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We'll Meet Again Wednesday

It's been a little while since I've posted here and I'd like to apologize, if (like me under better circumstances) you look forward to reading everyone's book posts on Wednesday, for falling down on the job. There's a sort of obsolete function at the back of my mind that's still going "Wait, wait, wait a few more days, wait until things get back to normal." Unfortunately, there hasn't been a "normal" to get back to, and there isn't going to be.

I've been reluctant to start again, partly because my ability to read has been patchy, and partly because it doesn't matter. But it's something I've enjoyed, and "stop doing everything you might enjoy" isn't actually meaningful action. So the Wednesday Reading Meme will be back in its usual form next week, and this is (I hope) the closest I'll get to Talking About Politics here.

In the meantime,

For the past three weeks, Anthony Powell was the unexpected only thing I can read consistently. Casanova's Chinese Restaurant and The Kindly Ones: loads more divorce gossip and literary gossip at the end of the world, because what else are you going to talk about at the end of the world? Plus a couple of flashbacks and even more gossip. I'll probably read more Anthony Powell this week.

I got Henry Williamson's Young Phillip Maddison in the mail just before I left for my sister's house last week - I'd ordered it so long ago it had been sent to my old address and forwarded by the local PO in its own sweet time. It's good, sad and painfully close up like the first two. The more I read of this series, the more apprehensive I get about the later books, because something had to happen to make Burgess' commentary so dominated by dire warnings. "You probably won't read this to the end, and I can't blame you, but you should! BUT YOU'LL PROBABLY REGRET IT." I'm not even close to regretting it so far, but it's only Book 3 of 15.

I had to take The Count of Monte Cristo back to the library last week, because I'm applying for a job at the library and didn't want to stand out as a book non-returner. But I've checked it out again and soon I will be back on the revenge trail with everyone's favorite poisoned cinnamon roll. In the meantime, I'm reading Beginning Operations: A Sector General Omnibus: three novels about working in a multi-environment space hospital. There's a lot to like about this space hospital.

My discount novel bundle from Featherproof Books was waiting for me when I got home on Monday, so I have three new books to stick somewhere near the top of my reading list: Scorch Atlas by Blake Butler, The Enchanters by Brian Costello, and boring boring boring boring boring boring boring by Zach Plague. I hope they're good!


Agatha Christie and the rest of the Extended Murderverse might be back next Monday or the Monday after that, but they will also be back.

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scripsi
Nov. 30th, 2016 12:11 pm (UTC)
I hope you will get the job!
evelyn_b
Nov. 30th, 2016 02:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It would be ideal in a lot of ways, but probably kind of a long shot.
lost_spook
Nov. 30th, 2016 12:52 pm (UTC)
But I've checked it out again and soon I will be back on the revenge trail with everyone's favorite poisoned cinnamon roll.

:-D

It seems only right that your path to reading it should have at least a few twists and turns. (Although... the library shouldn't mind unless you're late and a serial defaulter on fines. Borrowing and renewing the books was always sufficient to make you a Good Egg as far as we were concerned.) Good luck with the job, though! ♥

"You probably won't read this to the end, and I can't blame you, but you should! BUT YOU'LL PROBABLY REGRET IT." I'm not even close to regretting it so far, but it's only Book 3 of 15.

This is like me with Public Eye, though. Although PE only needs warning for some inevitable opinions of the time, being as it is not written by Tarka the Nazi Otter guy. Thankfully. But you can hang on in there with Burgess. he sounds as if he needs company, even if it is a tad belated.
evelyn_b
Nov. 30th, 2016 03:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

I wonder how many people Burgess has enticed into reading Henry Williamson? Sometimes dire warnings are intriguing.

In these early books you can sort of see the path to Nature Fascism here and there, or I imagine I can because I've been warned that it's there, but if I hadn't been warned I would automatically just attribute it to flawed characters. Some of the characters are burgeoning Nature Fascists, but even though it's possible to feel sorry for Dickie, he's hardly being presented in a heroic light. We'll see. . .
lost_spook
Nov. 30th, 2016 05:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, nothing like a DO NOT ENTER sign to get people's curiosity going!
osprey_archer
Nov. 30th, 2016 01:18 pm (UTC)
Well, I for one am glad that you're back. I have also been struggling with the sense that nothing matters anymore, more with writing than with reading, but as you say ceasing to do everything that we enjoy isn't meaningful action.

How far have you gotten in Monte Cristo? I've gotten to the part where the Count's wheels within wheels are really starting to spin, and it's hard to stop myself at just one chapter a night.
evelyn_b
Nov. 30th, 2016 03:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you - I'm glad to be back, or will be soon.

I haven't been able to read MC since early November, so I'm right where I was - Chapter 56, I think? But that's about to change.
liadtbunny
Nov. 30th, 2016 03:43 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the job!

I'm glad someone didn't nab the Count before you could grab him again:)
evelyn_b
Dec. 1st, 2016 02:42 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)

My library actually has five copies of The Count of Monte Cristo, all the same cheap-fancy pseudo-leather edition with significant words carved on the cover. The Count has cloned himself, to exact vengeance more efficiently! It was the logical next step.
liadtbunny
Dec. 1st, 2016 03:42 pm (UTC)
Lol, if you can't delegate cloning is the way to go:)
wordsofastory
Nov. 30th, 2016 07:43 pm (UTC)
There's a sort of obsolete function at the back of my mind that's still going "Wait, wait, wait a few more days, wait until things get back to normal." Unfortunately, there hasn't been a "normal" to get back to, and there isn't going to be.

Yeah. I deeply understand this feeling. But nonetheless I'm glad to see you around again, and I do look forward to your posts.
evelyn_b
Dec. 1st, 2016 02:57 am (UTC)
Thank you - I look forward to yours. It still feels a little weird to be talking about books, but what's the alternative? I'm glad we can talk about books.
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