Jul 7, 2007

I'm back

I had a great time this week, and saw some fantastic bands. Unfortunately, and as expected, I didn't get that much reading done. Music festivals are not exactly the ideal place to read. I'm a little over 70 pages into Beloved, and I really like it so far.

Things didn't go as well as expected in terms of book buying either. All I got was Murakami's Kafka on the Shore. They didn't have The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, so I guess I'm going to have to order it online.

When I got home I had a package waiting for me. This normally makes me very happy, but I couldn't help but also notice the absence of the other package, the one that was supposed to contain Neil Gaiman's Interworld. It's been so long now, I'm starting to get worried. I think I'm going to wait to see if it arrives on Monday, and if not, I'll e-mail the store.

The package I did get, however, contained a book called Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic. It is, as the name suggests, an anthology of Southern stories by Southern authors with a magic realist, fantastic or sci-fi-ish twist. I've had my eye on it for a while, and I thought I'd be a perfect book to read during the time of the Southern Reading Challenge. It includes authors like Gene Wolfe, Kelly Link and (another strong reason why I got it) Daniel Wallace.

Well, time to catch up on everyone's blogs, and get some reading done.


  1. Welcome back! There's always reading time, but there aren't that many opportunities for really good music festivals. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Crossroads sounds really good...I'll look forward to your review of it!

  2. Yay! Welcome back Nymeth...glad you had a good time. I was starting to worry about you. I forgot that you went to the music festival and I was really missing your posts!

  3. Cool you are back, it was quiet without you. Sounds like the festival was fun too :)

  4. So glad you had a good time and that you made it back safely!

    Gene Wolfe and Kelly Link...sounds like a great book!

  5. Welcome back!

    I'm a Gene Wolfe fan, too but I'm not familiar with Daniel Wallace. What has he written I should look for?

  6. Hey! Good to see you back! Music festivals can be so much fun! My husband and I so wanted to go to Bonnaroo this year (since The Police were going to be there) but it just wasn't in the cards.

    Did you see any good bands?

  7. Dark Orpheus: Thanks!

    Robin: a good point! There is plenty of time to catch up on my reading. I plan on reading Crossroads this month still.

    Chris: I missed you guys too!

    Rhinoa: it really was!

    Carl: More or less safely :P You wouldn't believe how much my back hurt after standing for hours each night. I'm getting too old for these things :P And it really does sound good. I really look forward to reading it.

    Jeff: The only thing I have read by Gene Wolfe are short stories in anthologies. I really should do something about that, shouldn't I? As for Daniel Wallace, his "Big Fish" would be a great start. Robin wrote a beautiful review of it recently: here.

    Stephanie: I saw the bonnaroo lineup, it was quite good! Too bad you couldn't make it. I love festivals, even though they leave me exhausted. My favourite bands this year were Interpol, The Arcade Fire and Jesus & Mary Chain.

  8. Ack! I LOVE Jesus & Mary Chain!! Franz Ferdinand is one of my new favorites...they were at Bonnaroo and so was the White Stripes! Man...I'm sad that I missed it!

  9. I saw Franz Ferdinand a few years back, and they are lots of fun live. And I saw The White Stripes about a month ago, along with The Smashing Pumpkins. It's really too bad you couldn't make it - hopefully they'll come your away again in the near future.


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