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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Sunday Salon 10 August 2008 *Afternoon Edition*

Hello, fellow Salon Members! If I didn't know any better, I'd say there was a touch of autumn in the air here today. I went for a walk earlier, and there was a distinct nip in the air, and it started to sprinkle a little, and it actually was quite the chilly rain! As much as I enjoy autumn, I'm not ready to be done with summer quite yet!

It's been a slow reading week. After my sister left, I kept myself busy at work and visiting with some friends whom I hadn't seen in awhile. Friday evening, I went to see Wicked with 2 friends and all of our respective mothers. If you have never seen Wicked, I simply cannot recommend it enough. I read the book by Gregory Maguire, and to be honest, I wasn't that impressed with it. Eventually I will pick up the sequel, Son of a Witch, and I just discovered that there is a third book coming out in October, A Lion Among Men. I'm not exactly sure what it was about the book that I didn't like (it's been awhile since I read it) but it just didn't speak to me. The musical, on the other hand, makes me cry each time I see the show. It is such a powerful story of friendship, and the music is spectacular and the settings and costumes are just beautiful. The emotions that it brings up in me can almost be overwhelming sometimes.

As for my reading, I did finish J. Scott Savage's Farworld: Water Keep this morning. Mr. Savage sent me this book as an ARC, and I have to say that I was impressed. It was his first novel, and I could tell that he put a lot into its creation. You can read my review of it here.

I'm planning on finishing Water for Elephants tonight. I bought it when it first came out because there was so much buzz around it, but it took me until last week to finally pull it off the shelf and give it a read (also due to two separate friends mentioning that I should read it). It is the story of Jacob Jankowski, who is in his 90s, living in a nursing home, and reliving his days he spent with the circus as their vet when he was in his early 20s. It is a beautifully written story, and I'm anxious to finally find how Jacob's story ends.

After that, I'm hoping to make a dent in my ARC pile. I've received several books over the last couple of weeks that I need to get read and reviewed before I feel I can rightly move on to anything else. I'm continuing on with The Fellowship of the Ring on audiobook during my work commute and if I've got it planned properly, I should finish that right before I head to Florida at the end of the month. And yes, I've even got my books planned for that trip; Agatha Christie's Until There Were None, the second Dresden Files book, and Daggerspell by Katharine Kerr. I'm really looking forward to Daggerspell. So many people have said that I will like it.

I hope everyone has a plentiful reading week.


Irish said...

How long are you planning to be in Florida? Are you sure that three books will be enough?

The three you chose are all really good and I think that you'll just speed right through them.

Literary Feline said...

I wouldn't mind a touch of autumn, but I do hope it waits until after my vacation next month. I need to start thinking of which books I want to take along.

Wasn't Wicked fantastic? I would love to see it again one day.

I am reading Far World at the moment. I've avoided reading everyone else's reviews so far, but as soon as I finish and have written my review, I'll probably come back and compare notes with you.

Have a great week!

tapestry100 said...

Gail - I'm only going to be in FL for 3 days, so I'm thinking that should be enough. 1 for the flight down, 1 while I'm there and 1 for the flight back. If not, there's a huge, loverly remainder book store not too far from where I'm staying, which I'm sure I'll be stopping to while I'm there, so I know I'll more than likely be coming back with more books than I take with me.

literary feline - I'm the same way. I try to avoid everyone's reviews of a book I'm reading until I'm done writing mine.

Today was the last day Wicked was in town, and it was all I could do not to try to get a ticket for the last showing. It's so wonderful!

Irish said...

david - I was sent to Fargo for 1 day to preform an audit not too long ago...with a day of travel before and after. I brought 4 books with me. Had most of them read before I got there. Made an emergency run to Barnes & Noble and picked up 2 more books. One was a Dresden Files book...was a really long one. Started it at the airport on the return trip and had it finished before I hit Chicago. The Dresden books are a quick read when you have the time to just sit and read.

I had thought that by bringing 4 books with me I'd have more then enough. I was wrong. So you might want to bring some spares...just in case. Help knock down more of that TBR pile.

Anonymous said...

I suspect that if I could get outside I would find a touch of Autumn here too, but as I don't 'do' going out in torrential rain unless I'm absolutely forced to I can't comment reliably! We have had no summer at all to talk about here and unless we get one of those wonderful Septembers that the gods sometimes grant us it's going to be a very long winter.

I must look out for Far World - definitely sounds like my sort of thing. And if I were you I'd pack the second Kerr as well, just to be on the safe side.