The One Where we Update the Blog (New Acquisitions Pt1)

I’m not going to be able to blog about my time here at Clarion West very often, as the experience is too raw, too new to comment on any specifics (and I’m too busy writing, anyway). I will say I am having the time of my life with some talented, amazing people. In the meantime, enjoy some random photos documenting my used bookstore obsession. That is all. … Continue reading

2009: Five Books I Have Read

Happy 2010 Everyone! We have spent the day reflecting on the year that has passed and the year that is to come. And so I’ve been thinking a lot about writing and reading. One of my goals (I won’t say “resolution”) is to keep a log of what I’ve read so I can better remember. No doubt some of those entries will also appear here on my blog, so keep your eyes peeled. My final entry on the “5 Things” theme is on books I read in 2009. I read a lot, so this list barely scratches the surface of the dozens of books I’ve enjoyed all or in part this year. I certainly recommend them all to you, though of course your mileage may vary. Each of these transported me to their respective worlds in a memorable way. And in no particular order… Finch by Jeff Vandermeer The final … Continue reading

The Joad Less Traveled (Reading: The Grapes of Wrath)

Here I am, untold years out of high school and finally getting around to reading The Grapes of Wrath. (Sorry for the pun in the title. I just couldn’t resist.) It’s been high on my “to read” list for quite some time, but kept dropping to the perpetual back of the line like some Jean Claude Van Damme movie on my Netflix Queue everytime something new came along. And in case you think I’m a total jerk for comparing one of the Greatest Novels Ever Written to JCVD,  I should point out that my favorite book is East of Eden. (I don’t know whether that absolves my sin or compounds it…) I just started reading, so I don’t have a lot of well-formed opinions on the novel yet — other than as usual, Steinbeck does a wonderful job of evoking character through place. Few worlds are as vivid to me … Continue reading

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows

…and 759 pages and roughly 24 hours later, it ends. I had a hard time putting this one down! (be warned! spoilerish observations to follow…I will assume you have read the previous six books…) With the seventh and final book in the “Harry Potter” saga, J.K. Rowling brings the epic saga of the Boy-Who-Lived to a rollicking close. At last, we learn (most of) the truths behind Harry’s past, Voldemort’s schemes, Snape’s uncertain loyalties, and Dumbledore’s secret plans. For the most part, all of these plot threads play out nicely, with all of the big reveals coming at a breathless pace as the pages fly quickly by. Harry, at last fully freed from the fetters of childhood, is able to confront his nemesis on his own terms and fulfill the destiny he’s long been seeking. Ron and Hermione are his constant companions in the final journey, staying one step ahead … Continue reading