Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Mallorean

Since I read all the Belgariad, and the library is unjustly accusing me of having a book I've never seen, I thought I would just read all the rest of the David Eddings in a huge binge. David tried to do the same thing but got too irritated at the details to continue. These are good books, the characters are very enjoyable. Reading these books is like hanging out with friends that have a few quirks, but you love them so you ignore the obnoxious laugh or hogging all the pizza.

The last two books are interesting, I don't know of any other author that has gone back to a series and retold it, from a different character's perspective. Eddings does it twice. I enjoy these last two books, even though I know the story, because of the changes that happen because of a different character's viewpoint. Since you know and love the characters, the changes are enjoyable too. But I must admit, I skimmed some places towards the end. Too much Eddings gets boring after a while.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Fool Moon

This is another noir, detective, magic story. I read it after we came back from vacation. It was a light read, entertaining, with absolutely nothing in it that relates to my life at all. Sometimes its nice to get away so completely, even if it is in your head.

This one had werewolves in it, which usually I avoid because they tend to be bloody. This one was medium in that respect. Though it is obvious that the author has done his research, he lists all kinds of different werewolves in mythology and what their aspects are. It is nice to read a casual novel, one that isn't meant to convey deep themes and emotions, that nevertheless has some work and craftsmanship in it.

Fool Moon. Jim Butcher. ROC. 2001


So, since I got back from vacation a week ago, does the fact that I am only writing about it now mean it took a week to recuperate? No, actually it means that I am a lazy butt with other things going on this week. The vacation itself went amazingly well, to the point of feeling it was a blessing from God to help me through everything else.
Though we got lost trying to get to Strawberry reservoir from Moab, (don't always trust Google, especially in regards to small windy roads over mountains) and rained on on three separate occasions in one day, the camping went better than expected. For only being the second time we have been camping as a family, the kids did pretty good.
David's brother's spare bed is very comfy, and getting enough sleep is a major component of a good vacation. Having their house as a base to go to every other night was helpful. I got to visit with both of my grandmothers in a way I haven't for years, on a one-on-one basis. I also got some one-on-one time with my husband, which was very welcome.
Thank you to all those who put up with us, or just put us up. If anyone that reads this has photos of my kids, could you share? The picture taking was the one part of the trip I failed at. I got three pictures, at the Davis county fair, and that is it.
Some highlights of the trip were: Bridget saying "BMMOOOMM!!" every time we saw a cow; Ryan learning the water slides are fun (he had a blast at Crystal Springs); David catching crawdads for the boys to eat (they didn't like them); visiting with our friends in Logan, whose children match ours very well, just a year behind; doing all my school shopping in a morning; Maggie up to her knees in mud at Sugarhouse park; and seeing a lot of people we love.
Now school has started and the ward activity is tomorrow so if I can get through the next day we should be able to calm down a little.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


So, I still have to survive three more days, but so far it has been worth it. We got lost in the mountains, rained on repeatedly and only three barfs. But we also went fishing, tried crawdads, said MOOOO! a lot, quilted with grandma, played with cousins, swam at Crystal Hot Springs and slept well two out of three nights. That's pretty good so far. I'll be back Sat. to report more.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Man With the Golden Torc

This was sort of a supernatural James Bond book. Very much like the old James Bond books, and the Sean Connery movies. It was fun and a good read. I've not been in the mood for much serious stuff lately. Summer has taken over my brain and I'm not up for much serious thinking.

Unfortunately we are going on vacation and that requires a lot of serious thinking on my part. Everyone else gets to go and have fun, I have to plan the whole thing, and since we are camping, make sure we have food and all the other necessities as well. I'm feeling grumpy about it at the moment. I'm sure I will enjoy it once we are gone, but right now its just a lot of work.

The Man With the Golden Torc. Simon Green. ROC. 2008