Interesting Facts From School This Week:
We’re more than half-way through the course, and this week was about databases vs. web searches. Again, I taught rhetoric & research for eleven years, so the lessons weren’t new to me. But, I did learn about free online databases of which I had not been aware. If you live in Indiana, INSPIRE is a free collection of databases funded by a state grant.
Got someone in your life who seems to know nothing about computers? Maybe they want to know how to get a job, and all applications are online these days? There is a free database called GFC Global that will walk people through step-by-step on topics such as computer basics, resumes, and job seeking. It’s a fantastic resource. Free!
This Week’s Blog Posts:
It was a busy week with three very different works reviewed. Monday brought you Made for Love, an audio book written by Alissa Nutting and read by Suzanne Elise Freeman. A wild story about independence, technology, and sexual intimacy that goes bizarre-o rather quickly, I liked that it made me think about just how different people are in their definitions of “intimacy.”
Wednesday I did a 180 and read a perfectly respectable novella called The Girl Who Reads on the Métro by Christine Féret-Fleury, translated from the French by Ros Schwartz. With an existentialist feel, this slight book is less about plot and more focused on. . . well, maybe you can tell me.
Friday was a bummer! A poorly drawn graphic novel with no sense of a basic color wheel, Cannonball by Kelsey Wroten let me down hard. I didn’t really need what is basically Lena Dunham’s life if she never made it in entertainment in graphic form. We’re not rooting for Lena Dunham-types in America.
Next Week’s Blog Posts:
Due to a hiccup at the library, Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku didn’t get her copy of Owlsight by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon until this week, meaning we pushed back our reviews for #ReadingValdemar. You’ll see my thoughts on the sophomore novel of the OWL MAGE trilogy bright and early Monday.
Wednesday brings my review of a novel that is marketed all wrong but was beautiful-darkness just the same. Kristen Arnett’s debut novel, Mostly Dead Things, is sure to please literary lovers and weirdos alike.
Lastly, thanks to our mega-long adventure with Charles Dickens in David Copperfield, I got the audio book of The Victorian City by Judith Flanders, read by Corrie James. All things London over the course of Dickens life; it’s a lot to take it, so should you listen, read, or both? Check out my review Friday.
Book I’m Reading Aloud to My Spouse:
We’re making our way through a collection of short stories called Hauntings: Tales of the Supernatural, edited by Henry Mazzeo. So far we’re read —
- “The Lonesome Place” by August Derleth
- “In the Vault” by H.P. Lovecraft
- “The Man Who Collected Poe” by Robert Bloch
- “Where Angels Fear” by Manly Wade Wellman
- “Lot No. 249” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I love the spooky, atmospheric tales, ones that remind you of the persistent dread you felt as a child every time it got dark, you had to go in the basement or attic, the trees’ leaves rubbed together too crisply, laid in bed with your feet 1000% UNDER THE COVERS. The spouse isn’t as impressed, having skipped that whole I-can-hear-spiders-in-the-walls phase I went through as a child and going right into proper adulthood.
Books Added to the TBR Pile:
There is a whole heap of graphic novels added to my TBR, and I’ll explain why in a big ranty post coming soon about the public library. It’s led to yet another ridiculous plan, and you know I’m the Ruler of Ridiculous Reading Plans.