Hello again, friends and readers. And about Thing One and Thing Two….
Here’s Thing One–Since I first began blogging on July 4 (no significance intended; I wasn’t in revolution against anything in particular), I’ve been turning out slightly over a post a day if you average it all out. My mind is aswim, of course, with all the good books and essays that still remain to be written upon. Still, my thinking processes are also bogged down with what to say, as I ask myself how I remember the writing best from when I first encountered it, and try to compare that with how I feel now about the same material. For, I think we have relationships with books the same way we do with people, or almost. Just to support that contention, perhaps weakly, what about that friend or relative who’s been divorced from someone for 15 years or so, and yet who can still only dish about that one relationship, as if nothing else matters? That relationship and divorce is clearly the “novel of life” they’re hooked on. And whether we want to hear it or not, they go over it and over it and over it, still looking for clues as to what makes the other person tick. There are books too which don’t give up their secrets easily, and which continue to tantalize: they’re just a lot more fun than a worn-out relationship, though I suppose we have to hope we can all learn both from books and from life, eventually.
So–and here’s Thing Two–since I’ve been writing and have written a little more than a blog a day (only about 4 of my topics previous to this one are non-literary), I feel that today I need a break from literature, to look around me, to (above all!) read and review more books. Thus, without much–or at least extended–apology, I’m going to take today off, while I read some more of Daniel Heath Justice’s gripping fantasy novel trilogy The Way of Thorn and Thunder: The Kynship Chronicles. Though it may be a while before I will be able to do a review of this hefty read (and already, just 3 chapters in, I can tell that it’s one of those books you can’t help but read in large chunks because you just can’t set it aside), I hope to share it with you before October sometime. Better yet, get a copy and read along: the trilogy is available in its revised edition as a single volume from Amazon.com. I promise, you won’t be disappointed. It may be available on Kindle as well (I don’t currently have a Kindle), and I read on Google that it is available online. Daniel Heath Justice is originally from Colorado, but is now a Canadian citizen and is a member of the Cherokee Nation. Most recently, he has taught Aboriginal literatures at the University of Toronto, and is going on to the University of British Columbia. To follow his insights about Aboriginal literature and such modern related movie topics as “Avatar,” just Google his name–there’s plenty there to keep an avid reader busy.
And this is my blog for today. Keep reading, and please pass along any comments, questions, or recommendations for reading that you would like to share. I hope to have another post up tomorrow or Monday (today’s Saturday in my part of the world).