“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

The days are getting warmer. By the weekend we should be in the high 40’s and even the low 50’s. That sounds like deck weather after the cold spell we’ve all endured. Gracie is bored because of that cold. She goes out to do her business or to take one run around the backyard. This morning she was staring and growling at some of her toys. She brought a couple to me, and I threw them down the hall hoping for a game of fetch. She just stood looking at me and whining. Luckily she is now asleep, snoring of course. I have nothing to do today. Yesterday I was out and about, but today I am staying home. My groceries are arriving later, I have a few books to read on my iPad and the house is clean. I suppose I could do laundry, but I won’t.

The Edge of Dark Water by Joe R. Lansdale was the book I just finished. I liked it. The whole novel revolved around three young teens taking the ashes of their murdered friend to Hollywood where she always expected to go and become a star. The trip is on or around the Sabine River. Skunk, the legendary killer who cuts off the hands of his victims, is after them. I won’t give any more of the story in case you’re intrigued, but I refuse to be held responsible if you hate it. Tastes in books vary in as many ways as there are books. I had no expectations for this novel and how much I liked it surprised me. I had to read straight through. At the end I found out that Joe R. Lansdale has written and published hundreds of novels, novellas, novelettes, short stories, chapbooks, comic books, graphic novels, and collections. I also found out he wrote Bubba Ho-Tep which I didn’t read, but I did see and liked the movie made from it. IMDb had the best description of this film, “Elvis and JFK, both alive and in a nursing home, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy.” Okay, that description is more than enough. I’m going to read more by this author. Amazon here I come!

Reading has always been a joy for me. Trips to the library were every week when I was a kid. I’d haul home the limit I could take and read them in a few days. I used to hide a light under the covers so I could read at night after I was expected to be asleep. I’d spend my entire 50 cents allowance on a new book which always caused my father to give me the putting money away for a rainy day lecture. I didn’t take heed. I knew I’d made the best investment with my money. I still have some of those books I bought. They are about Donna Parker and Trixie Belden, amateur teenage detectives. The pages are yellow and sort of fragile now, but every now and then I pick one up and read a page or two just for the memories.

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5 Comments on ““Books are a uniquely portable magic.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I’m thiking of buying some books too now. The lates by Stephen King is on its way in Swedish but I can buy the English one already now so I’ll most likely order that one . What was the book before that one from him? I did find some other books that looked interesting but now I need to see if I can find anything from Lansdale.

    I read a lot when I was a kid and people in my neighborhood always thought I was an odd kid 🙂 But I just loved to loose myself in the world of what ever book I read.

    The weather is changing here too now, unfortunately we’ll get Your cold weather instead. I’ve gottenb used to these warm and rainy days and would have liked them to stay 🙂

    Have a great day!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I also have an addiction to books. Most of what I’ve purchased over the decades still resides in my house. There are books in every room except the bathroom. There used to be books in there, too, but they would get soggy. There are even books in the cellar, the laundry and the front porch. Of course, there is always my Kindle. Reading material must be available, just in case. 🙂
    My book of the moment is Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett whom I love. I just finished Book 1 of The Ghatti’s Tale by Gayle Greeno. Telepathic cats on a sort of alien planet in that one. It’s a re-read from twenty years ago.

    It’s sunny and a balmy 29ºF here. A warming trend is forecast along with snain and rain and maybe some sun. That would be nice.
    Rocky is just as bored as Gracie. I sent him off to doggy day care to play with his friends. He’s wearing his polar fleece and is probably not very happy about that.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I can’t think go any better addiction though chocolate comes close. I had the same piles of books everywhere, but I finally donated them to my library, and the librarian picked the ones she wanted then we had a book sale. My little library, of which I am a board member, is always so grateful for donations of any sort.

      I alternate among buying actual books, downloading to my iPad and going to the library. I too like Terry Pratchett, but I haven’t ever heard of Gayle Greeno and I’m curious-thanks.

      We hit 30+˚ here and my thermometer, Miss Gracie, stays out a while so I know it’s getting warmer. I wish Gracie liked other dogs better. She loves her friend Cody and does like other dogs but it takes a while for her to warm up to one at a time. If I just let her sniff and smell she’ll be happy to meet them, but if I interfere in any way she gets crazy. Gracie wears her Pendleton when we go out in the car. She doesn’t mind it at all. I think, though, I need something that also covers her nearly furless belly.

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