Why the hell
do certain people feel a need to comment on the size of my books? Or my reading habits in general?
I had two large
paperbacks with me (almost done with one, have the back-up in case I finish it), and one was out on the desk. Two people in the space of ten minutes felt the need to walk into my cube, pick it up, riffle the pages (which drives me insane. seriously.), and make comments like "That's the thickest paperback I've ever seen!" and "Oh, a fantasy." pause "Like Harry Potter, huh?" (Um, no. Read the blurb for once, dumbass.)
This is an old, old peeve--it goes back to growing up in small town Texas in the 70's, and being mocked mercilessly because I
loved to read. It was always, "Whatcha readin'?" (Standard answer, even now, "A book."), usually followed by "Why you readin' thay-at
?" I put up with this for 18 years, before I blew out of there. Even now, it puts me in a slow burn for hours
And both of these women read, too. It's just that what I read isn't nearly as highbrow (or mainstream) as what they read. The younger does sometimes read Neil Gaiman and such, but only at the urging of her boyfriend.
Sorry. This just--hit a lot of buttons, and it happened yesterday
, and it still pisses me off.
Books read:A Deeper Sleep
, by Dana Stabenow The new Kate Shugak mystery, this is a weird blend of humor (Kate's stalking of Trooper Jim Chopin) and frankly creepy mystery, with an ending I still haven't decided on.Gardens of the Moon
, Steven Erikson This is a BFF (Big Fat Fantasy), but has no resemblace to Jordan, Rowling, Friedman, Goodkind, or any of the other ones crowding the shelves. Erikson is an anthropologist, and it shows. This is the first book (he's up to 7 in the UK, 6 here), and events in it will be referenced 2,000 pages on, and he doesn't go back and do an info dump for the slow kids. He expects you to keep up, which is refreshing. It's a series nominally about war and empires, but it goes much farther and deeper than that. He has made me laugh out loud and cry like a little kid. Read them! I buy his books as they come out in the UK, and the only other author I do that for is Terry Pratchett
On the plus side: I have a show tomorrow--the Violet Crown Festival
. And I'm meeting researchgrrrl
Sunday for brunch!