Saturday, May 23, 2009

Memorial Day Read-a-thon

Happy Memorial Weekend!
Once Jim Nabors sings the Indiana song and they shout, "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines", Indy cars buzz like bees and go around in circles. Until someone drinks the winning glass of milk, you might as well sit poolside and read a book.
Just started reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. This is a serious hoot. Indeed, Mr. Grahame-Smith has adapted Ms. Austen's story, utilized her style and plot line, and inserted zombie attacks when necessary. Mr. Darcy admires Elizabeth for her deeply intelligent brown eyes and her dagger wielding skills. I'm laughing out loud not only for the story, but for the creativity shown. Goes to show, anything is possible. Rumor has it, Mr. G-S is now writing something that involves Abe Lincoln and vampires. I'll give a shout out to Quirk Books in Philly for publishing zany material.
Finished a delightful mystery by a first time author, Alan Bradley. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie introduces us in 1950 to Flavia de Luce, eleven years old, plus older sisters who torment her, a remote but loving father, a loyal gardener, and a man who expires in front of Flavia at 4 am in the garden. Flavia knows her poisons and works to uncover the mystery ahead of the Inspector. As she peddles her bike about the English countryside, we meet a cast of town characters, her father's long lost college roommates, and learn a bit about rare stamps. Well written, with an old fashioned style, and excellent pacing, this book is a winner. I look forward to further tales of Flavia, her nosiness, humor, and a love of chemicals.
Dip in the pool (brrrr), chow down a hotdog, remember those who came before us. And read!!!

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