It’s a few weeks into football season 2015 and I’m already behind on posts.
I am, on the other hand, up to date on The Blacklist and Once Upon a Time. Yea Netflix.
I’m on a diet so I have not been baking, except for a batch of cupcakes for a friend’s housewarming party. And oatmeal cream pies and bacon toffee chocolate chip cookies for a social.
I’m reading a lot lately. It’s escapism but I cannot bear to stop myself. It all started when I went to the beach in June. Chuck gave me a $50.00 gift certificate to the bookstore; I guess he knew I was being conservative with book purchases and wanted to encourage me to have some fun. So I spent $102.00.
It’s not hard to drop that kind of cash in a book store. The publishing industry is in transition; traditional books cost more than ever while e-book sales skyrocket and some authors, like K. C. Stewart and Hugh Howey, utilize the growing indie publishing world. Most books I buy today are on my Kindle; it’s just more economical. Sidenote: I admire people who can utilize the library. I have an insane need to put books on my shelves to display them and I am terrible at returning books to the library. Just terrible. I volunteered at the library for years and almost never borrowed books.
The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman was on sale, buy two get one half off. I’ve been toying with reading the series for a while and now that the trilogy is complete and since it was on sale I treated myself. You know, because I’m cheap and I’m sick of being jerked around by authors who hook me with a series and then never finish. Ahem, Patrick Rothfuss. Ahem, George R. R. Martin.
The premise of the series, the hook, is it’s a world where magic is real and although few people know it, the magical world in a series of children’s novels is also real. Think adult American Harry Potter, Narnia, maybe a bit of Discworld, and a realistic portrayal of gifted youths who struggle with the harsh realities of real life. It’s dark and lighthearted at the same time; morbid and witty and painful and, well, magical.
One of my favorite bits in the third and final book. The characters must travel to Antarctica and they transform themselves into blue whales as a vehicle for the journey. So imaginative! The transmogrification changes brain structure so each time a character morphs into an animal he takes on the instincts and “language” of that animal. The whale part… is beautiful. Now I want to do all the whale things.
But not Sea World. That place is evil. I saw Black Fish.