Someone’s calendar is totally busted. Haha. I should have posted this yesterday, but well, I forgot. Yes, I don’t have any other excuse except for my totally unreliable memory. That, and of course, Typhoon Yolanda and its devastating aftermath in the country have been occupying my mind the past few days. Help has been coming in from other countries, not to mention the relief operations organized by Filipinos themselves. I have been praying for hope and unity in this time of testing, and for our leaders to have the wisdom and the courage to do what needs to be done to selflessly help those who were affected by this calamity.
Intermittent — that’s what my reading is for most of the time that I get to read the books on my list for this month. I can only snatch a chapter or two before the baby screams for my attention again. It’s a good thing that I am reading short stories: Paul Auster’s The New York Trilogy and Eliza Victoria’s A Bottle of Storm Clouds, so it’s not that difficult to follow the story despite of the “disturbances”.
The New York Trilogy, which is our book club’s book of the month, is engaging. I have already finished City of Glass which is the first story in the trilogy, and I must admit that I find the ending quite perplexing. It isn’t the first time that I have encountered a book that uses the author’s name as one of the characters (i.e. Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything is Illuminated) but I always think it quite narcissistic (haha) for an author to do that. Not to mention that I tend to get confused (haha). I had to stop for a while in order to process my thoughts before I read the second story which I plan to read this week. I don’t know what to expect of the second story. Will there be another Paul Auster?
A Bottle of Storm Clouds is a revelation. So far, I have read the first 7 out of the 16 stories, and already I am in love with Eliza Victoria’s writing. I have a new favorite local author! 🙂 The stories are all spooky and out-of-this-world baffling, very Neil Gaiman-ish, I would venture to add, and even though I am not an avid fan of speculative fiction, I am finding the stories very enjoyable to read. Just like with The New York Trilogy, I am also taking breaks in between stories to let my mind process the details (chicken feet? a bottle of storm clouds? fleshies?) I already have a couple of favorites and I expect that I will love more stories as I finish this collection.
I hope I’d be able to go back to A Storm of Swords before the year ends. Somehow, I find my interest waning because of all those numerous characters that I have to remember. And it doesn’t help that I am still too far away from ending. I just hope my interest picks up again.
See you next Wednesday? I hope I won’t forget this time. 🙂