May 24th, 2004

reading

BOOK RECS

Signpost We Passed on the Road that Made Me Laugh Out Loud: Nibble (arrow pointing left) and Gryt (arrow pointing right)

This week is a bit of a crazy one, and I'm not at all sure how much computer time I'll have. Tonight and tomorrow are the only nights I'm at home and I really have to get the AWC website and newsletter finished, since I'm only about a third of the way done and they are due next week. Aagh! Plus grocery shopping must be done ASAP.

I finished two books during the long weekend and can highly recommend them both. Jennifer Government by Max Barry was a delightful romp, if a bit simplistic, through a future world where corporations and brand names rule everything. ozswede and courtesy will no doubt be outraged to find that Australia has become part of corporate America in the book. :D

The second book was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon, which I picked up on verian's recommendation. It was excellent, and reminded me a bit of Elizabeth Moon's The Speed of Dark, which also has an autistic protagonist. I did predict some of the major plot turns in the book but the writing was so refreshing that I didn't mind.

My monitor keeps freaking out and making with the white horizontal line freaky dance. I thought it was because I was pressing on the mousetrapper but now I'm not so sure. It's a flat screen and I've never had one before so I'm not too familiar with its quirks.

Anyway, must work now. See ya later alligator, in awhile, crocodile!
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WINDY WALK & ZOO REVIEW

Welcome to the wind's ball. Among the ladies dressed in green, who stand and gently wave their arms, dancing in place is all the fashion. Everything is moving in the breeze. It rushes and wooshes quietly like ocean waves through the greenery. Blackbirds burble and trill unseen from above and crows squawk and yell in the distance. The hedges and trees rustle and tremble. A linden tree creaks, a beech hedge rattles at me as I walk by. A low stone wall is netted with tiny green crinkly leaves and miniature heartsease so small I had to stop and peer at them to be sure of what I was seeing. A fat bumblebee browses near a blue cloud of forget-me-nots and the pale green new fingertips of the evergreen bushes glow palely in the waning light. The birch trees hush me like leafy librarians. "Shush," they say ,"Shuuuuuusshhhh."

The Animals I Saw at the Zoo by Martin Ek, Age 6.5:
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