One advantage to driving 7 hours a day, with only 1 real interruption, is that I get a lot of audiobooks listened to. I managed to plow through 8 books this month, 3 of them read, 5 audiobooked. I think this has been the month with the most duds. I rated 6 books at a 3 on Goodreads, which meant I enjoyed them, but I didn’t love them. One book was a 1, because I thought it was terrible, and one a 4, because it surprised me with how good it was.
Sandry’s Book (Circle of Magic Book 1) – Tamora Pierce
I can’t say if the accident rate for big trucks is the same as for cars, but I do know when you’re piloting something that’s 75 feet long, hitting things, or going where you’re not supposed to happens. I don’t have a hunge number of accident or damage photos, because generally when I saw other trucks getting damaged, or in a ditch, I was driving. Whipping out a phone then isn’t a nice time. And to be fair, often I was in shitty conditions, so a phone in hand is a bad, bad idea.
That being said, I have come across a few pictures of damage that might be interesting. None of these are damage I was involved in. They were all in my old yard, before my company was absorbed, and yes, I did call and check on all the damage, or report it if necessary.
The Last Unicorn – Peter S Beagle
The movie of this book is one of my favorites, and the book is one of my favorites as well. I read it in high school, and try to revisit it from time to time. It tells the story of the last unicorn in the world, one who lives in a lilac wood, and finds out through hunters that she is the last. She sets off to find the others, and picks up a bumbling magician named Schmendrick and a woman named Molly Grue.
What I love about this book is it’s beautifully written. Beagle is a wizard not only with words, but with characters. They know they’re in a fairy tale, and they know how things are supposed to go. Even the small characters matter, and Beagle writes them in ways that don’t make them boring or cookie cutter. There’s a tree that falls in love with Schmendrick, and watchman of Haggard’s castle that have their own personalities. And the descriptions are beautiful!
I’ve amassed a collection of photos of stuff from traveling all over the United States, and I though I may as well share some photos now and again. It’ll break up the monotony of books, right?
Pet and I were in Pennsylvania, at a truck stop, and we didn’t want to eat there. There was King’s across the street, which is not a restaurant we have out here. So we went, had a good lunch, and discovered these guys. They’re called frownies, and that day all our loads were screwed up, so we bought a container. I’ve always wanted to stop and see these dinos, out in Cabezon, but we’d usually go through too late or early to stop. One night we ate at the casino down the road, and decided to hit up the dinos before we went into east, towards Missouri.
This is a swap on Swap Bot, so I thought I’d go ahead and make it a post as well. Why not? It’s questions centered around what I read in 2014. I already posted about my reading goals of 2014, so some of this might be a re-read, if you read that post.
2014 Reading stats:
78 books read
Fantasy most common genre, followed by YA
Longest book: Cress, 550 pages
Shortest book: The Laundry Dragons, 24 pages
Well, 2014 has blown past, and I have to say, it was not as bad a year as 2013. I can’t say it was a fantastic year, but it really could have been worse. I thought I’d recap my 2014 reading goals.
Originally I’d done them as part of a swap, but when people stopped signing up, I just kept the goals for myself. I probably didn’t pay as much attention to them as I could have, given that I wasn’t reporting to anyone, but I still kept them in my thoughts.
#1 – Read 60 Books
So I thought that December would be a better month than November for reading. I was wrong. Three books was all I managed, and the third one was only because I knuckled down on the 30th and read the last 100 pages. I had one I thought I’d finish, but I’ve been off work since Christmas Eve, either because we have no work, or because I’ve been sick.
Competitions –Sharon Green
Book 2 of the 5 part series. In a world where everyone has a magical talent in one of five aspects: air, fire, water, earth, and spirit, those with the highest talents are brought together to be tested and trained. Every 25 years, a major competition is held, and groups made up of one of each talent compete. The winners are crowned the rulers of the country for the next 25 years.
November was a busy month. I left on the 4th for Blizzcon, held in Anaheim, California, and didn’t get back until the 13th. Thanksgiving was always a busy time, along with having family come down the weekend after. And, since I haul refigerated freight, October through December is always super busy delivering to grocery stores.
As a result, I only managed 2 books in November: Convergence by Sharon Green, and A Matter of Honor by Sally Malcom. Both were for other swaps on Swap Bot.
Convergence – Sharon Green
Starship Troopers – Robert A Heinlein
I’ve wanted to read Starship Troopers for a while. When the movie came out in 1997, I wasn’t interested in seeing it because I kept hearing it described as “Starship Bloopers.” In fact, when it was on television about 8 years later, it took 2 people to convince me what I was watching was not a parody, but the actual movie.
So I recently knuckled down and got the audiobook. What I found was an enjoyable listen, and not all that like the movie. I will say though, I agree with the people who say the book has aged okay, but not that well. In the book, Johnnie uses swell to describe things that are good, a lot. Also, the women don’t fight alongside the men, like they do in the movie, but instead only pilot ships.
I came across this gem on the Huffington Post today. It’s a short video, but if you want to skip the unimportant parts, skip ahead to the 0:30 mark.
There’s apparently some arguments (on the Internet, who would have imagined?!) that the crow is actually saying “Thank you.” Given that this video was taken at a DMV, I think it’s possible for that to be the alternative. However, since it was taken at a DMV, I’m far more likely to think it learned “Fuck you.” from the disgruntled people leaving the DMV.
What do you think? Thank you or Fuck you?