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Sunday Salon: Busy busy

November 23, 2008

The Sunday Salon.comQuick post today, as I am a) busy, and b) behind. I’ve had errands to run, haircuts to get, work to do, and a friend in town recently, plus I just haven’t been much in the mood to write reviews. Actually, it’s the typing that’s causing the problems, I’ve got most of them drafted in my head already. I’ll get things sorted out and caught up by Thanksgiving, if not before.

Four reviews posted this last week, if you’ve missed them: Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach, Fables, Vol. 9: Sons of Empire by Bill Willingham et al., The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly, and Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire.


I also have three reviews to write for books I finished Friday and Saturday. The short versions:
Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke – Loved it; finished listening to it and immediately wanted to dive back into Inkheart so I didn’t have to leave Funke’s world.

The Jewel of Medina by Sherry Jones – Not bad, but the controversy’s more interesting than the book itself.

Fables, Vol. 10: The Good Prince by Bill Willingham et al. – Very fun as always, and more warm-and-fuzzy than Fables usually are.

Stay tuned for actual reviews this week!


I’m currently reading Shield of Three Lions by Pamela Kaufman, a girl-disguised-as-boy Crusades-era historical fiction. Not very far into it (not yet even 50 pages), so I can’t quite tell if the writing is intentionally over the top, or just regular over the top.

I’ve also gone back to listening to Dreamsongs, Vol. 3 by George R. R. Martin, which had been put on hold to listen to Mirror, Mirror, and Inkdeath. So far, so good, although the story I’m currently in the middle of is not one of my favorites in the collection.

I’m also *way* backed up on my Google Reader, and even on responding to comments around these parts — sorry about that! I’ll get to it eventually, I swear!

Also, Happy Thanksgiving for those who are celebrating it this week, and happy second-to-last week of November for those who aren’t.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 23, 2008 5:28 pm

    I hear ya on the Jewel of Medina thing….I haven’t got my review up yet, but — bleh. Neither here nor there, in my opinion. Oh well…at least I got to read it. ;)

    Oh — and Cornelia Funke is in my pile and I can’t wait to get started on that series.

  2. November 23, 2008 5:34 pm

    Reading about the audiobooks you’re listening to has reminded me that I downloaded the audio AMULET OF SAMARKAND yesterday. I haven’t had too much of a chance to listen to it yet, but so far I quite like it. And it turns out I’ve been pronouncing Bartimaeus’s name wrong. Blah. That’s not entirely a surprise, but still.

  3. November 23, 2008 6:53 pm

    Breathe! Okay lol. Sounds like you’ve got quite a few good ones on your plate! I’m a little backed up on my Google Reader too, I didn’t even get online yesterday.

  4. November 23, 2008 10:58 pm

    I still haven’t figured how how to use Google reader. I’m still clicking down the blogroll! :)

  5. November 24, 2008 9:24 am

    Michele – Yeah, I got the impression that it’s relying on the controversial subject matter and the controversy to carry the novel, rather than anything about the writing or story itself.

    Memory – Nothing saying that the audiobook reader is pronouncing it right, either… from what I understand, it’s fairly rare that the author is consulted for pronunciation before recording. The worst I’ve encountered is the Wheel of Time audiobooks – the readers switched their pronunciations for several characters’ names between two books, for no reason that I could tell.

    Jen – Breathing! I’ve mostly just been sleep-deprived, and consequently a little headachy, and consequently not in the mood to do anything other than slug around and watch movies.

    Matt – Google Reader’s quite nice, but it does tend to cause severe guilty feelings when it starts accumulating massive numbers of unread posts.

  6. November 25, 2008 3:42 pm

    I’m way behind too, my reader finally started working properly so I’m attempting to catch-up.

    And I really need to get a move on the Fables reading – you are so ahead of me (lol) I haven’t been commenting on your reviews cause I’m scared to frikken death to spoil anything – but I will be reading them when I do catch up :)

    Hope your week’s going great so far!

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