More Fiction

It’s book review time in the breathing space corner of the universe.

Beautiful Creatures (Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl) Written in today’s popular vampire/goth mode, but about creatures called Casters. Ultimately just another angsty love story, but with some interesting twists.  Not the best book I’ve ever read, but I finished it, and that’s got to be worth something.  Pretty sure the Edward and Bella fans of this world will  love it madly.

This is Where I Leave You (Jonathan Tropper)  I like this guy!  He writes very funny stuff, sometimes emotionally raw and sometimes just a little bit gross, about love, marriage, divorce, family, relationships, and life in general. 

The Book of Joe (Jonathan Tropper)  I like this guy even better after reading more of the same.

Everything Changes (Jonathan Tropper)  Obviously sometimes I just cannot get enough of a particular  author.

Noah’s Compass (Anne Tyler) I’m a big Anne Tyler fan, but this novel was a huge disappointment.  It was flat and it dragged on and on, sort of like Liam’s pathetic life.  There were ‘moments’ here and there that kept me hopeful, but alas, not nearly enough of them. 

Await Your Reply (Dan Chaon) This book just confused the living hell out of me.  I could not figure out what people were doing, but more importantly what their motivations were at the end of the day.  And to top it off the ending was just stupid.  So I guess it’s safe to say I don’t recommend this one very highly. 

Whistling in the Dark (Lesley Kagen) Just AWESOME story about two little girls growing up in the 1950’s.  Told from the point of view of Sally O’Malley whose father has died, who has a mother (possibly dieing) in the hospital, an abusive alcoholic step-father, a little sister to look after, an older sister with no time for anything but her new boyfriend, and the fear of a murderer/molestor at large in the community to contend with.  Not to mention an overly active imagination and suspicions that no one will listen to.  Perfectly written.  Big big thumbs up.

Land of a Hundred Wonders (Lesley Kagen)  Don’t even know what it’s about, but downloaded it onto my kindle in a purely optimistic state of mind.

Inventor’s Day

That’s what February 11 is, in case you should happen to care about such things.  I’m just amazed that this month is almost half gone already.  And happy about that!  Dreary winter. 

There’s a whole stack of daily words sitting here staring at me, along with a bunch of Dalai Lama insights that I didn’t find all that insightful.  He’s really just a guy blathering away about stuff.  Like “happiness is the result of an enlightened mind, whereas suffering is caused by a distorted mind.  A distorted mind, in contrast to an enlightened mind, is one that is not in tune with reality.”  And that would all make sense to me if my distorted little mind could get a handle on reality, I guess. 

K & J are back from their trip to Germany.  I’m so happy I could help them out by flying up there to look after the kids for six ‘sleeps’.  The lady who had them for the first week and a bit has three boys of her own, so if she wasn’t already crazy before deciding to take on the care of eight children, I expect she’s well on her way now.  My grandchildren are all excellent kids, well behaved and fun, but the sheer number of them is what wears me out.  There’s always somebody needing something.  Like food and water.  Gawd.  lol.  All of them, including the animals survived my visit, so I think that’s a job well done.  I came home and went right back to work, then had Kenzie over for her birthday shopping weekend, then back to work again.  Last night it all caught up with me and I was just bone tired.  Now on a lovely day off I’m feeling relatively functional again.  And able to shuffle through some calendar sheets. 

So, betcha didn’t know (or care) that jeffing is the throwing of quads.  And that a dentriloquist speaks through his teeth.  To turn from a woman to a man, or from one sex to the other is to transfeminate.  So if you’re thinking of doing that, you now have a word for it. 

Gawmless is an interesting word.  It means heedless, careless, inattentive, senseless, vacant, lubberly.  In Lancashire, to gawn is to understand or comprehend, and a man is said to gawm that which he can hold in his hand.  For this reason, a person is said there to be gawmless when his fingers are so cold and frozen that he has not proper use of them.  So when you drive your car in February without wearing gloves you could call yourself a gawmless idiot. 

Searisque is not a description of something you buy from Sears, but means ‘hazard at sea’.  Holy-falls (not some blessed fountain) are trousers, buttoned breeches-fashion, having the flap, not the fly, front.  Out of all ho derives from the exclamation ‘ho!’ used to stop the combat at a tournament.  If you’re out of all ho, no restraints apply. 

Cush-pet is a term of endearment addressed to a cow.  Seriously.  The common call for a cow being cush-cush.  In the fifth century they celebrated the Feast Day of St. Brigid, Irish patroness of milkmaids and cowherds.  There’s a whole long blurb about bovine meteorological forecasting tips.  Almost everything a cow does forecasts rain to come.  “Increasing atmospheric electricity oxidises ammonia in the air and forms nitric acid which affects milk, thus accounting for the souring of milk by thunder.”  Which perhaps explains the invention of sound proof refridgerators. 

Can you stand one more?  Kintra-cooser.  A human stallion;  a fellow who debauches many country girls.  Now I know this is a lot of information to assimilate in one sitting, but go ahead, use all of these new words in a sentence.

Wearing his holy-falls, the dentriloquist kintra-cooser was jeffing around on deck when he suddenly started to transfeminate;  to avoid possible searisque and being out of all ho, he immediately jumped ship and swam to shore, an act which rendered him gawmless and unable to summon his meteorologically gifted cush-pet from a nearby meadow.    Yes!  World’s absolute worst introductory sentence.  Now go ahead and finish the book.