[This post was typed up in October, but I haven’t got round to posting it. Some of the things that I say in it are out-of-date by now, but I’m leaving the post as it was written. I’ll add the amendments at the bottom and maybe elaborate in a subsequent post.]
September threw up an unexpected surprise, as well as an unexpected sadness. I was going to do a separate post on both of these at the time, but didn’t get chance to, and it seems a tad pointless now. Anyhoo.
*** Library book sale
Now the sad news. All of the books in the first picture were from Webberley’s, which we learnt over the summer is to close in the new year. Webberley’s is the only independent book shop in the city that sells new books (we have several second hand bookshops), and so will be a big, big loss to the city when it closes. On the plus side, there may be another sale… No, I think I’d prefer to have the bookshop still open rather than a few more bargains.
However, some good news that I wasn’t expecting this month. I knew that following the publication of ‘Autobiography’, Morrissey was working on his first novel. However, I only learnt on about the 21st that this was to be published on the 24th, so we rushed to Amazon to place an order. Yes, I know we should have gone to an independent bookshop (or at least Waterstones), but… we can be fickle. I read a few reviews of this on the day it came out, and was slightly surprised that they were so negative. I’d expected there would be some that were less-than-glowing (coz, hey, it’s Moz, and the British press love to hate him just because he is), but was shocked by just how scathing they were. This has coloured my opinion somewhat even before I read it, which I wish it hadn’t. I want to be impartial, or at least not be negatively influenced from the outset. We’ll just have to wait and see.
[Since this post was originally written, Webberley’s has closed (mid-Jan.), and I read ‘List of the Lost’ (Nov?). Despite the rather unnatural dialogue, I didn’t think it was that bad. There are some wonderful turns of phrase in it, and the ending is actually quite shocking, even if the plot is a tad odd. I do hope he writes more, even if it is just to write a novel that is on the same level as the sublime ‘Autobiography’. I’ll do a full review eventually, but will definitely re-read it, as there are things to pull out of it with repeated readings.]
Well, we’re nearly a month into the new year, and I can honestly say that it’s been fairly shitty so far. I didn’t make any resolutions in a drunken haze this new year, as my wife and I thought instead it would be better to just be more general, and aim as a family to actually make something of this year, and to not sit back and let life just pass us by. Embrace an American, anything-is-possible attitude rather than being reserved and English and a little bit timid. However, before we’d even really got it into our heads that it was January and no-longer 2015, things started going tits up. Not going into it too much, but we had a family bereavement, I had the after-effects of the tragedy from just before Christmas, and other things started going generally quite shit. So I apologise for the lack of blog posts this month. I will rectify this soon. I’ve still got a new books post to put up from September, plus a big ‘un for October-December, and some sad news about independent bookshops, which I will do soon. I promise. Reviews, I’m not so sure about. Archaeology may make a reappearance, too. About time if it did. One good thing is that I’ve got back into reading more lately, and am ploughing through my ‘to read’ pile at a steady rate- even if this does mean more things to never get round to reviewing.
Anyway, for now I think I’ll hit the bottle and get rat arsed. Oh wait. It’s work tomorrow. Maybe another night. I’ll settle for another post or two and a few more chapters…
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