Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Signs of Life

Months and months ago--okay, probably more like over a year--my friend Pat brought me a book that she thought I'd enjoy. I looked at it & nodded, put it on my desk where it promptly got covered with piles of Very Important Stuff, and never actually got around to reading it.

Until now.

I stayed up two nights in a row last week to read "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society," and if I had known it was THIS good I would have read it much, much sooner.

Not that it's perfect--there were a few small flaws in the writing that were mildly irritating, but it was far more charming than irritating, and in a strange kind of way, some of the amatuerisms just made it more charming.

I wouldn't classify it as a romance, exactly, though I have to admit, the romance worked for me. Not sure why--it just did. Maybe because it was kind of an improbable personality meld, and both romantic partners had been through so much--real life so much, not goofy teenage vampire angst so much--, and the romance came about so quietly and normally and *real*-ly, against the backdrop of just living their lives....I can believe in that kind of romance.

Here's a point from the very last page:

"All my life I thought that the story was over when the hero and heroine were safely engaged--after all, what's good enough for Jane Austen ought to be good enough for anyone. But it's a lie. The story is about to begin, and every day will be a new piece of the plot. Perhaps my next book will be about a fascinating married couple and all the things they learn about one another over time."

Amen, sister. That's a book I'd read.

Until it's written, it's encouraging to know there are signs of life in this romance-less literary heart of mine.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Salon, JA, Percy Jackson...

I've got a hankering to salon with ya'll. It dawned on me that we've never actually discussed JA in a salon--wanna do it? You know you do.

I'm thinking March 20 or 27. I'll make sure I see Percy Jackson in all his big-screen glory beforehand so we can talk book vs. movie, too.

Whaddya think?