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October 13, 2009

So..I’ve recently finished reading two books: The Preservationist by David Maine, for this month’s book club (yeeha! Waaay ahead of time!) and Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins, just for me. Both were humorous, interesting reads. The first book fleshes out what exactly Noah and his crew had to do to get the ark built, gather up the animals, float around for all that time, etc. Interesting piece of fiction – sort of a fun thought experiment – although, for me, it raised as many questions as it potentially answered. The first such question being, Noah’s three son’s and their wives, and two adopted children supposedly repopulated the world. Talk about your mostly close relatives. And Ham, who gets exiled, was of course, also the most fun and the most human character.

Noah was a cranky old git, who was high and mighty on his relationship with God, and I wanted to kick him in his shin more than once.

As for Jitterbug Perfume, it was, well…odd. But fun. This was also a thought experiment on immortality, and the senses and world history. With a smattering of Paris, New Orleans, and Seattle thrown in for good measure. Oh yeah..and PERFUME. And PAN! It was a fun book – not difficult to read, and it kept me amsused/bemused/intrigued/interested. Best thing I ever read? Nah. Would I recommend it? Not to everyone – only to those who don’t get easily annoyed when they read, and who have a taste for the fanciful.

Also, E and I have been watching TrueBlood, Season 1, on DVD. At first I wasn’t sure what I thought of it, but now that we are almost through season 1, I have to say I like it. I like it alot. It’s the story about Vampires becoming “mainstreamed” into human society after the invention of readily available synthetic blood. They are out of the coffin and looking to get civil rights (very parallel to civil rights for blacks/glbt, women, etc.) The characters are amusing, and the story lines are pretty intriguing. It keeps my attention (and I can have a mosquito length attention span sometimes)! But you should be forewarned – it’s got some elements of soft porn and loads of cussing – so if nudity, blood, sex, and serious cussing offends you, don’t bother. Otherwise, welcome to the bayou!

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  1. October 13, 2009 9:01 pm

    Ahem. I LOVE Tom Robbins. I own and have read Jitterbug Perfume, Skinny Legs and All, and Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates. (Skinny Legs is my favorite.) All his books are odd and fanciful and, umm, odd. 😀 But I love ’em. You might enjoy Christopher Moore too. I’d recommend “Lamb.”

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      October 14, 2009 7:05 am

      I would definitely read another book by Robbins, and Moore’s Lamb is one of my favorite books EVAH! Love love love that book!

  2. October 24, 2009 10:31 pm

    Try Timothy Findley’s *Not Wanted on the Voyage*. A most quirky (and astonishing) take on the voyage of the Ark.

    (One of the central characters is a housecat. — did you know that Noah had a housecat? — You will be giddy with relief to know that there was no mention [re: your “Eeew” post] of feline upchucks anywhere in the book.)


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