Sometimes I hate reading.

Not because I actually hate it, but because I am such a glutton. If I am reading something both new and good, I can’t stop until it’s over. Literally. Even if it means staying up all night to finish and going through the next day in semi-coma. I try to pace myself and only read for a sane amount of time, but it doesn’t work. I either end up looking at the clock guiltily (3 in the morning? I’ll just read for another hour, then go to bed) or I attempt to go to bed and end up being unable to sleep because I. Just. Want. To. Keep. Reading.

This is my long way of saying that I recently endured a bout of sleeplessness over a new book, Persephone’s Orchard by Molly Ringle. And it was good, which is why I looked at the clock every hour and promised myself “just one more hour,” until suddenly it was 6:30 in the morning and I had to stumble around like a zombie for a day. Oh well. At least I finished the book!

Molly Ringle is always awesome but this book is my new favorite. It’s a sort of modern-day spin on Greek mythology, which could have been a bad thing but wasn’t. It nicely managed to avoid being sickening or contrived in the manner of other current books I could mention but won’t. Because I’m polite.

I’ve always loved the Greek myths but one of my least favorites has always been that of Persephone and Hades. You probably already know the story, so I’m not going to rehash it. Suffice it to say, kidnap/rape stories are not really my kind of thing, so I was a bit dubious at reading a story where Hades is the hero. However, Persephone’s Orchard manages to re-tell the story that everyone probably knows in an entirely new way, and does it well (and without any rape! Huzzah!) Again, it had the potential to fail horribly by being too sappy about the love between Persephone and Hades, but the book manages to avoid that, too. It tells a familiar story from a new angle, and does it in a way that is actually believable. Hades is the hero of the story. Best of all, it doesn’t put Demeter in a bad light either, which seems almost impossible if you want to believe that Hades is the good guy. They are both good.

The only bad thing about the book? It’s part of a series. I told you I was a glutton, right? I need the next book, now! Although, if I had the second book, I would have just kept on reading until my eyes incinerated, so it’s probably a good thing that I had to stop.

Sometimes I love reading.

It's been quite a while since my last post...

for no particular reason at all. I have been lurking around on LJ but nothing newsworthy has happened lately. I have a new job at my university, and classes start next week. Actually I am at work right now and my coworker and I haven't done anything productive all day. Did I mention I love this job? :) I wish a certain LJ friend would post a new story featuring my favorite stuffed rabbit...that would give me something fun to do until I get off work...hint hint. :)

So hello to all my livejournal friends, how have all of you been lately?

Stars Fall

I had tickets to Game 5 yesterday, and although we lost in overtime, the Stars went down fighting. It was a great game, thanks to Marty Turco.

It's going to be a long summer without my Stars. :(
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