Monday, January 29, 2007

I come from the land of the ice and snow, From the midnight sun Where the hot springs blow

Okay, no I don’t, but it is indeed cold here, and windy. And I woke up with Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song in my head—specifically that whiny siren shriek Robert Plant does at the beginning—and since I can’t banish it, I’m sharing it. You're welcome. Enjoy.

So . . . read any good books lately? I have. One of my friends from library school did her undergraduate work with one of the women associated with MuggleNet, which has published a book recently called What Will Happen in Harry Potter 7? How could I not read it, right? I’m glad I coughed up the $12, because it gave me some wonderful HP things to think about while I wait for the fifth movie and the final book. I don’t want to get anyone tangled up in discussions they don’t want to be in, but if you’re interested in some of the things the book discusses, post a comment or send an email. Fun stuff!

My sister gave me the new Christopher Moore, You Suck: A Love Story, for my birthday, and that was awesome for two reasons. I didn’t realize she knew I liked Moore, nor did I realize the book had come out. Whee! This book is a continuation of the story from Bloodsucking Fiends, with a bit of a brush up against A Dirty Job. Abby Normal, the best friend of the girl who works at Charlie’s store in Dirty Job, is featured character in this, and I freaking love her. I won’t say this is Moore’s best book, but it was fun and funny, and I can’t wait for another. I heart him.

I started History of Love, based on BB’s love for the book, and I have to say that I think it’s very, very good. But I put it down. Why? Because The End of Mr. Y, the new book by Scarlett Thomas, who wrote the awesomely cool and fun Popco, came in at the library and I was dying for it. I didn’t want to rush History of Love, so I put it down. I’m glad I did. I love Scarlett Thomas, and I want her to move over here (she’s English) and be my friend. She is SO SMART, and has such an imagination . . . I think that as she develops as a writer (and I really, really hope she continues to write) she’s going to become a very big presence in (on? around?) the publishing scene. Like, I bet Neil Gaiman likes/respects her. She’s super-great, and if you like bookish, nerdy, weird (science-y) fiction with a mystery attached, run out right now and find some Scarlett Thomas. I’m not yet finished with The End of Mr. Y, but it’s almost all I can think about.

One of the reasons I’m not finished yet is because I spent pretty much all of yesterday driving the boy and one of his friends to Canton, Ohio, visiting the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and then driving home. It was a fun day, and a very cool place to visit, and now I’m up for Mother of the Year, but . . . it cut majorly into my reading time.

Oh, one last thing. I just watched Godford Park, and I would like very much to punch Ryan Phillipe in his stupid puffy lips. Anyone care to join me?

That is all.


Paula said...


I just finished writing a post for tomorrow about how I wake up with a song in my head every morning;).


Unknown said...

OK, so I have to buy a 6 year anniversary gift for my honey ASAP who is crazy for Harry Potter, do you think that book would make a great gift? We have a limit of $50.00 and I'd like to also get her a desk size fridge, I think they are $30.00 at Target so maybe that would be a great round off gift---whadya think? Huh? Huh? Whadya think?

Unknown said...

oh yeah and punching Ryan Philipe... I'm in!

Caro said...

Wouldn't it be great to be able to read while driving? Somebody needs to invent a smart car that does all the driving for us readers.

Kathy said...

Now I'm hearing the shrieking in my head. Thank you so much. I recently finished The History of Love because bb loved it and her taste is similar to mine -- I also loved it. AND I just got You Suck -- I can't wait to read it.

Badger said...


I am FROM Canton. You know that, right? You definitely get Mother Of The Year for schlepping through the Hall of Fame. (Even though I think it's neat, in sort of a cheesy way.)

And I LOVE Christopher Moore. You Suck is another one of the books I think/know I want to read if I ever pull out of my slump. I haven't read A Dirty Job, but I LOVED Bloodsucking Fiends.

Rogue Librarian said...

First Let me say that I for one am interested in Discussing what’s coming up In HP 7. Secondly let me say before you go and give Ryan Philippe a smack, see Flags of Our Fathers. He’s actually really good in it.

BabelBabe said...

The immigrant Song - but a la Jack Black - has been running thru my brain all night. Thank you so much.

I need to reread the HPs.

Joke said...

Well, what'd ya think of that "What'll Happen in HP7" book?