July 30, 2004
27. The Nerd Who Loved Me, Vicki Thompson
So last Friday, the romance buyer for Borders came up to me and two of the other admins and said, "You have to come over to my desk, I have a book you all have to read, it's hysterical!" Never one to pass on a free book, I went along--besides which, I'd heard about Thompson's first book, Nerd in Shining Armor, and was curious.
Yup, it's your basic romance novel, only the hero is a geekish accountant. It was a fun, fluffy sort of read, with an entertaining set of characters, including the hero's mother and her group of friends (all retired Vegas showgirls) who call themselves Temptresses in Temporary Seclusion, or TITS for short. (You try not to be twelve years old and keep from giggling when one of the characters announces, "C'mon, TITS, let's go!")
If you like the light-hearted, mildly explicit genre at all, you'll like it (look for it starting Tuesday, it hasn't been released yet). It got me through a nice relaxing weekend. Besides, I wholeheartedly approve of making nerds romantic heroes in books--they've been my romantic heroes for years.
26. 'Salem's Lot, Stephen King
Can you believe I'd never read this before? As long as I've been a King reader, and I'd never read one of his classics. It's referenced pretty extensively in the last couple Dark Tower books, and I watched the TNT miniseries version of it (which felt off to me). Then that same week, like fate, I found an omnibus edition of Carrie, 'Salem's Lot, and The Shining at work. So I read it.
It's been a long time since I read any of King's earlier works, and it's amazing how much he's changed as a writer. I'm not saying Lot was bad--it definitely wasn't--but the writing and storytelling were astoundingly immature in places. It gave me some hope for my own writing, even. Overall, I enjoyed it, and the story was good, if maybe a little over-shaded with Dracula imagery. For me, the best thing was finding where it ties into the DT books, and getting a glimpse of Father Callahan in his early days. Overall, not a bad way to spend a weekend.
25. The Iliad, Homer
Man, am I behind. I've read three books since my last update. And here's the first. It took me forever to read this. I started some time in May (yes, I admit it, after seeing Troy) and finished right before we moved in early July. I don't know that I can say I enjoyed reading it, but I'm glad that I did. It was some interesting insight into the stories I've been familiar with since I was a kid and into Greek culture.
Now I'm curious to read the Odyssey, but I think I'm going to give myself a long breather before reading any more ancient Greek literature...