Hey, folks. I’ve been on vacation. Visited some places in California, like Catalina Island–which has some amazingly clear water, much to my surprise, given the rather greyish stuff sopping every other (mainland) Californian beach I’ve ever visited. Along with visits to Knott’s Berry Farm and Universal Studios–both of which had refreshingly short wait times for attractions…it was really nice.
With that said…
Well, I obviously didn’t get any editing done. -__- (Besides, I went with my family and they would not tolerate laptops on what was supposed to be a “relaxing retreat.”)
In other news…
I am back out job-hunting and whatnot, again. Fun stuff! (Not.) Also, I (finally!) finished reading a novel I’ve been revisiting on and off for the longest time now, Shriek: An Afterword by Jeff VanderMeer. As I’ve come to expect from him, it’s quite strange in content though the format in which he tells the story is unusual, as well. A woman named Janice Shriek bittersweet-ly reflects on her and her brother Duncan’s life in the fantastical city of Ambergris, a place which apparently is periodically attacked with fungal infestations and violence employed by an underground race of shroom-people known as the gray caps.
Tell me that doesn’t sound the least bit interesting.
The format of the story didn’t really grab my attention at first. Actually, I thought it was kinda boring during the first half. It wasn’t really until about 5/8 into the tale that I felt things really started to pick up–and perhaps that’s because that’s when the really weird fantasy elements came into full effect (the stuff I was actually looking forward to).
In any case, Shriek is not VanderMeer’s first story set in this city, as I understand (the collection City of Saints and Madmen came before), and for some strange reason I actually started with the last book, Finch, which I liked better in comparison. Still, it was an interesting read.
A little disturbing in parts, to be sure (certainly not a book for the kiddos out there), but interesting nevertheless.
Other than that…not much else has been going on, I’m afraid.
Read Any Interesting Books Lately?
Any worth recommending? I mean, my “To Be Read” list is already ridiculously long as it is, but I’ve got the rest of my life to read all this stuff, ya know? (However long that may be…)