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04 April 2013 @ 05:00 pm
 
Voting ends for the current round of LJ Idol today! My entry is here, and the votes are really close. I'm nervous. This is a "bottom 5 authors go" round. :(

It was a bad, bad weekend, and I hope to write more about it when I'm not at work. Thanks to those of you who send IMs—I turned comments off because I couldn't cope with replying to large amounts of them, but those individual messages were very helpful. ♥

On a less upsetting topic, we had a good time at Disneyland though it was horribly crowded—the worst ever for Spring Break. Lauren visited the U.C. Irvine campus one of the days, and was duly impressed. We especially like that Irvine has its own airport far from the L.A. traffic, because yikes.

I finished reading Fat Vampire, and have mixed feelings. Terrific humor, zany setup, but the foreign-culture-sensitivity AND homophobia in the same story was surprising and jarring. I'm also not entirely sure what happened at the end, just that it could have been clearer. And frankly, more "conclusive" in feel. In better news, Adam Rex is apparently writing a sequel to The True Meaning of Smekday, though I'm not sure what a sequel would be. Mostly, readers just want more of the insides of the story, I think. The book is gloriously complete as is.

I'm also in the midst of Shades Of Grey. Great opening paragraph and terrific satire, but it's definitely the hardest-going of all of Fforde's books. Mainly, you get stuck on, "But why did you use this as the construct of your dystopian future?" Color-based medicine and the vague but deadly Mildew are the troubling areas. The rest, you can wrap your head around. I'm halfway through now, and I can say that at a certain point you stop caring about the bumpiness of the more questionable ideas and just go with it. If you're wondering, this standalone book is completely separate from either the Thursday Next or Nursery Crimes series. It's a separate universe.

Back to the grind. Hope everyone's been doing better than us this last week or so.

 
 
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we're all mad here: guilty pleasurerelativity1953 on April 4th, 2013 08:33 pm (UTC)
Glad you're enjoying "Shades of Grey" - I really must make the time to start reading it again!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 4th, 2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
Did you finish it one time already? Or pick it up and drift away?

It does take some effort to hang with the whole setup, but more and more neat things are revealed over time. Leapbacks, which are ongoing, throw existing technology back into the unreachable past because the technology has been deemed "unnecessary" or likely to create "less self-sufficient people." And by that, I mean technology like gears on bicycles!!!

The more you learn of the dystopia, the more interesting it gets (apart from the humor, which is there right from the beginning). And I do like Jane, who is one of the Greys (forced to be working class) and very much not willing to put up with her status or much of anything/anyone. ;)
we're all mad here: guilty pleasurerelativity1953 on April 4th, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
Actually, I read the first 3 Tuesday Next, then the 2 Nursery Crime, then started Shades of Grey. I was halfway through and then the holidays came along.

Unfortunately, that is the worst thing for me - setting a book down halfway through for an extended period of time. Between holidays and birthdays and whatnot, time has not been set aside for reading and the longer it takes for me to get back to it, the harder it is. I need to put down the crosswords and the kakuro puzzles and start reading again.

Knowing that someone else is reading the same book may just be the push I need :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 4th, 2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
Maybe if you back up and re-read the chapter before where you stopped? I noticed that it's getting harder to put down, so future reading may be easier going. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 10th, 2013 12:57 am (UTC)
Okay, I finished "Shades of Grey," and it was definitely worth reading! Hard to put down starting around the middle of the book.

Well worth it! Now I just need to get my hands on the next in the series...
we're all mad here: guilty pleasurerelativity1953 on April 10th, 2013 01:06 am (UTC)
I just started reading it again today :)

I took your advise and went back a chapter - it was a good way to get my mind back into the story and review a bit. I got to "Meet the Chromogentsia" before having to leave for a meeting at my boys' school. I'll definitely be reading more tonight!

Which is 'the next series' for you?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 10th, 2013 04:26 am (UTC)
"Shades of Grey" is the first in a trilogy. The second is "Painting by Numbers" (which our library does not have-- might have to check the ebook system). There's a third, and it has a title, but I don't think Fforde has finished writing it yet.

I was expecting the book to be a standalone, but nope!
we're all mad here: guilty pleasurerelativity1953 on April 10th, 2013 11:08 am (UTC)
I thought the book was a stand-alone. I didn't know there was a trilogy. Thank you for the info!