Monday, May 19, 2008

All Wrapped Up

This past weekend I set to work on a book I started reading last summer. I bought it to take on my trip to Japan, and have been slowly pecking away at it until this past weekend, when I attacked it full force. Tonight I just put the damn thing to bed.

The Stand

Last summer a friend recommended Stephen King's The Stand as an easy read for a vacation. I rushed right out and bought it in all of it's unabridged, re-released splendor. That splendor spanned more than 1100 thinner than air pages, that seemed to have negative thickness as I slowly plodded through the story.

I would spend hours at a time reading, taking on the experiences of the characters as if I were right there with them. I would celebrate their victories and share in their defeats, and when the afternoon was over - SHIT, that's as far as I got?!? 1/32"? Four hours for 1/32 of an inch!?!

Well, this past weekend I put a 300 page hurting on that book. Tonight I sat down with it hoping to make another dent in the paltry 200-ish pages I had left. As the hours rolled by I found myself unable to set the book down until I finally turned the last page. I wanted to read the little blip about the author but fuck that shit, I had enough. Plus it's not like Stephen King is some obscure author that I can learn about and then tell others.

Now, I'm creeped the hell out. At 11:45PM I went out to get my clothes from the clothes line when an ant stepped on a leaf and I almost crapped my pants. A little on edge? Methinks so.

And now I shall try to sleep.

Over and Out,
Old Coot


-eric said...

I just got done reading 'The Stand' a couple of months ago - great book! Anyone looking for a good book to read I highly recommend this one.

I'd just about forgotten how creepy that Randall Flagg dude was. Now I'll probably run for my life the next time a crow looks at me; thanks a lot Old Coot.

Abbey said...

You just finished The Stand?? Wow. Now I want to read it.

Randall Flagg, you say, eh? Anybody with double consonants in their name sounds creepy as hell.

-Abbey Jeanne Howell

Abbey said...

By the dub, and speaking of Japan, if you're looking for another long page-turner, check out "Shogun." I finished it a month or so ago, and I really liked it. Of course, it was fun for me since I live here, but I thought it was a great book, in spite of the love interest.

Poundpapi said...

plus, write another entry.

"Something inside of me just said 'Hey, wait a minute, I want to beat him.' and I just took off." -Pre