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20 October 2011 @ 08:43 pm
Books and cold evenings...  
I've just read The Passage by Justin Cronin, and I'm absolutely bowled over by it! It's one of those books that I was devastated to finish. I wanted it to go on forever. Apparently it's the first of a trilogy, so I'm going to be first on the doorstep of the bookshop when the next one comes out next year.


It's a thriller, set in the near future. A girl who lives a thousand years; the world ruined by mankind's arrogance and aggression; a small group of survivors on a quest; terrifying danger all around them. Utterly addictive! And I really like the writing style. It moves along at a good pace, but there's still plenty of description, giving a great sense of atmosphere. I think a writing style is good when you don't really notice it - it just feels totally right.

On reflection, I think this book is made for a TV series. If they don't make this into a series, or two or three, then I'll eat the book, cover and all. It's a little bit like The Walking Dead, in some ways, but this could be so much better.

I love it! Did I mention that?

On another note, I love cold evenings. The best excuse to light the fire, close the curtains and cuddle up with a book or the TV. And a glass of wine, of course.

The cats are not so convinced.

It's far too cold for spoilt pusscats to go out and have fun, and they have been making their displeasure clear.
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ebonymist: [non-fandom] tea!ebonymist on October 20th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
Oooh, that book sounds interesting! I may have to look for it next time I'm in the bookstore. (Even though I should not be spending money on books right now. Or really anything that isn't a necessity and is just more stuff I'll have to move later. XD)

I love cold evenings! We're getting some of those here this week and I'm overjoyed about it. :D Though I prefer cuddling up with someone rather than a book and wine.
alligator138: Ryan - Ooooh!alligator138 on October 21st, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
It's a great book! I wanted to read it again as soon as I'd finished. And there are worse vices than spending too much on books. *has serious Amazon habit to support*

What you could do is lend out all your books when you move, so you have less to move. Is good idea, no?

The dark evenings make me feel okay about snuggling up on the sofa in a way that light evenings don't. I feel like I ought to be doing something then. Now, snuggles and books and wine and good telly is the order of the day. (Or it will be when I get home from work.)

How are you? I haven't spoken to you for ages. Still got your lovely Ryan icon, you see.
ebonymist: [non-fandom] cat out of the bagebonymist on October 21st, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
I have a bad Amazon habit too. XD Everything is so much less expensive there, though! It's awesome!

Hmmm... lending out the books sounds good, except then I might want to read some of the ones I've lent out and they'll have to ship it back to me... which would be expensive. :x What I really need to do is go through the books and just give up the ones I'll never read again or have no interest in anymore completely and not worry about them anymore, and just keep the ones I really want. Less to move that way.

I just can't really get settled in the house if it's light or warm out... Much prefer cold, dark evenings for snuggling up and watching TV or reading or just talking. Or rainy evenings too. Somehow rain makes snuggles that much better.

I'm good, mostly. :) Hating my job, but if all works out as planned, I won't have to deal with it much longer. Just have to make it through the holidays. Other than that, I'm pretty happy with my life, even if some things aren't exactly as I want them to be. I just starting coming back here a week or so ago - maybe a little longer, can't remember exactly. Hopefully won't be abandoning it again. XD

How about you? How've you been? And seeing that Ryan icon almost makes me miss CSI: Miami, but I'm not sure I could get back into it now. From what I've heard, it's been crazy the past few seasons. Last I saw were a few of the episodes with Jessie (Jesse? Dunno which way he spells it.)
alligator138: Ryan - Orangealligator138 on October 22nd, 2011 10:04 am (UTC)
I found a great British website called greenmetropolis, which sells books for you, like a book exchange shop. This could be a good chance for you to slim down your book collection (and make room for a whole lot of new books when you've moved). It's hard to say goodbye to books, though. I got a Kindle last Christmas, which solves a storage problem. I still have a whole lot of hard-copy books, though.

I hope the work thing works out. Sounds like you have plans. And a deadline. Good for you!

I'm okay. Some work dramas. The reorganisation means that I've taken a huge hit on my salary, but I like my job and I don't really want to move, so I'm just living with it right now. Things might change again in the future. I've been doing this so long, I've seen reorganisations come and go. *shrugs* Himself has retired, so I find I have a house-husband. I always wanted one of those... :D

CSI:Miami is getting crazier and crazier. *rolls eyes* I still love Ryan, kind of, but not in the teenage crush way I used to. And now, Himself has developed a passion for Natalia, so we're still watching it religiously. On the last one, Horatio was on a boat, having arrested the guy who shot Marisol (for something else). And it ended, with Horatio staring at the sunset and the guy on his knees in handcuffs. WTF? Are we supposed to imagine that Horatio... what? Throws him overboard? I could believe that. Horatio's been getting increasingly weird and violent. Jesse died, poor baby. And then they all went out and played basketball in his memory. Makes sense in Miami land.
ebonymist: [musketeers] porthosebonymist on October 24th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
Oooh, I'll have to look into that. Or find something similar. But I think I'll give away any to who want them first, and then sell the rest. A Kindle (or any of the other similar ones) would be nice to have, although there's nothing quite like hard copies of books. <3

If everything works out the way we're hoping, I'll be moving in January. Far enough away that it would be absolutely impossible for me to keep my current job. So, I'm excited about that. (And even more excited about other aspects of the move.)

I'm sure having a house-husband is nice. :) Does he clean and do laundry and stuff for you guys too? :P

Yeah... sounds like I won't be getting back into CSI: Miami any time soon. I don't like the sounds of what they're doing to the show. :\ My suspension of disbelief with them finally gave up. I do miss the older episodes, though, when the biggest complaint we had was Ryan not seeming like part of the team, and the show was still fun without being over-the-top.

(And I don't have any Miami icons on here anymore, so have Three Musketeeers instead.)
persikay: Books: Garfieldpersikay on October 23rd, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
*g* There's something about the way cats sit, isn't there, that you just know they're feeling cold and grumpy, LOL!
BTW, did you see the Simon's Cat video about cats & computers? So perfect... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWIPZvwcnX8

But yes, cold evenings (or cold Sunday afternoons!) are perfect for curling up on the couch with a good book (and the cat, if he feels like it). I've been rereading some of my Jane Austen novels, and then there's that new Discworld novel waiting for me... ah, I just love books. The only problem is that I'm running out of shelf space! ;)
alligator138: Slash addictalligator138 on October 23rd, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
Cats are very expressive in their body language. They can let you know exactly how displeased they are. And that whatever you're doing, you're doing it wrong and you should be doing something more important anyway. Like filling the food pots.

I did see that one. It could be filmed at our house. And did you see Double Trouble? It's the exact scenario we had when we first got Hattie, especially the possessiveness over food. We still have two litter trays...

Shelf space is always a problem. And if there ever is any, there's a cat on it. I love my Kindle. It's never going to be as lovely as holding a real book, but it seriously saves on space.
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alligator138: Calm pink flowersalligator138 on October 23rd, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC)
They are adorable. But Herby tells me that something isn't right right now, and I have to guess what it is. The look on his face is far from adorable...

You really should read this. I could have started from page one again the minute I finished it. It's a really original take on an overdone theme, IMO.