After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to be one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!
2017 edit
I will continue to blog according to my health and ability, and connecting my posts thru Goodreads, so please be patient if things get quiet around here again this year.

2017 edit #2
I am happy to report that my bone marrow transplant was a success and that I'm feeling more like myself everyday. That said, I'm going to try to start blogging a little more frequently, but please bare with me as I still continue to recover.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thursday Thoughts #3 - The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers and Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro

This week, I'm still working on reading Tim Powers' The Anubis Gates and have started Kazuo Ishiguro's Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall. I'm really enjoying The Anubis Gates. Powers wastes absolutely no time in jumping into his story, and I did feel that the main character was a little too easily swayed into joining the adventure (I don't want to go into details and spoil anything!) and then again the main character adapted a little too quickly to his predicament for my liking. But now that he is in the predicament, I feel the story is beginning to drag on a little bit and I wish that we could jump to the next plot point in the story. I'm sure that all of this is necessary for the actual movement of the story, but right now I just want to get into the real meat of the story.

Ishiguro's Nocturnes is definitely leaving something to be desired. The only other Ishiguro that I have read is Never Let Me Go, which was one of the most amazing books that I have read in a long time. I've gotten through the first two short stories in Nocturnes, and they both deal with situations that seem so ridiculously out of the realm of possibility that they verge on being completely unbelievable (not so much with the first story, but definitely with the second). I'll probably be finishing up the volume tonight, and unless something amazing happens with the last three stories, this certainly will leave me wondering if Never Let Me Go just happened to be a fluke of a good book from Ishiguro.

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Meghan said...

Oh, I don't think Never Let Me Go was a fluke! Nocturnes, rather, is just not really up to Ishiguro's standards. I'm a big fan of his and I didn't really like that collection as much as I wanted to like it. I would recommend another of his novels before you decide to stop reading him!

tapestry100 said...

Well, I'm glad to know that maybe Nocturnes is the fluke. I have Remains of the Day at home to read at some point, so maybe I'll give that one a try sooner than later and see how it compares to both books.

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