Decisions, decisions…

So I finished reading Book 7 of The Walking Dead (hardcover edition) and that brings me to the end of issue 84. All I can say is, “Oh my god. CARL!!!” (I’m totally not giving away what happens here; just that something happens.)

What an intense read. Those last 20 pages or so… Wow. You think everything is relatively calm since the group has found safety in an inhabited gated community, but you just know something bad is coming.

I noticed that the six-issue trade paperback, which contains issues 85-90, came out on December 27. I’m so tempted to buy it, but that goes against my collecting the 12-issue hardcover editions.

And now I’m debating whether to begin reading the new Stephen King book, 11/22/63, which is about a man who goes back in time to stop the assassination of JFK, or start The Girl Who Played with Fire. I know that I will not be able to put either of them down once I begin, and all chores will be avoided.

Buffy Season 9

Buffy Season 9 has been out since September, and while my plan was to wait until Dark Horse published the trade paperback, I couldn’t stop myself from buying the first single issue last week. (I really did go to Silver Snail to buy presents for Trevor!)

Anyway, it was great! Like I mentioned in a previous post, I almost gave up on Buffy Season 8 as I felt the story had gone totally off the rails, but Whedon managed to reign it back in with the last two issues, and I’m happy to see that Season 9 begins in the same vein.

And here’s a little Buffy cross-stitch I did for a friend’s Christmas present. I can’t take credit for the pattern, though; this genius belongs to weelittlestitches.

The Marriage Plot

I’m currently reading a hardcover edition of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom. I’m enjoying the story, but finding it’s not one of those books that I’m dying to get back to every time I put it down. On the other hand, I started The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (on my Kobo on the subway as I headed to CBC) and cannot put it down. Well, except to write this short entry.

From npr.org:

The Marriage Plot involves a romantic triangle among three college students. Madeleine is an ambitious English major studying semiotics. Mitchell is a religious scholar from Detroit who travels to India to work with Mother Teresa; and Leonard is a brilliant philosophy student and a manic-depressive. All three are about to graduate from Brown University in 1982.

The problem is that I should be finishing Freedom because it’s due at the library tomorrow, but Eugenides has me hooked.

Neglect

Oh, what a neglectful blog writer I’ve been… Work ramped up (from three different directions!) and this blog was the first hobby to go. Bad Tara!

Anyway, just wanted to say I flew through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo last week. A totally addictive read. I now understand what everyone was talking about. Must get my hands on the next couple of books. Lots of dialogue, little extraneous description. And the character of Salander is enticing. Razor sharp, aloof, sensitive, cold, downright lethal at times. I’m excited to see how she’s portrayed in the film version.

Also read The Privileges. Set in New York, and centred on a couple who marry and have children young, it explores the lifestyle of the privileged. How much money is enough? What are you willing to do to ensure your family has the best of everything? What does that last sentence even mean?

And now I will finally get to Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. It’s been a long-time coming.