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Happy Halloween

October 31, 2008 7:22 pm

It’s a quiet one for me this year.  We carved pumpkins last weekend with Pug’s brother and sister-in-law, but our jacks were unceremoniously moved outside Wednesday morning when I noticed that they were leaning a little more than they had been.  Pug’s now looks like it’s melting! — so it’s off to the dumpster with them in the morning.

So the plan is to hand out candy — assuming we get trick-or-treaters, which we haven’t so far, but it’s possible — and read vampire books.  Which I seem to be reading a lot of lately — and some very different vampire books at that.

After a conversation at lunch several weeks ago, my almost-brother-in-law loaned me the first two of Laurel K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake books (of which I’ve so far read one).  Hamilton knows how to spin a story and how to write action, so it’s a fast read.  She tries to keep it very dark and noir-ish — large quantities of world-weary sarcasm — which would start to weigh on you except that the book moves so quickly.  Her real strength is how she handles the basic premise: that vampires and other undead are not only accepted as real, but have been granted citizenship.  It’s a clever reason for a police liaison to be tangled up in vampire business, and she makes the legal detail move the plot forward.

I hadn’t really planned to, but I’ve also started reading Twilight after A. found my weakness by using the line “I’d be interested to hear what you think.”  (She was reading it because a friend at work was enjoying them, and was curious about what sort of vampire book it could be, given who the author is and who had recommended it to her.)  I’m almost 400 pages in and I’ve finally found something resembling a plot (of the “run, the baddies are chasing us!” variety).  Teen romance is not usually my cup of tea (and undoubtedly IS where this book should be shelved), and this is, I’m afraid, no exception.  Also, Meyer needed a better editor (as evidenced by 375 pages of plotlessness and flimsy character development).  I thought Little, Brown was a decent house, but now I wonder if I should get to work, because I could totally write this book.  And whatever talents I may hope to have, that’s not really a good thing.

To round out this assortment of books with fangs, my former roommate, C., and I are attempting to continue our long-distance book club by reading Dracula.  I’ve read it before via the DracuBlog, which isn’t actually running this year, but for the past several years a Drac fan has undertaken to blog the novel — which is written as letters, diary entries, etc. — chronologically.  Partly it’s just just fun, but it also really gives you a sense of the time in which things happen (you check the blog and — geez, is Jonathan Harker still in Transylvania?).  It’s interesting to me to read the book as Bram Stoker arranged it, though, because at least in one instance, the action isn’t chronological:  for the first four chapters all you get is Harker writing his diary in Transylvania.  After that, Stoker takes you back to England and you catch up on what other characters have been doing during his absence, and you really do get a sense of the world having opened up — a contrast between the isolation of rural Transylvania and the more cosmopolitan West.

Happy hauntings to you all!

7 Responses to “Happy Halloween”

Tae wrote a comment on October 31, 2008

I couldn’t get through Twilight. I got to….chapter 4? Maybe? A little bit after the hospital scene but not much further. I much preferred reading the mockings reviews of the book(s) instead.

I would still like to continue our letter game once I get a little less heck of a schedule. >>

Odette wrote a comment on October 31, 2008

Heehee! Good, I liked where we were going. 🙂 When you feel ready, just let me know. I think I had a few vague things plotted out… and if I’m lucky, I might have written them down. Heh.

Szarka wrote a comment on November 3, 2008

I haven’t read the Anita Blake series, but wish Hamilton would write more Sherlock Holmes pastiches. I myself am deep into Terry Pratchett appreciation.

Carmen wrote a comment on November 5, 2008

Want to know something terrifying about Twilight?

It’s basically mormon porn. XD

Courtney wrote a comment on January 14, 2009

So did you ever end up finishing the Twilight series? By the way, I’m noticing you haven’t updated since Halloween. Let’s work on that. What’re you doing? Moonlighting on another blog or something? 🙂

Odette wrote a comment on January 14, 2009

Haha, you sneaky, sneaky girl. 😉

And no, I decided to call it quits after the first Twilight book. Sorry!

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