It’s been a while

There are many things in life I regret, one of which is being a rotten correspondent. I always have good intentions, but we all know where those lead.

Anyway, I’m almost done with the Goodreads Challenge. I’ve read 44 books so far this year. Granted a lot of them were Manga or Graphic novels, they still count. I did read a lot of Supercorp fanfic, but I’m not counting those. I had to stop anyway for reasons unrelated to the show. It all goes back to regret in the end, I guess.

The most recent one finished was The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite, a bi author. I mention that the author is bi because, while I am not, I have been assured by friends who are, that bi-erasure is very real. Reminding people that an entire group is ignored is the least I can do.

Back to the book and regrets. This book was pretty good. It was a period romance, and a lesbian one at that. It almost made me disregard the whole hygiene thing in a way that Sara Waters has not been able to do. But the book was smart, in that it was intelligent and it made me miss conversations about anything other than the crimes of this current administration and coping with a pandemic.

This book made me regret not continuing my education when I had the chance, for all that I was so far removed from a science or math major it’s not funny. Instead of following my desire after graduating college, I let fear and pressure and the really bad mental and emotional place I was in dictate my actions. I’ve done that too much in life. So had Catherine in the book. Like Catherine comes to realize, perhaps it’s not too late to find oneself, one’s passion, and a hot young astronomer.

The one thing in life I do not regret is my twelve year old daughter. She is the light of my life and my reason for existing. She is also twelve, did I mention that? Which makes her a royal pain in the keister at times, but I love her anyway. 12 man, it’s not an age for parental lightweights and it’s kicking my ass.

My daughter, E, is in love with cosplay, manga, and anime. Together we watched one and then I later bought her the video game on which it was based. She binge reads My Hero Acadamia and together we read a yuri series called Bloom into You. Bloom, while gay is not explicit. It’s a sweet multi book series about two girls falling in love. No regrets there, so at least that’s something.

It’s funny. I woke up because my wife’s dog was being an asshole and I can’t get back to sleep. This post just kept going through my head and I know I didn’t say half of what I wanted. Of course, I’ve made this into a book site, not a watch as Hope works out her depression by typing into the void site. So I can pardon myself for being a little vague.

Tl;dr. Regrets suck. Read a book.

Stay safe, people.

The third book

I’m actually a few books behind as I’ve finished the third, fourth, and fifth books. I am way behind where I should be to meet 50 books this year, but I’m pretty confident I’ll make it.

The third finished book was Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. I love King’s books. I really can’t think of a bad one. This one however was amazing.

Doctor Sleep is a sequel to The Shining, but you don’t have to read the first to appreciate the second. However, Doctor Sleep is such a better book.

Perhaps it’s because I have grown as a writer or perhaps it’s because I’ve read a lot of King, but the artistic growth that he has had is amazing. Seriously, if you read The Shining and then Doctor Sleep, you’ll see what I’m talking about. The Shining was one of King’s first published novels. While it is an incredible book, the sequel far surpasses it.

Five stars. I highly recommend.

One book down (49 to go)

I just finished ‘Will in the World’ by Stephen Greenblatt, which examines the works of Shakespeare and attempts with the very sparse historical record of the Bard, to extrapolate a biography.

I have to say I learned some things. Of course many ideas in the book were suppositions. We just don’t know enough about the man from Stratford to fully even attribute the works of Shakespeare to him without controversy.

The book is fascinating though. I really enjoyed it. If you’re looking to know more about not just Shakespeare but the time and political climate he lived in, this is a must read. It was very well researched and the author was always careful to present his suppositions as separate from the facts. This book has also made me realize I know next to nothing about Marlow, being most American lit classes focus on Shakespeare. I’ll be looking for a good bio of Marlow soon. Maybe it’ll be one of the 50.

Anyway, thanks for reading. Stay safe.

Books and Bourbon

Everyone makes lists of things they want to accomplish in the New Year. I decided I wanted to read, write, and try more things. When I was undergoing my health issues last year, there were things I dreamed about doing and I promised myself I would start.

This year I have a book coming out and hopefully I’ll get another one completed. This year I also want to read more so I set a goal on Goodreads for 50 books. I want to share those on here. It gives me an excuse to update my blog more.

I’m also in the middle of a very slow whiskey tasting type journey. I can’t seem to find a place near me to have one so I’m trying things out on my own. I’ll post reviews of that on here too.

Anyway, stay safe, people. I’ll post more later.

Time Away

I have been away for a while. A little over a year ago I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Yesterday was the one year anniversary of the major abdominal surgery. It was a long year and a long process to get where I am today which is back at work dealing with only minor side effects and cancer free.

However, that’s not really what this post is about. It’s mostly to get my feet back in the water and revive my online presence. And it gives me a place to talk about about things.

So hopefully you’ll see more posts in the future.

Thanks. Be safe.

The Tenth Book

The Dark Phoenix Saga. This story line has everything the X-Men ever were or could be: love, loss, tragedy, betrayal, romance, insane superpowers, and the introduction of Kitty Pryde. It had all my favorite X-men at the time, and my least favorite of all time (I hate Cyclops with a passion). It was Claremont and Byrne. It was great story telling and art that jumped off the page. It was and still is a classic.

It’s fitting that this ends my ten book series as it’s one that I’ve been wanting to reread lately.

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Book Nine

My wife hates when I reread Mercedes Lackey because I have to read all the Mercedes Lackey, at least all the Valdemar ones I have. It all started with Magic’s Pawn which I picked up at Walden Books when I was 19. I read the third book in the series and cried all night for Vanyel.

The first several are not the best written ever, and actually Arrows of the Queen and Arrows Flight have several interesting typos, but there’s magic in those pages. These are fun, easy and quick reads, although Lackey does experiment with various dark themes in some of her series, most of them are pretty light, imho of course.

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Book Eight

Listen. Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time…

Douglas Adams led me here. Actually a friend who knew I loved Adams introduced me to Vonnegut. I had read a few of his short stories before, but I had not read his novels. What happened was a love affair that’s spanned twenty years and will last until I die. The man nothing short of brilliant. As a writer, his works are awe inspiring and freeing. As a reader, they are equally amazing and entertaining. His asides and illustrations don’t detract from the story, they add to it.

Vonnegut is one of those authors I would short list on those if you could only read the works of five authors again, he would be on it without a doubt.

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The Seventh Book

This is not my first or even third copy of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I have long since worn them out, lost them or loaned them and never received them back. This masterpiece of absurdist science fiction gives the answer to Life, the Universe, & Everything. That answer is 42. It also gives us two great pieces of advice: Don’t Panic and always bring a towel. It is a perennial favorite and reread. This book and the humor in it actually helped me find the eighth book in this list.

So, grab your towel and climb aboard, but don’t forget your Babel fish.

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