Tuesday, January 02, 2007

This and that

I want to thank you guys for all the kind thoughts with the loss of Mittens and now Lana. It means a lot to check my email and see all sorts of people dropping in to pay their respects. I have tonnes of Lana pics, and I am calling the troops (aka the family) to acquire more. So, there will be lots of Lana moments until I run out of pics. I am still in shock, I think. I knew she wasn't going to come home today, but I still think I was hoping for a miracle. Everything just happened so fast, I am not sure I have totally digested everything.

In other news, I bought The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason today. I also bought a copy for my friend, because I am good at advertising and she has been telling me she wants to read more vampire-type books. Anyways, one copy I got through the internet, but the copy I got today recquired me to go to the store and locate it. It was not in the general fiction. I had to go to the romance section! Do not laugh, but I do not even think I have ever LOOKED at the romance section before. So, the person I was with was looking at me funny. Too bad they do not read, so my explanation fell on dead ears. Anyways, that was my adventures in getting this book. I plan to start it when I finish this post.

Also, I am a bit behind in my reviews. Okay, more than a bit. I am just going to do a big post with a brief summary and rating to finish off last year. I think I am going to rework my reviews so that I am more apt to not fall behind. But, since I seem to be having a bad week, just in case something else catastrophic decides to happen, there are two books that I have to mention that I read last year and did not review yet:

First up is Heat by George Monbiot. I thought this book was very eye-opening, it talks about global warming and what we have to do about it. The reason I was slow reviewing this book is that it is about a topic that I feel I would have to read more non-fiction books on in order to best rate how the book worked for me. I do not think I could give it a number value without reading other books pertaining to the same subject, which I plan to do. Anything about global warming is eye-opening, and I learned a lot about the subject, but I feel that I am too uneducated on the topic to give it justice without doing more research.

The other book is Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, the winner of the Giller. I am not big on short story collections, but I really enjoyed this one. I liked how the stories were interconnected and flowed together really well. I thought following the lives of four med students was a very good idea, and you see progression in characters, something that a short story collection does not always present. I would not give it a 5, but I would give it a 4.5. I STRONGLY recommend it. I cannot say he deserved to win the Giller, as I have not read all the other nominees, but I will say that I really enjoyed reading it and that for me, it was totally the best short story collection I have read to date. I will be looking for more books by him, as I believe he is working on a novel.

The reason I mentioned these two above all others is because they were from Random House, and I am very grateful for both of them. So, thank you Random House! I promise better reviews for all the books I read after, just have been disorganized lately.

To learn more about Colleen Gleason's book, click here and for more on Vincent Lam and George Monbiot's books, click here.


  1. Anonymous1:01 PM

    I really enjoyed Lam's book. It read less as a collection and more of a cohesive story to me so that may have been part of it.

  2. Anonymous2:44 PM

    Glad you're back with some reviews!

  3. Anonymous4:17 PM

    Kailana, I'm so sorry about Lana. Not a great way to start the year.

    Thank you so much for buying not one, but two, copies of my book! Even though you had to make a foray into the romance section, :-) I hope that you enjoy the read and your friend too!

  4. I'm so sorry to hear about Lana the Kity. They are such sweet animals aren't they? Even if they aren't sweet. I love cats and I'm so sorry you lost yours

  5. Oh, dear, Kailana, I just read your news. I'm so sorry. I had 2 boy cats who went at 18 years, and now I've got 2 sister cats who are 4. We love our kitties....


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