Well, for us folks in North America, this is ideal reading weather - fireplace on, check. Dog curled up, check. Beverage appropriate to the hour, check. I’m cheerfully working my way through some of Mount Toberead.
First off, I finished Ann Ireland’s “The Blue Guitar” - I had to break off reading it for a bit as I was preparing for an important concert. Reading about a young, hotshot classical guitarist who had a nervous breakdown onstage, and a different 40 year old classical guitarist who couldn’t find enough time to practice because of her family obligations was just not helping my find my Zen for the performance.
It’s a good book, but not a great book. The parts that I found most interesting were the extremely realistic depictions of what goes on at a major guitar competition. For the first time in ages, I thought a book was too short - I would have liked about 30 more pages that filled in some of the details about the SARS-like virus that had Toronto under quarantine, and some of the relationships were left hanging a bit.
I also finished Frederic Norton’s “A Nervous Splendour”, which was a fascinating glimpse into ten months of Viennese history, circa 1888.
I’m currently reading “A Feast for Crows”, the fourth book in George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire”. I’m also re-reading Richard Dawkin’s “Climbing Mount Improbable”, an exploration of species that evolve symbiotic relationships. Also on the pile - Chris Hadfield’s “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth” and Iain Banks’ “Stonemouth”.
And you - whatcha readin’?
A link to last month’s thread.
For those of you unfamiliar with him, **Khadaji **was a long time doper with a kind heart and an encouraging word for everyone. One of his passions was books, and he started this long chain of book discussion threads many years ago. When he died in January of 2013, it was decided that the best way to honour his memory was to continue these threads, and name them after him. May his corner of heaven have a well stocked library, a comfy chair and lots of light.