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I suspect I'm going to be disappointed due to both the time-lapse (my tastes have changed since high school), and there's just no way to create a satisfying ending to all that plot buildup (plus the original author died and the last few books had to be written from his notes). But I'm going to start at the beginning and re-read all the ones I've already read and then read for the first time the ones I haven't read yet because I stopped reading in the hopes of waiting until it was actually done to do the whole thing at once (binge-reading!).
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...but sadly he's mean and bite-y and aiding and abetting in child abduction-y.

The Ear, the Eye and the Arm by Nancy Farmer
fuzzybluemonkeys: I just read the most wonderful story about a beanstalk and an ogre and (oh really)
Just finished: Salem's Lot by Stephen King.

Next up: a continuation of the vampire theme with a reread of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's The Strain to refresh my memory before the first time read of its sequel The Fall.
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So on the one hand, I probably shouldn't go to the Library Book Sale tomorrow because I have plenty of books to read and reread and I shouldn't be adding more to my collection when I'll probably just be moving again come the end of July.

On the other [evil grasping Gollum] hand:
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Why is it that when I read fiction about a topic I'm interested in, I could read for days, but when I try to read non-fiction about a topic I'm interested in, I read for five minutes until... Bored Now: Kitty! And then I drag myself back and read some more until Bored Now: Internets! And it's not for lack of interest. I mean, the whole reason I took "Topics in American Book History" was wanting it to be about the structural and manufacturing processes of book production, but while there were hints of it throughout the course, the majority of it was cultural analysis of what does it all meeeeeeeeeaaaaaan? So, for my "Formal Essay" final writing project whatchamawhosit, I decided to do a research paper on the stuff I wanted from the course, so that I would actually get the information. And it is interesting! Like the switch from leather to cloth and casing-in versus binding on boards and changing it so that instead of one person binding the book start to finish, it's all assembly line tasks, so that they could hire less skilled workers on the cheap and eventually replace them with machines (who will eventually rise up and take over the earth!).
So here I am all, "I want to know this!" and my brain is just like, "Nope, naptime!"
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And what do I do with it? I get Battle: Los Angeles and Creature From The Black Lagoon. To be fair, I also got a book (I know, right? A book at a library... who knew?) of Ursula K. Le Guin short stories because I had seen a reference to "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas" and it sounded cool (like that Dr. Who ep where they're living on the tortured space whale). Anyway, the intro has a great bit which is explained by the rest of the intro, but is sorta extra funny out of context:
"Where do you get your ideas from, Ms. Le Guin?" From forgetting Dostoyevsky and reading road signs backwards, naturally. Where else?

So I watched the aliens try to colonize us movie on Thanksgiving Day, since it seemed appropriate. And! And! Michelle Rodriguez actually gets to be badass and spoiler )

And now for my SyFy Channel-less SyFy Saturday, I busted out Creature From The Black Lagoon and I gotta ask: Am I not supposed to be rooting for the Creature to kill them all? Cuz I was totally rooting for the Creature to kill them all. I mean, he's the title character, right? That makes him the protagonist. In other news: melodramatic music cues that were like actual dun-Dun-DUN!s-- seriously, the Creature's theme is like three notes of DOOM! Also: WTFRBOAS (What The Fuck Random Bat On A String)?
fuzzybluemonkeys: I just read the most wonderful story about a beanstalk and an ogre and (oh really)
So of course I forgot all about buying text books or else I might have tried ordering them earlier, so I could get them used.
Fortunately, only one of my classes even has books. Unfortunately, it has six. Five of which I managed to purchase at used book stores around town.

First stop: Murphy-Brookfield Books where I got Journeys in New Worlds: Early American Women's Narratives for $6.50 (as opposed to $17.95) and Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography for $15 (which isn't that much less than the $17.92, but my copy is a hardback from 1951* (and came with a book sleeve/case thingy) with like, marble paper on the covers and illustrations inside, so there).

*Which could get me in trouble since he said he wanted a specific edition, but the prof is my adviser, and based on what I know of him, I think I could be all Flaily Hands Book Nerd (which is honestly what happened) about it and he'd be okay.

Second stop: The Haunted Bookshop which is officially has the best book shopping experience because there is at least one cat in the store and zhe was adorable and let me pet zir. There I got Charlotte Temple for $3.95 (take that $17.54), Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man for 50 cents (only $2.50 new, but I saved a whole $2), and I got The Complete Poems and Stories of Edgar Allan Poe (as opposed to Selected Tales) for $20 (which in this instance is a splurge, but I get more stories for my buck and it's a two volume hardback set, and really, I could get a brand new so-called "perfect" (adhesive) binding and it would fall apart sooner than my 1982 hardbacks and they are prettier besides, and I mean really, it's Poe creeptasticness, what's not to love?)

So of course neither of them had the most expensive book that's also the one I need to have to do reading from in advance of Thursday's class and of course they only have one copy in the library and it's checked out and on hold, so it's too late to order it online and I'll have to pay full (almost $50!) price for Perspectives on American Book History. I hate paying full price.


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