Wednesday, July 09, 2003

Exchange Program

Christina has a post up about To Say Nothing of The Dog, which I read last fall. She mentions our "exchange program" where she is reading a Hugo-award winning novel, and I read a Pulitzer-winning novel. I'm not sure when I'll read another Pulitzer-winning novel, as I think I'll pretend for a while that I learned everything I needed to know about serious fiction by reading one book.

That book would be The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. I enjoyed it quite a bit and particularly enjoyed the author's deft touches. One example was his writing style, which seemed to me overly punchy, until I realized it was evocative of the style of the Golden Age (late 30s, early 40s) comic books the two protoganists created.

It looks like since last fall I've read two other Hugo-award winning novels The Doomsday Book and A Fire Upon The Deep. To Say Nothing of the Dog is a sequel, in a loose sense, to The Doomsday book -- they share some minor characters and the setting. I didn't find it as enjoyable -- I don't think the author did as good of a job with the medieval setting as she did with the Victorian one.

So what next? It's probably time for another Hugo winner. I could read American Gods, last year's winner, about which I've heard good things. And I look forward to seeing which of this year's nominees gets the nod.

Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Fair Isle

Christina's parents now have a web site for their furniture company, Fair Isle, Inc..

Sunday, July 06, 2003

Sweepstakes Winner

My father won a year's supply of golf balls from the Golf Channel.