May 2009 Archives

literary garbage disposal mode


There's something about the beginning of summer (academic calendar summer, not solstice summer) that brings out my appetite for trashy novels. In the past, I've almost always gravitated towards fantasy and scifi for my fiction reading fix, but this year I've discovered a new depth to plumb...paranormal romance!

I started out with the Twilight series, out of curiousity; I'd won a gift certificate to, and decided to use it to buy the Twilight series for the Kindle reader on my iPhone. Then I found a free edition of Lara Adrian's Kiss of Midnight on the Kindle site, so I read that and chased it with the next few books in the Midnight Breed series.

That's the point where I discovered that "paranormal romance" was a genre, and I started digging for comparable books. I stumbled across Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series, which has sixteen books (with the 17th due out in a few days). I love lengthy (preferably complete) series, because I'm a very fast reader, and books tend not to last me long. I'm also much too impatient to wait for the next book in a series to come out. I enjoyed the first eight Anita Blake books greatly, but then Hamilton started to become obsessed with the sexual activity rather than the plot, and the books went downhill. I'll admit that I kept reading, but with less and less enjoyment. I've also now read all the current books in Hamilton's Merry Gentry series, which suffers from some of the same sexual obsessions but manages to retain a tiny bit more plot and character development.

I also ran across the very entertaining "Southern Vampire Mysteries" series by Charlaine Harris, featuring the very appealing Sookie Stackhouse heroine. Of all of the series, I think I've enjoyed that one the most.

One of the wonderful parts of buying the first few books on the Kindle (for iPhone) was that I didn't have to deal with the embarrassment of having people see how lowbrow my reading tastes were at the moment. In fact, that's the only really good justification for buying ebooks that I've encountered thus far. But there's no way my budget could support my current reading habit in that form, so I've been making regular trips to the public library. (The women who work at the circulation desk don't quite seem to believe that I can read five hardcover books in three days, but they're quite wrong.)

Today I've finished off two books in another Charlaine Harris series, and am getting ready to start a three-book fantasy series by Lois McMaster Bujold. I'm not sure how long this reading compulsion is going to last, but I'm enjoying it while it does. :)

i'm back!

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It's hard for me to believe it's been nearly a month since I posted here. I'm hoping that with summer about to start, and my schedule being less hectic, that I'll be able to get back into a regular schedule of blogging.

The biggest reason for the length of this hiatus wasn't work, though, it was personal. Two weeks ago, my husband suffered a severe vertigo attack that turned out to be a transient ischemic attack (TIA), or "mini-stroke." He suffered no permanent damage, but it was a scary few days in the hospital. Then, the morning after he got back, an electrical surge fried more than half of our appliances and electronics and set a surge suppressor in my study on fire. We got the fire out before it damaged anything other than the carpet, but since then we've been dealing with cleanup and insurance replacement issues. (We have a great insurance company, Amica, so it's not a battle...just a lot of work to document and replace everything.)

Add to the normal pressure of end-of-quarter teaching and grading, and the ongoing design work related to the ARG I'm working on with the local paper, and it didn't leave much mental energy for blogging.

I'm not feeling sorry for myself, not at all. I'm beyond grateful that Gerald is 100% recovered, and that no real damage occurred from our electrical mini-disaster. And I'm hoping that we've gotten the worst of our luck out of the way for a few months so we can relax and enjoy the summer.

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