Between Maribou getting ready to visit family and having to work extra hours and this really dumb thing with the car’s air conditioning (with 100 degree temperatures!), I haven’t had a spare solid hour with which to watch anything or really settle in and read anything. I *WANT* to be able to do that sort of thing… but (many) video games are conducive to playing for a few minutes, being interrupted, then going back while books aren’t, really. (And forget about movies.)

This week, I’ve been swamped.

So… what have you been reading and/or watching?


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  1. Just finished Rail Sea, and have just started both The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter, An Artist of the Floating World (a reread tangentially inspired by a Maribou comment), and plan to start Sacre Blue by Christopher Moore in the next day or so.

    Also starting a reread of Summer for the Gods in my iPad’s Kindle app (first Kindle read ever) so I can take notes as I prepare to dive into starting a never-to-be-published novel.

    Saw Prometheus last night, which may be there first movie ever I enjoyed more as an allegory than a horror movie. Hoping to talk the spouse into a viewing of Safety Not Guaranteed this afternoon.

    • Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

      That strikes me as one weird pairing.

    • Will you be telling us more about this never-to-be-published novel, Mr. Kelly?

        • That is disappointing. You are quite the tease, aren’t you, Mr. Kelly?

          • Any novel can be published if you can find the courage/ time/ temerity to write it.

            Trust me. Mrs. Teacher reads about a book every two days, on average, and most of it is crap. If they can get out to the wild so can you.

  2. I’m reading Dreamquake, by Elizabeth Knox (after finishing Dreamhunter) – tasty YA alternate-world fantasy from New Zealand. And Voyage of the Beagle. And Benjamin Rosenbaum’s The Ant King and Other Stories.

    My sister and I are watching Jim Henson’s the Storyteller: Greek Myths – the Icarus one right now.

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