Well, it is a gorgeous sunny afternoon here in Bon Accord. A bit on the cold side, but, really, for February, not so bad.
I had a very nice visit with my sister Jennifer and her family this weekend. Tried to work my son and his family into the mix, but, alas, it was not possible. They are a very busy bunch!
As it is right now, I am enjoying the afternoon to myself. Jenn, Dave and the kids went home this morning, and Tim went out for a ride with his friend Dave.
I finally finished Black House. What an abysmal disappointment! The Talisman was such a fantastic book, but this sequel was nothing but a sad mish-mash of nothing. It took forever to get to the actual story, and then it was treated so tritely it was almost an insult. Characters were never fully developed, and those I thought crucial to the story were just dropped off the edge of the story as if in to an abyss. I have never felt so cheated as I have by this book and these two authors, who I count as favorites. Surely, they didn’t write this book only for the money? Neither of them needs it, so I can’t imagine why they bothered to waste their time and the reader’s.
As soon as I kicked Black House to the curb, I picked up The Hunger Games. I have heard much about this book, and now the movie is coming out shortly. Therefore, I must read it. And so far, I’ve read four chapters. It’s a quick read, well-written and engaging. It’s a familiar theme found in many futuristic stories, but there is an interesting little twist to it. I have all three books in the series and think I should be able to get through them all in the next month.
I had set a goal of reading a book a month at the beginning of 2012. It’s taken a month and half to get through Black House. If I can read all three of The Hunger Games books, I’ll be ahead of the game!
Something to complain about: Bruce Springsteen has not released any Canadian dates for his new WORLD tour. What’s with that. Are we not part of the world? I really want to see him in concert again before he decides to retire. And, as he is 62 years old, I can’t imagine that retirement is too far off.
I just bought two new Bruce albums (new to me) The Seeger Sessions (absolutely amazing — what I wouldn’t have given to see him perform the concert version of that album in Ireland!) and Lucky Town. Lucky Town is an album of works from earlier in his career (a little before the mid-point, I’d say) and has some wonderful, haunting tunes on it. If you’re a Bruce fan, I recommend checking out both of these albums. The Seeger Sessions, though, is my immediate favorite — Old Dan Tucker gets me in a great mood on the ride to work these days.
I hope everyone had a terrific Family Day (those of us lucky enough to enjoy such a holiday) — and if you weren’t, well I hope you have a fantastic and stress-free week ahead.