February 1st, 2007

Snow! Again!

Originally uploaded by joyce.clapp.
The weather folks were right, and we got our second snow of the year. There wasn't anything at 4:30 when I was up, so I was surprised to see this when I got up at 8:30. It's pretty, but the uni is closed, which puts a wrench in my plans for the day and means going into campus tomorrow to run errands, which I didn't want to do, so, feh.

January books

1. The Polysyllabic Spree (Nick Hornby)
2. Born In Death (J. D. Robb)
3. Over Sea, Under Stone (Susan Cooper)
4. Apple of My Eye (Helene Hanff)
5. The Tuesday Club Murders (Agatha Christie)
6. The Body in the Library (Agatha Christie)
7. The Prestige (Christopher Priest)

I've been on an Agatha Christie jag lately. I'm working my way through Miss Marple (having read Vicarage last year). They're fun, light-weight reads, formulaic enough to be relaxing but different enough to be entertaining, while gently saying pithy things about human nature (that being Miss Marple's whole schtick, of course.) Great fun.

If you like books, and like reading about what other people read, go read The Polysyllabic Spree. It won't take you long, and it'll make you laugh.

The In Death books are back on key again, which is very nice.

However, the best thing I read this month (well, finished this month, having started last year) was The Prestige, recommended by the lovely rhiannonstone. It was lovely and mystifying and well plotted and surprising and confusing and well done. I wanted to get to the end so that I could find out what was going on, but I didn't want the book to be over. My only disappointments were that the revelation about what was going on with Borden (no real spoiler there, it's a book about magicians, so there are going to be twists and revelations) was delivered rather anti-climatically, and I would have liked a more thorough explanation behind Nicky's story. But then again, it was a book about magicians, so they're not going to tell you ever secret, eh? Highly recommended.