Saturday, February 10, 2007

No Phone? Got books

Both the phone and computer were a no show yesterday and most of today.

Withdrawal, thy name is Verizon.

They had 2 1/2 hours to go before they reached their "fix-it" deadline. Nice to see they're working hard on the weekend.

So, what did I do instead of communing with Blogger and Email?

Read.

What else?

YOU SUCK

a love story by Christopher Moore.

This is NOT like any love story I've ever read before.

I laughed out loud in too many spots to pinpoint the best. It had horror, more of the mind than any overt violence, and the romance? Well, that was plain wierd. So much so that I find myself recalling certain scenes with fondness.
The ending?
The last line of the book floored me with it's weight.
Humor and Horror all wrapped up in one tight sentence.
Christophor Moore is a genius.

The second book I'll speak of, I only finished reading about thirty minutes ago.
You must have heard about this book. Didn't they make a movie about it?

For the record, my BOSS recommended this book to me. On my own, I don't think I'd ever have given it a second glance on the bookshelves.
Good thing I listen to voices of wisdom.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Very heartwarming. A young girls journey of discovery about her dead mother, herself and the world at large as it was going through the birth pangs from the fruits of the Civil Rights act. It was about 300 pages yet I still read it in one day.
The emotions, humor and truth grabbed me and wouldn't let go. I HAD to find out what was coming next. There were so many people that you come to care about in the book. I cried in a few spots, grinned in good cheer in others. Mostly I was in awe at the author's insight into human emotion.

Not a book I'd actively seek to read, but one I'm better off for having read.

It's not a wonder this book caused such a .... buzz. *grin*

Other than that, not much is happening.
I have two birthdays to plan.
Learned that Getting your Tires aligned is NOT the same as having them balanced.

The most interesting thing I observed yesterday is this:

Just because you are a man, doesn't mean you know all things automotive.
Because you are a man, you'll never admit it.

*grin*
Ain't saying how I know this either.

8 comments:

Brandy said...

HA! Chris fully admits he's not that mechanically inclined. But, the booger can take apart a computer, strew it across the floor and then put all the pieces back together, like a jigsaw puzzle. It's freaky.
Oooh, hope your tires are fixed.
The books sound intersting. I don't think I'd like the Christopher Moore book, I can't handle alot of violence/horror. I get jumpy and jittery. I'm such a baby!
Glad your phone is fixed and that it stays that way!! Have a good afternoon.

Trista Bane said...

My daughter absolutely loved the Secret Life of Bees. She had to read it for the school's Summer Reading program. I haven't read it yet (like you, I didn't think it was my cup of tea), but now that you put it that way... where'd my daughter put that book?

Btw, since your previous post said you LOVE eBooks, I'd like to tell you about Petals in the Snow. It's mine (grins) and it's absolutely free at www.twilightfantasiespublications.com. I normally don't do that, but since I'm giving it away-- I hope you don't mind.

Twilight Fantasies-- Romance Publisher said...

E-gads! A whole day without the internet or a phone!?! I don't think I could function!

Blending horror and humor into a plot believably is very difficult. But, it sounds like that's exactly what Christopher did. Another book to add to the growing TBB pile! Thanks!

Michele said...

LOL, Brandy!
I'd say that the ability to put a computer together is on par with auto-tech expertise, just a different mechanical beast.

Oh, Tires are OK, they needed the weights changes. Interesting process, that.
Perhaps it was the guy doing the work... he chatters more than me!
*gg*
OH! Brandy, Chris's book is not that horrible. Really!
Since you read Sherrilyn Kenyon, this will be a cake walk. It's the unspoken things, the way a man writes differently from a woman than gives it the edge.
I liked it.
He doesn't beat you over the head with perverse atrocities.
It's a different scope of horror.
One I can stomache easily enough and I bet dollars to donoughts, you could too.
Honest.

Trista! Hi!
Listen to your daughter; it IS that good.
I hope you do find the book.
Come back and let me know what your opinion is.
I'd love to discuss favorite scenes or parts that spoke to you.
OK?

And RE: Petals in the Snow - OF COURSE I DON'T MIND!!
Plug it here all you want. Nothing like spreading the Love Of E ! ebooks that is.

Thanks for visiting, Trista.
Hugs.

Twilight Fantasies ...
Welcome! and Hello.

*giggle* Yep, being phone and internet-less was a struggle.
Family and Books got me through tho.
Just an FYI RE: Chris's book. I do believe that he had a prior book to this. Blood Sucking Fiends I think. I haven't read it ...yet.
You Suck was in the "highlight" shelves at my library and the cover alone was enough to grab my attention.
The picture grabs you, the title sucks (excuse the pun) you in and the rest, as they say, is history.
All clever marketing.

Whenever you do read it, drop me a line. I'd enjoy getting your impression of the story too.
Thanks again for visiting!

Stacy~ said...

Hey Michele! Long time, no see. I am so bad, only reading romance or the occasional biography of movie stars from the 40's. These sound good, but my tbr pile is so outta control as it is.

Miss ya at RbtB. Don't be a stranger. Oh and I finally contacted Catherine Spangler - waiting to hear back.

Dru said...

Thank goodness for books. Being computer-less and phone-less would drive me crazy.

Like you, I didn't think I would like The Secret Life of Bees, but I totally enjoyed it.

Michele said...

Stacy~ !! HI and I am very glad you came by.

Thank you for letting me know that you got in touch with Catherine.
I think you'll like your present from her. In fact, I'm sure of it.
**VBG**
I heard Lori Foster is going to be guest blogging tomorrow. I'll see you there!!


Dru! Hello and how are you?

Hey, I'm glad to hear that you read the book too.
:-D
What was your favorite part?

And yes, if it weren't for my family and books, being so disconnected would have driven me crazy.

More so than usual.
LOL

Dru said...

I've read it when it came out and I remember how I cried towards the end of the book. If you tell me a scene, I'd probably remember it.