In the Throes of Monday

Ever have one of those days where you think you have all this time to get things done and suddenly it is the end of the day and you’ve only accomplished one thing? Today was like that for me. I am working on the reference desk tonight and it is finals time for our students, so I am sure I will get at least one person in here frantically trying to find articles for a paper due tomorrow. *sigh*

I am currently reading George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones. (BTW, when did Amazon change their color scheme?) It was recommended to me by my neighbor, whose name is Martin (haha), whom I always seem to visit after a few beers at happy hour. What is better than nerd talk over drinks with a friend? Nothing, really. This recommendation was brought to me by the same guy who turned me on to Pocket PCs. Game of Thrones is a behemoth of a fantasy novel. I am only on page 183 out of 807, but so far I have been captivated. I like the way Martin follows different characters to tell the story. Some characters you meet rarely and some appear again and again. It makes it interesting and varies the story. The plot is detailed and the writing wonderful. I have been trying to figure out ways to get out of work to read today. Alas, I was only able to steal time while I ate lunch.

–Jane, needs to read some articles for work

2 thoughts on “In the Throes of Monday

  • May 3, 2005 at 9:34 am
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    OOH! I was up til 1 last night reading book three of the series — A Storm of Swords. It’s a great story that he’s telling, and my only warning about it is this: Don’t expect warm fuzzies. EVER.

    But I particularly like the way Martin writes all the characters, ‘good’ or ‘bad’, as human beings who do things to serve their own ends, who make stupid decisions, and who succeed and fail regardless of why they made the choices they made. Very gray, rather than black and white.

    I’m just afraid that, like Robert Jordan, Martin’s going to write the series that never ends…

    And I think Amazon changed the colors yesterday; it wasn’t like that last week!

  • May 3, 2005 at 1:02 pm
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    I appreciate that it is not all warm fuzzies because it seems more true to life if things go awry. I do like that even the “bad” guys’ decisions make sense. Martin’s ability to make the dark grey normal reminds me of John Irving’s ability to make the completely crazy sane.

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