Here I Blab, Mostly About Books.

Just got an unexpected phone call a little while ago. It was the MRI technician from the neurological institute, offering to pull my appointment forward from 10:30 pm tonight to 7:30 instead, since there’s been a cancellation. I’ve never had an MRI before, and from what I’ve seen on tv, I’m kind of nervous about it. I’m just now having an iced coffee and since I don’t have coffee all that often, it usually gets me quite wired, so I suggested it’s probably best for me to keep my appointment as is, to make sure I’m as calm as possible when the time comes to climb into that big scary machine. Yikes! The technician sounded really nice and suggested I come ahead of time so he can help me get familiar with the apparatus and give me all the time I need in case I get claustrophobic or whatever.

In book news, I finished The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell yesterday. I found it to be a very good book, but probably didn’t have the ideal reading conditions for it. Just now, I’ve cut out what I had written about it here when I realized I should save it for my upcoming review, so stay tuned for more comments.

Since I’m mostly posting on my thread on LibraryThing these days, I’m really behind on my reviews here on the blog. I’ve probably got a backlog of over 50 books that I’ve already posted about on LT, but I’ll cull a selection of those I think are worth posting here, keeping in mind this isn’t specifically a book blog.

That said, I started reading Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin on Sunday, right after seeing the finale of season 1 of the HBO adaptation on television. What a great show that was! It’s alternate historical fiction set in what would be the middle ages in what would probably be England and various territories to the South. Fascinating characters with multiple converging plot lines about all the power games that are played in the many levels of rulers and inhabitants of the “Seven Kingdoms”. Not the kind of reading I would ‘normally’ (whatever that means) be attracted to, but the tv serial was so well done that it completely drew me in. There are 5 (very soon to be 6) major volumes in the series, and now I’m just under 100 pages into the first book and absolutely loving it. In this case, having seen the show is helping me appreciate the book more, as otherwise I might have a hard time keeping all the storylines and characters straight—always a challenge for me (part of my problem with the aforementioned Thousand Autumns, actually). As I get more background on various scenes seen in the tv series, it makes me want to go back and watch those episodes again with my new-found understanding.

I’ve abandoned two books today:
The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910 by Alan Moore. The former audiobook is narrated by Martin himself who reads in a surprisingly flat way. This is probably to convey how the character himself would read the story, but is a bit off-putting. The story is a fictional autobiographical slice of life narrated by man with debilitating obsessive-compulsive disorder. It should be funny to me I guess, but instead it’s just making kind of sad because it makes me think of so many people I’ve met with mental disorders which could be interesting in a fictional setting, but are just kind sad in real life. Must be my current frame of mind. That being said, there’s also this kind of sitcom muzak between every scene which is beyond annoying. Blah.

The second, a graphic novel, was recommended to me as a good example of steampunk at one point, a genre I had vaguely heard of before but wasn’t personally acquainted with. But unbeknownst to me, I picked up a volume which is NOT the first in the series as I had supposed. I rarely make that kind of mistake as check up with LT for that sort of thing, but I’m just completely lost and not enjoying it as I should.

So… on to other things. Goodness knows I’ve got plenty of other good books to choose from, and never mind all the other creative stuff I’ve got to keep myself busy in a most healthsome way! :-)

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