- I feel like I've had pretty mediocre luck with books lately. I was thoroughly fooled by all the amazing blurbs on the cover of the The Rising ("I couldn't be more excited about this book," and "A classic in the making," etc, said by several well-known, decent authors) and picked it up. Well. Talk about bleh. Thankfully I then found The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence.
The problem is I'm having trouble putting to words why I liked it so much. I didn't agree with much of anything the author had to say (via his characters) on a philosophical or existential level, and given the nature of the plot, there's a lot of both in there. I really did enjoy the characters, though, from the protagonist who is hit by a meteorite as a child (and no, this novel does not fall within the fantasy genre) to the crusty, cranky widower with a penchant for Vonnegut. I guess it's the same with some friends: You have completely different viewpoints, to the extent that you sometimes look at each other and say, "It is so surprising to me that we are friends," but hey, you like the person. Just as I like this book. (Man alive, just when I think my book reviews couldn't get any more meandering and circuitous, I find a new way to do anything but get to the point.) And here, a barely related image that I nevertheless find amusing.
- Speaking of books, we can't get enough of these:
Pardon the shoddy photography; I am, as ever, a poor photographer. This is one of the Usborne Shine-a-Light books, a series that includes such titles as Secrets of the Rainforest, On the Space Station, and the above, The Human Body. They take children through the subject matter by showing them pretty if rather standard illustrations,
but then have the reader shine a flashlight- or hold the page up to a light- and discover what's beneath the surface.
The reverse side of the page includes an explanation. It is awesome.
- The internet is constantly providing me with things that remind me of Derek. I helpfully send these on to him immediately after viewing. I am sure he appreciates this 100% of the time.
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