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So...I'm sorry, guys.  I keep MEANING to do posts here, but then...I don't, because I get busy, or I haven't read anything and I'm kind of embarrassed about that, or I forget.  But, it is never too late to do a check-in!

I haven't read The Luxe yet, because the latest George R. R. Martin A Song of Ice and Fire book came out (A Dance With Dragons) and it is a DOORSTOP of a book.  The thing clocks in at 956 gigantic pages total, and took me about three weeks to plow through, and then I didn't even like it much when I'd finished.  This is going to be a controversial opinion, but Martin advances the plot hardly at all in almost 1000 pages and the plot points that DO happen are poorly foreshadowed and played for shock value.  I don't know, guys, I think I'm done with this series, regardless of whether or not Martin continues to write more.

I'll still totally watch the HBO show, though.

Before ADWD, I read a YA book called Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes which was recommended to me by the Barnes & Noble Nook page.  It was kind of fun, but I couldn't shake the overwhelming WHERE ARE HER PARENTS feeling through the whole thing - Ginny, our 17 year old heroine, jets off on an unplanned (in fact, she is forbidden to plan or take maps or read guide books) and unchaperoned field trip to Europe, dictated by a series of letters left to her by her now-deceased aunt.  I don't know about you guys, but if I tried to tell my parents that a beloved family member was telling me posthumously to fly to Europe alone, with no hotel reservations or accompaniment and explicit instructions not to call or e-mail or otherwise contact my parents while I was abroad, they would have laughed in my face.  It's a tool Maureen Johnson (the author) is using to guide Ginny on her "journey of self discovery," but the whole set-up was so  monumentally unbelievable to me that I had a hard time enjoying the book despite this.

What about you guys?  What have you been reading?


Did you notice that Martin dedicated Disco Dancing with Dragons, in part, to select fans? I saw that and thought, wank ahead! Esp. for such an, ahem, outspoken fandom.

I have been reading loads lately - not sure if it's because there's only a handful of fic that has turned my crank, or what. Just picked up John Le Carre for the first time, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - it's incredible, I'd always assumed he was Dad Lit but it's up there with Graham Greene, wonderfully written and crafted. Also some Muriel Spark, and a handful of noir-ish stuff for holidays (Sjowall & Wahloo and my beloved Simenon). Last month I read a hilarious, provocative book called Extreme Rambling about walking the length of the Israel/Palestinian barrier, and Fathers & Sons by Turgenev - I had a weird translation though, bah. I finally picked up Bonjour Tristesse, which I had always thought would annoy me but, well, what a treat, really.

I am still reading Cutting for stone and though it is good it is epicly long. Ive been reading it since the beginning of July and am still on page 90...of 631. I need another book to distract me.