Wednesday, June 04, 2008

What's Up?

Just finished reading this book and I highly recommend it. It is a sort of coming of age fairy tale and from what I understand a real departure for the author, who I have not read before. John Connolly's unique imagination takes readers through the end of innocence into adulthood and beyond in this dark and triumphantly creative novel of grief and loss, loyalty and love, and the redemptive power of stories.
High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother. He is angry and alone, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in his imagination, he finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a land that is a strange reflection of his own world, populated by heroes and monsters, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book...The Book of Lost Things.
An imaginative tribute to the journey we must all make through the loss of innocence into adulthood, John Connolly's latest novel is a book for every adult who can recall the moment when childhood began to fade, and for every adult about to face that moment. The Book of Lost Things is a story of hope for all who have lost, and for all who have yet to lose. It is an exhilarating tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives. It was a very compelling read so if you do pick this up, don't start it until you have some free time as I couldn't put it down and read it in a day!

I have also been reading a series of fantasy novels by Piers Anthony (of Xanth fame). This series is called INCARNATIONS OF IMMORTALITY and I have read the first three out of eight in the series. The first seven books each focus on one of seven supernatural "offices" (Death, Time, Fate, War, Nature, Evil and Good) in a fictional reality and history parallel to ours, with the exception that society has advanced both magic and modern technology. The series covers the adventures and struggles of a group of humans, called "Incarnations", who hold these supernatural positions for a certain time. Incarnations uses its premise to ponder questions regarding the nature of life. As each character goes from a mortal life to the "office" of an Incarnation, they are forced to contemplate their actions on a daily basis.

The Showtime series Dead Like Me was loosely based on the book On a Pale Horse, the first book in the series. I LOVE Dead Like Me!! One of the funniest, most thought provoking series ever to be canceled in it's prime! Try to catch it on DVD if at all possible. You will watch them all, I promise. Sometimes I really miss Mason like a friend I haven't seen for a while!

On another note, I have been knitting washcloths at the rate of one a day for the last week. My husband asked me to make a couple and they really are the perfect mindless TV knitting project. Just finishing my fifth one and need to find some more cotton. I'm sure I have some here somewhere....
Talk to you later,
He not busy being born is busy dying.
Bob Dylan (1941 - )

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