Monday, February 11, 2013

Where Does the Time Go?

I can't believe I haven't posted anything for almost a month! Sorry, but I guess I just didn't have anything exciting to write about!

Not like I do now either...

Anyway, here I am again.

Check out the picture above. I took it when I was eating lunch at a Popeye's restaurant a couple of weeks ago and the whole thing made me laugh at the oxymoronic-ness of it all! If it's too small for you to see, there are two iced tea urns, both labeled "Cane Sweeeet Iced Tea". The urn on the right has a green label that says "Sweet" and the urn on the left's green label says "Unsweet". Thanks for the day's laugh, Popeye's! (I assume the sweet one has sugar in it while you can choose your sweetener for the unsweet, but still.)

My sister-in-law and her daughters are going to be staying with us when my brother-in-law stays at the hospital in Sebastopol for some back surgery. They were originally going to be here starting on January 17 but then he had complications and ended up staying in a different hospital for a while. Then they were going to be here on February 8 and the surgery got postponed and now the planned date is February 22. Assuming everything goes well they will be here for a minimum of two weeks.

I have cleaned the house and put away projects in my office twice now since they will be sleeping in it. I think I will not do any extra cleaning for the 22nd! Maybe that will mean the surgery date will stick!

The Boy will be starting a course to learn how to be a pharmacy technician next month which finishes in September. He is hoping to get a better job than his minimum wage theater position at which he gets very few weekly hours. I guess we'll see. He seems motivated at this moment.

Here is the list of books I've read so far this year:
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn*
  • The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
  • Leviathan (Book 1) by Scott Westerfeld*
  • Goliath (Book 2) by Scott Westerfeld*
  • Behemoth (Book 3) by Scott Westerfeld*
  • Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
  • The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas
  • The Chili Queen by Sandra Dallas
  • Off Balance: A Memoir by Dominique Moceanu*
  • Because I Said So!: The truth Behind the Myths, Tales and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to its Kids by Ken Jennings*
  • The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of an American Faith by Joanna Brooks
  • Across the Universe (Book 1) by Beth Revis*
  • A Million Suns (Book 2) by Beth Revis*
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline*
  • Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft (Book 1) by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Locke & Key: Head Games (Book 2) by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez*
  • Locke & Key: Crowns and Shadows by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez*
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray*
Books with asterisks are library books. The others are mine received via Paperback Swap or one I bought.

My favorite books from that list are Robopocalypse, Ready Player One and The Diviners.

Robopocalypse features a future world taken over by an artificial intelligence via all the robots in existence and humanity's struggle to survive. It's fascinating to read about the robot takeover. Steven Spielberg is supposed to make a movie based on the book in the next year or two.

Ready Player One also takes place in a future where life is bleak and people live most of their lives in a virtual world called OASIS. The founder of OASIS dies and leaves behind a contest for gamers based on his own childhood of video games and pop culture in the 1980s. I gotta love a book that features detailed discussions of  "Ladyhawke" and "WarGames" along with the video game called "Joust" which was one of the few video games I was actually good at! My brother K2 had an Atari 5200 (I think) and we used to play this game a lot!

Locke & Key is a graphic novel compilation of a comic book series; each volume contains 6 issues. This is pretty good so far but it will be a year or two before the conclusion is published.

I am happy to see that my library has the final book of Beth Revis's series on order. Yay, a series I can finish soon!

The Diviners was pretty good and I am looking forward to the next book. I was happy that the main storyline finished while starting to set up characters for the overall storyline of the series.

A book trend I dislike is that several series are basically one very large book published in 3 or 4 parts. Using movies as an example, "Star Wars" is a complete story. If that was the only film in that series you saw then you would have been satisfied with a complete story. On the other hand, "The Empire Strikes Back" is basically the first part of a two-part film. You are left hanging with poor Han Solo in carbonite! You have to see "Return of the Jedi" to find out what happens to him! 

That and the fact that publishers take their time releasing books makes series reading a frustrating task! And yet I keep reading more series.

Okay, I hope to get back to a more regular posting schedule now that I'm a little caught up.

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