also one gosh-darn funny dude. This is his first novel... kind of a psuedo-autobiographical story of his (completely fictional) big break into the world of A-list movies. Very tongue-in-cheek. Completely over-the-top. Definitely a fun read. Pet peave: Really large type size almost doubles the length of the book. Not sure why that bugs me so much... kinda seems like cheating somehow.

Un Lun Dun by China Mieville
This novel is the brilliant China Mieville's first foray into "young adult" fantasy fiction. Two twelve-year old girls stumble into a through-the-looking-glass version of London, and embark on an epic adventure, meeting all sorts of wacky characters along the way, etc., etc. After the first few chapters, I got the sinking feeling that this was going to be another formulaic Yound Adult "Chosen One on a quest, battling evil" story. I should have had more faith in China. He manages to turn a lot of those conventions on their heads while still keeping it accessible to a young audience. Not my favorite China Mieville novel (read Perdido Street Station and The Scar), but entertaining. I'll probably buy a copy to keep on the shelf until Alex gets a little older.

Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
A short story collection by "Sandman" creator Neil Gaiman. Like most short story collections, this is kind of a mixed bag. Some good stories, some yawns. Wasn't reallly knocked out by the poetry entries.

Virconium by M. John Harrison
I'm feeling lazy, so I'm just going to paste in this book description form Amazon:
"Available to American readers for the first time, this landmark collection gathers four groundbreaking fantasy classics from the acclaimed author of Light. Set in the imagined city of Viriconium, here are the masterworks that revolutionized a genre and enthralled a generation of readers: The Pastel City, A Storm of Wings, In Viriconium, and Viriconium Nights. Back in print after a long absence, these singular tales of a timeless realm and its enigmatic inhabitants are now reborn and compiled to captivate a whole new generation."
So yeah... beautiful writing, dark, intense, viceral story-telling. I'm really enjoying this one. I haven't gotten to read the last section yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

On Not Blogging

While I really like the idea of keeping a blog, it's pretty obvious that I am, in fact, no blogger. I've been thinking about why that might be, and I think it boils down to these bullet points:

1) I'm fairly busy, between work and parenthood. The time between when I get home and when Alex goes to bed is pretty much spent exclusively hanging out with my son. He's way more fun than blogging. The time after Alex goes to bed is mostly spent eating dinner, cleaning, taking care of bills, etc. And admittedly, watching some TV. That's right, sometimes I'd much rather watch Battlestar Galactica than blog.
2) I sit in front of a computer all day at work, and don't really like to do it that much when I'm at home.
3) I'm not a public person and don't really want to be. Unless I know you, I don't really like to share.
4) It takes me awhile to compose my thoughts in writing, and usually the time commitment involved outweighs my desire to write anything in a blog.
5) The parts of my life that I would be willing to post on a public blog would really be of no interest to anyone, including myself. So why bother.

With that said, I have no intentions of deleting this blog. It will stay here... and I'll probably even post to it occassionally. I might try to keep up the book posts, just for my own reference. Who knows. We'll see.

March 28, 2007

The Birthday Boy - Year One

Today our son Alexander is one year old! It's hard to believe that an entire year has gone by since this amazing little kid came into our lives. He makes my world a better place on a daily basis.

In the space of a year, from this:

To this:

I can't wait to see what the next year brings!
Happy Birthday, Alex!

About March 2007

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