Category Archives: I Read It

This is my uncategorized category, when I can’t think of anything else to say except “I read it.”

Visiting a Friend

April 9 – 10, 2009
Augie Odenkirk had a 1997 Datsun that still ran well in spite of high mileage, but gas was expensive, especially for a man with no job, and City Center was on the far side of town, so he decided to take the last bus of the night.

Starting a Stephen King novel is like settling in for a long visit with a dear, if slightly odd, friend.

What I think of this particular story should be irrelevant to others; I am a fan, have been since I read Carrie when I was still in my teens and after reading his book On Writing I became his #2 fan (I’m letting Annie Wilkes keep her claim on #1).

Mr. Mercedes does not have supernatural scares, but that is, in many ways, scarier than the stories that do. I was slow to commit to reading this book because of that, but when I learned that the next Stephen King novel will be something of a follow-up to this one, I knew I didn’t want to miss two in a row so I started over – and finished the 436 pages within a week.

Looking forward to my next visit.

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Time to Leave the Beautiful Singing in My State of Wonder

Finished reading Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto several days ago, yet the book still sits on my nightstand because I haven’t been ready to leave it behind.

After 310 pages immersed in the lives of Ms. Patchett’s characters, a mere seven pages was not enough time for me to prepare to leave.

I could see how many pages were left, it isn’t as though it was a movie where I hadn’t kept track of time and was completely surprised the ending was so near. But I still have that sense of sitting in the theater as the credits roll and I’m saying “…wait… I’m not ready…”

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