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www Wednesdays (May 15)

www_wednesdaysThis weekly reading meme is hosted by Should Be Reading.
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
My answers haven’t changed much since last week.  I am currently listening to State of Wonder by Ann Patchett for my book club meeting this weekend.  The author has a flourish for words, and I’m enjoying the audio version very much!  Lots of readers have recommended her other work to me, too.
I am finishing up Earth Abides by George R. Stewart, so I’m going to call it good.  Besides the absence of a some type of historical media record the survivors could reference, this EOTWAWKI account could almost be modern regardless of the 1947 copyright.  It’s more or less based on the Bible verse, “Men go and come, but earth abides.”  We could be gone, but the earth will keep going without us.
A list of “must read” Utopian/Dystopian titles I once saw included The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula le Guin, and I’ve wanted to pick it up since then.  So it’s next!
And…
What are you reading this week?  Join in and link back to MizB!

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www Wednesday (May 8)

This is a weekly meme hosted  at Should be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?

www_wednesdays• What did you recently finish reading?

• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Having perhaps previously set the bar for all future post-apocalyptic stories, I am currently reading Earth Abides by George R. Stewart.  It is barely dated from its 1949 copyright.

Our current book club read is State of Wonder by Ann Patchett, which I am enjoying on CD.  Its premise is not one I would usually pursue — a doctor’s death in the Amazon jungle is investigated by his colleague — so I’m glad being in a reading group broadens my choices.

What did you recently finish reading?

Long ago a friend recommended The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, which I just finished reading and liked very much. It was a bittersweet story of a kind-hearted misfit.

I also just finished The 25th Hour by David Benioff and loved it!  There is a movie version with Edward Norton as the main character, Monty, who is in on the verge of seven years in prison.  Norton’s face was my mental image throughout the whole book, which was definitely not a bad thing.  I loved the book and guiltily loved Monty’s bad boy persona.

What do you think you’ll read next?

In staying along the same old post-apoc vein, I’d like to read Ursula Le Guin’s The Lathe of Heaven next.  It’s been on my “tbr” list way too long.

Join in the fun and link your list back to MizB’s original post!

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WWW Wednesday (June 6)

This is a weekly bookish meme from MizB at Should be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I am reading We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver right now.  It’s disturbing enough that I can only stand it in little chunks.  Every parent must somehow at some time in their parenthood worry that their child might not grow up to be the angel you hope they continue to be.  That’s why I can only take this book in small doses.

Otherwise, I’m listening to Sellevision by Augusten Burroughs on CD.  It adds a little humor to my drive after I’m depressed from reading the book listed previously!

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished Wool 5: Stranded by Hugh Howey, an excellent dystopian climax to the Wool series.  There is a “prequel,” First Shift – Legacy, I intend to read, too.  I hope many more post-apocalypse and dystopia fans discover Howey’s work!

What do you think you’ll read next?

Even though I’ve had this title on my Kindle since I first bought it three years ago, I still have yet to read Uglies by Scott Westerfeld.  It kicked off a YA series that I’m not sure about following, but this one was free.  Why not?

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A small triumph!

It takes so little to make me ecstatically happy in life.  I try to go by the motto, “There’s nothing more to happiness than having something to look forward to.”  Even with the sentence ending in a preposition, it’s a good mantra.  The saying has gotten me through some rough moments.

Yesterday’s mail delivery sent me into exhilaration mode, though.  I received my first royalty check from Amazon for my e-book/novella, Contained!  It’s not so much a nerd’s euphoria, but I’m very pleased with the wee little amount of money from sales so far.  Amazon KDP apparently pays out ever six months — as long as there are some sales.  Fortunately, I’ve had a few now.

She thought they were the only survivors.

It’s a humble beginning, and I hope there are future royalties.  Topping my wish list, though, are more ideas for stories to come.  Writing inspiration and many future works are definitely things to which I can certainly look forward!

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Can you imagine?

Second only to growing a tiny human being inside my body, I bet getting published and selling a story for filming has to feel incredible.  Elation.

I participate in a group called Apocalypse Whenever on goodreads.  What a relief to discover other twisted people out there like me who enjoy end-of-world stories a little too much.  No longer will I think I’m the only freak who likes a good tale of humanity’s destruction.  I’ll cease to hide my desensitization via over-consumption of ’70s and ’80s media.  There are other people to celebrate it with me!

One of the author/participants in the group, Hugh Howey, has recently signed on with Random House UK and 20th Century Fox.  The cover of his book, Wool, caught my eye when recommended by other readers in the group.  He has an eloquence with language and a knack for description.  His website graphic is also eerily magnetic.  Quite a creative guy.

The other PA group members offered differing perspectives on some aspects I missed in the first and second books.  It’s good to have a peek from another reader’s point of view instead of only my own mind’s eye.

So part of my summer reading is mapped out.  I plan to finish the Wool series, look forward to the sixth installment, and then the big-screen version.  Hard to imagine.  Now there’s a fisheye lens!

My workaday greeting of, “Good morning/afternoon, XYZ Company, how may I help you” seems even more pathetic now.  But I’m not bitter.  Reading about Howey’s success motivates me to worry less about inconsequential matters and get to work on a new story of my own.

Hugh seems like a common enough fella, in a para-social relationship sort of way, who pops into the Apocalypse Whenever discussion now and then.  He started out self-publishing through Kindle and has moved on to bigger and better things.  I’m glad to see an indie author get the recognition he has surely worked long and hard to accomplish.

Maybe publishing and filming deals aren’t the end all, be all, but  … no, they probably are.  Good on ya, Hugh!

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May 21, 2012 · 5:46 pm