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07 May 2016 @ 02:04 pm
A Quick Weekend Update  
I'm really pleased with this week's Idol entry, which was fun to write and I hope others will find gloriously weird! Writing that was time well spent this week. :)

I've turned over some books in the last week, too. I finished The Swan Thieves, which was good if a bit long. I kind of hated all the characters by the end, but still, a good read. I started Finn Fancy Necromancy as my bedside book, because the other one wasn't grabbing me... though it's still there, for when I'm done. I had The Ballad of Black Tom on hold, and it arrived, so I read that. It was a novella, so it went pretty quick. This is a Jazz-Age story supernatural story, written by a black author, and it was mentioned on a web page I stumbled over about a month ago. Good period details, including that era's fascination with mysticism. Then, I went into my stash of "Read-and-Return" library books (you can just keep them until you finish them), and began The Returned.

I brought that book home perhaps 8 months ago or more, but then the TV show started up and I was afraid to read the book in case the show was based on it and the plot would be spoiled. It IS the inspiration for the show, though I think they only used the basic concept of the setup rather than the plot itself. The Returned are people who have been dead-—maybe even for decades—but then reappear, alive and well and with no idea they had died. Their friends and families sometimes feel blessed to have them back, though some are disturbed by it. People who have had no one Return to them are divided into those who aren't worried, those who are fearful and angry, and those who grieve that whoever they loved and lost wasn't one of the lucky ones to come back. The show was a little eerie, while the book is more soulful. This is also by a black author, Jason Mott. It's his first novel, in a rare genre for black authors (the book above not withstanding), and it got TV-optioned. I'd say he hit a home run with that one. \o/

I'm almost done with it (I started it 2-3 days ago, I think?) and then I will be rat-holing down The Raven King, the last of the Raven Cycle series, since my hold came through on that book too! Can't wait. :D

This weekend will also include more garage-biking (rainy yesterday and today), maybe an outside trip tomorrow? Our son won't be back from Prom doings until almost noon, which kind of sucks (apparently, a lot of the kids were not happy about that scheduling choice of Mother's Day weekend), but we'll probably do something.

I'd like to imagine I will finally get through all of his discarded stuffed animals and sort them for keep, sell, or donate (and to which place), but that seems unlikely. It's already 2:00 today! That whole task is made worse by the fact that I know those creature's names, and some of them he's had since he was very small. And now, they're on the playroom floor, like old newspapers. *sniffle*

So, Moms and children of moms, any plans for tomorrow?

Murielle: Scrunchedmurielle on May 7th, 2016 11:25 pm (UTC)
Neither a mom, nor a child of a living mom, so no special plans. Impressed by your reading list.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 7th, 2016 11:28 pm (UTC)
Awwww. Is that your niece in the photo then, whom I understand is about 10 now? SO cute.

Boy, the reading... my gym book is languishing (because I'd rather be biking or outside anyway), but I have a BUNCH of read-and-return mysteries for when that one is done-- including a Tony Hillerman and a Nevada Barr. So, I should finish the "eh" one I'm on to free up a space for those!
Murielle: Scrunchedmurielle on May 8th, 2016 06:08 am (UTC)
She's my cousin, and the apple of my eye. And yes, she's ten...and a half!

I find when I am feeling unsettled I have a lot of books on the go. I tend to ground myself with a King. Settles me right down again. But wonderful weather means...reading outside!
C.xitsjustc on May 7th, 2016 11:41 pm (UTC)
Oh I'll have to find a copy of the returned and have a read. I really enjoyed the TV series and I'd looked forward to the second series but then when it started I couldn't find or remember any connection between what happened at the end of the series and what happened at the start of the new series. I was totally confused!! So I had to stop watching it. I plan to watch the end of series 1 again in case I had just forgotten or missed a major story plot!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 8th, 2016 03:23 am (UTC)
Hoo, boy. I thought I had the box set up to record any second season that might have happened, but nothing has showed up. So I may have missed it!

The book was really good, and a warm and satisfying read, from an emotional standpoint. I hope you're able to find it!

I tell you, I've had that happen with shows before, especially when there's too big a gap between the parts I've seen I might remember over a summer (unless it's complex), but more than a year? Possibly not.

We actually gave up on the second season of Legends because it was impossible to keep track of the plot (multiple settings, multiple stories, multiple timelines where you couldn't figure out who those younger actors were supposed to be in the "present" timeline)... augh. And that was while watching from week to week!
Direst Ryl: Medieval Readerryl on May 8th, 2016 12:44 pm (UTC)
I'll have to add The Returned to Mt. ToBeRead right under Swan Thieves (which I actually have, but it's sitting on the shelf with a lot of other Mt. TBR books.)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bookshalfshellvenus on May 8th, 2016 07:40 pm (UTC)
Haha-- I have that mountain too, spread across two rooms. There's the spot next to the box o' library books, where things my son has read but I haven't gotten to yet (or the TBR he has no interest in)... and then there's the little storage bins near my home office that also include stuff NOT from the library. That's where The Swan Thieves and The Returned were-- in the "far off aspirational" TBR piles. But they're both done now! I think those bins are down to "stuff given to us or that my son outgrew that I want to read before donating."

Progress, progress. And you read possibly even more than I do!

Have you tried the Raven Cycle books? They're YA, but I really recommend them. Also "Engines of the Broken World," which was beautiful and haunting and I need someone else to squee with over it. ;)

Edited at 2016-05-08 07:41 pm (UTC)
Direst Ryl: What'cha Readin'?ryl on May 8th, 2016 08:35 pm (UTC)
And lo, Mt. TBR grows again. :)

And you read possibly even more than I do!
That's because I have no life.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bookshalfshellvenus on May 9th, 2016 10:34 pm (UTC)
I prefer to think of that as being a Compulsive Reader. ;)

You COULD be doing other stuff, but that book just pulls you right in. ANY book, sometimes. Even the back of the ketchup bottle. :O
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on May 8th, 2016 10:13 pm (UTC)
Stewart would only consent to his plushies going into my parents attic.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 9th, 2016 03:32 am (UTC)
I can understand that-- though even a year ago, these things couldn't leave our son's room, and now... outta here!

It's kind of a deluge. He was horribly susceptible to cuteness, and giving these creatures homes, and also had a tendency to form "families" of like animals. So, there's a hedgehog family, a bear family, a whale family, a dolphin family, a triceratops family, a horse family, a tiger family, and probably a few others I'm forgetting. And the 'strays' tended to get adopted into other families. I think Snorty the warthog was part of the bear family... :O

Edited at 2016-05-09 03:33 am (UTC)