After long attempts at reading, I've dumped a couple of books the last few days. As many who read this journal know, I don't make dumping books a habit.
First, I had been trying for some time to read a novel given me as a going-away gift when a fellow I worked with at Friendly Hills Medical Group moved on to Kaiser. It was Arrowsmith
by Sinclair Lewis. I've been trying to read it now for over 5 years, and finally gave up. I have said before that I have to find something of interest in the characters to bother taking the time to read books, unless the book is non-fiction. In this case, I just didn't click with the main character, a medical student from the era before antibiotics.
The second dumped book is Beggars and Choosers
, which was given to us long ago at an SF convention by our friend David G., who now lives in Atlanta. I think it was a WorldCon, and David had purchased the book there, gotten it signed, and read it, and decided not to keep it. I can see why. It is part of a series, and it just didn't spark me at all. So now we have a collectible item that I go "eh!" to.
Last night, axelicious
and his fiancee (sp?) Liz came over for steaks, and they brought me my Hanukkah gift from my beloved forestcats
, a PlayStation 2. The item just isn't available out this way, due to shipping problems; Sony ships to the local stores a small number, and the locals buy them up in a matter of minutes. Anyway, we set it up, and then he and I got deeply involved in a game of Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance. Nice. I really appreciate that they helped forestcats
out with this. It should be delightful...
Here's hoping that Leah has a fantastic birthday...