a book of verse, a jug of wine, and thou...  

Zaphed905 55M
16 posts
6/26/2005 9:25 pm

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

a book of verse, a jug of wine, and thou...

One of my favorite things is discovering a good “new” author, previously unknown to me, but with a substantial catalog already in print. It’s like free candy. There’re no years of waiting for the next book. With luck, I can even find a good haul of their stuff on the cheap in a used book store. It doesn’t happen very often any more. I haven’t lived near a good book store in a long time, and I seem to have less and less time to read for pleasure. These days I’m pretty much limited to a few minutes in bed before I go to sleep ‒ though Floyd the cat seems to think this is designated drool-on-the-book-until-you-pet-me time ‒ and hang-time on airplanes.

This summer, I’ve “discovered” two new/old authors that I need more of. One is Neal Stephenson. The next time I’m in the city, I’ll hit Powells and look for the rest of his stuff. The other is Robert Rankin, who is a bit of a tougher case. Apparently his books are only published in the UK and are next to impossible to find in the US. I may have to buy them new off the internet, one at a time. I just don’t know where to start!

One thing that really annoys me is when I’m reading a mediocre book and as the number of pages remaining in my right hand dwindles alarmingly, the plot shows no sign of coming to a resolution. Then, - AAARGGHHH! ‒ it turns out to be “book one” in a trilogy. Or worse yet, an interminable, boring “cycle.” So, do I write off the time I wasted on the book, or invest more time and cash in the next volume, in hopes that it improves? If I can ever find it, that is. There should be a mandatory large warning label right on the cover.

I don’t have any big airplane time coming up for a couple of months, so if I can find more Stephenson and Rankin, I can indulge in a few over the summer and still have some left for the next trip. Well, maybe I’ll have just one more…

rm_topgun458 70M
23 posts
6/27/2005 4:46 am

It would seem (1)you have a nice comfortable chair for reading
(2)arather extensive collection behind you
If I may be permitted to offer one of my newer favorites,
The Flame of the Heart by TORKOM SARAYDARIAN
Remembered for Love( LAO RUSSELL of Swannanoa ) by J.B.Yount III

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