I’m sitting on Rose Madder for some reason. I just can’t bring myself to read it. A story hurts to swallow, but I really should read it. I used The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three (Book II) as a distraction from that one.
I finished roughly half the book the first night I cracked it open. Then I polished it off the next day (Saturday). OUTSTANDING book. I have no idea what I love about the universe King created in that series, only that I do love it. I love the idea of a gunslinger-knight, and the whole idea of “the world has moved on” running through it. I love the familiar weirdness of it. A parallel, but not duplicate, of our world, where paper and gold are roughly equivalent in value. It’s an awesome idea, and mixes gunfights with sorcerers and monsters and demons. Awesome.
Now, however, I need my next fix. This is like crack or meth. I can’t stop now. And I don’t know how many books in the series the little pukey library by us is going to have. This one was larger than the last one, and involved a lot more of our world with theirs, but was a neat idea. It’s dramatically different than King’s other works, too. And he executed it so well.
I tried to choke down a collection of ghost stories, too. They ranged from Victorian to mid-80s era stories, and some of them were okay, but it wasn’t great. I think I’ll stop with that one. I have to see what else is in my book bag to read. And they’re all due back pretty soon.
I also sat through The Descent, a horror movie about a pack of girls who go spelunking in the Appalachian mountains. Of course they have a cave-in which traps them below, and they have to spelunk their way out of unexplored caverns. There’s a lot of relational things involved too, and underground eat-you-if-they-catch-you things. Yes, it had flaws. I won’t go into them all, but some of them included monsters evolved to live underground which ONLY use echolocation to find prey, which are unable to tell the difference between the texture of slimy wet cave-rock and human hair, which cannot detect the heat of a torch despite the dwelling in a cool, damp place, and those same creatures being completely blind but emerging to find food above ground. I’ll stop there, I think.
Overall, not the worst movie I’ve ever seen, but not the best either. I give it a four of ten rating. The girls weren’t all that hot, either. They could’ve mustered a point for hotness, and maybe another point if the ending hadn’t been so lame. So I’ll stand by my four, but it could’ve been a six. Too bad.
Anyway, we had a quiet Mother’s Day, because I got a migraine and told everyone to shut up. I feel like an ass for ruining it. My son and I are going to make it up to Mom by doing the dishes tomorrow.
How was your weekend?
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