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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!