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18 March 2009 @ 05:26 pm
Spring Milestones...  
A squirrel tried to run under my bike tires today—first one of the season. *sigh*

Wildflowers are beginning to bloom—purple vetch and orange poppies along the freeway, but only a few poppies on the bike path. Something tall in the dandelion family is about to go nuts, and there's a tall, graceful yellow flower that I can't identify (but it also comes in lavendar and white).

I passed a woman with one of those weird "bikemobile" things today (those low-seated fully recumbant bikes with a fiberglass shell around the whole thing). She had a legless Barbie with a bike helmet attached to the front as a hood ornament. When we passed each other again on our return rides, the Barbie had been modified into the \o/ position. ;)

I loaned a friend at work The True Meaning Of Smekday, which she found hilarious (as I knew she would). My mission now is to get one of you to read it before the year's out! The hardback is under $12 at Amazon.com right now (with an under $7 bargain book version), and it's such a bizarrely delightful book. Alien Boov invade the Earth, renaming it "Smekland" and eventually herding humans into restricted territories. The main character, an 11-year-old girl named Gratuity ("Tip") Tucci, is alone now that the Boov have kidnapped her mother. She heads to the human encampment in Florida, driving herself (!) down there, and winds up befriending a Boov along the way. They proceed to have a LOT of interesting adventures, with much humor and irony. To quote Tip's alien friend, "That is Carl. I owe her moneys," and to quote Tip, "If you don't start making sense right now, I will crash this car into a coyote!"

Occasional illustrated sections show things like the koobish, a Boov-world animal that strongly resembles the drawings of "sea monster floaties" from children's books set at the beach. We also learn that "The Boov are having seven magnificent genders!" and Tip eventually encounters two completely different boys' groups that have named themselves BOOB because they like the acronym (which is not the correct acronym for the group's actual name). SO funny, and I can't describe it in a way that fully does it justice.

But you KNOW you want to read it. Yes, you do! :D

Entendre? Make mine a double.: SN Dean research PCoLdeirdre_c on March 19th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
That book sounds FABULOUS!! :D *hunts it down*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yay!halfshellvenus on March 19th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
It totally is! I think your boys would enjoy it, but honestly I can't imagine how it could be funnier to kids than it is to adults. It's awesome!
realpestilence: Shh! I'm reading #2realpestilence on March 19th, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
Sounds like something Christopher Moore would write, if he wrote for kids. :D

I'm tempted to try it!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 19th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
It's really worth it-- my whole family loved it, and I couldn't put it down while I was reading it. In fact, as soon as I was done I started re-reading again but had to give it to Christopher for his turn. :)
mercurybard on March 19th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
That sounds awesome. I wanna read. *ducks*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 19th, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
You totally should! I think it'd definitely be your kind of book, just based on how much you enjoyed The Enchanted Forest Chronicles. The humor is even more subversive and drily bizarre than those books!
cindytsuki_no_bara on March 19th, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
i do in fact want to read it! mentions of it keep popping up on my flist so i figure it has to be good.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 19th, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
It's probably the most fun thing I've read in the last year, which really says something. It's total escapism, and it's a riot.

Do it! There's a <$7 version if you can't find it at the library!
Kimberley: Amy Adamslampshade_days on March 19th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
It does sound like a neat book, almost Douglas Adams-ish.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 19th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
Actually yes-- that's probably the nearest flavor of book that comes to mind.

I seems like a book that adults would find much funnier than kids, but my 9-year-old laughed his head off all the way through (and still quotes parts of the book back at me), so it must strike that magic niche that works for both!