rejectomorph (flying_blind) wrote,

Another Book Day

It's gone past midnight again, and I didn't notice. The older I get, the harder it is to keep track of time, especially by night. During the day the movement of the sun, when I can see it, reminds me that time is wearing on, but by night there is only darkness or unmoving artificial light. Wednesday it was somewhat overcast, so the sun's movement was easier to miss, but I still managed to get out of the apartment before nightfall. I went to the Goodwill store and found three books. One is a thick anthology of Agatha Christie short stories, some of which I already have in othe rvolumes, but still there are about five hundred pages of things I didn't have yet.

Another is Kevin Starr's Americans and the California Dream 1850-1915, a scholarly history originally published by Oxford University Press in 1973. I checked this book out of the library not long after it came out, but I've never owned a copy before. The copy I bought today has an odd stain on the edge of the fifty last pages or so, and I'm going to pretend it's coffee, though I don't know what it really is. I didn't let it dissuade me from buying the book, as it is a really good book and the copy is otherwise in very good condition.

The third book is the last work by the novelist Gary Jennings, two of whose books I had copies of, but I was unaware of this one, which is called Aztec Rage. It appears to have been incomplete at the time of his death in 1999, and was later completed by two of his colleagues; Robert Gleason, Jennings' long-time editor, and Junius Podrug, another novelist. His literary reputation is not great, but I found both of the other novels I read quite entertaining, and if I ever get around to reading this one I expect I'll enjoy it as well.

It might start raining later tonight, and probably will rain tomorrow (I mean today) as well, and it's going to get colder. There could also be rain Saturday, and the long range forecast currently shows a 40%-60% chance of showers starting Monday and continuing all next week. I certainly hope that changes, as I don't fancy being stuck indoors that long, or taking the risk of getting soaked if I go out in between showers (I should probably make an effort to get to a bus-accessible store on Friday, just in case I can't get to shop later.) But if I do get stuck indoors at least I'll have loads of stuff to read.

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