The Gull Reef Club

7/25/2009

Summer Reading

Filed under: — Jaime @ 4:36 pm

There’s probably been a little too much death-talk here at the Gull Reef Club. I’ll try to lighten things up a bit by sharing some of my summer reading.

First up, was Stephen King’s The Shining. Too many dilettantes like to mock King as being an airport store author. Perhaps he may be. Yet, there’s a reason this book is practically a classic. It really was that good. Plus, of course, it’s better than the movie, which also was quite good. For reference, there were no lines in the book that read, “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy” – completely a movie flourish.

It’s funny I chose to read this book during the hot, balmy Savannah summer. One of the critical aspects of this story was the season – the dead of winter, at the top of the Rockies. It really couldn’t be more remote from my own reality. I’d certainly recommend this one to all of my Beachcombers.

The other book I’ve indulged in this summer, so far, was Rebecca Wells’ Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Male Beachcombers, you can stop reading now, I’m sure none of this will interest you. This really was a chick-book. I didn’t think I’d like it merely because of that fact, but I actually somewhat enjoyed it. It wasn’t great by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, there were a few parts that I just skimmed (the whole elephant fake-adventure, for example). The story could have also done without the whole Sidda-as-a-spoiled-brat-adult storyline and merely focused on the youth, then maturity, of the Ya-Yas. They were the best part of this book.

Now, I’m trying to make my way through Tom Clancy’s The Cardinal of the Kremlin. I’m having a difficult time of it. If the Ya-Ya Sisterhood was a chick-book, The Cardinal is a dude-book. A little too much dude for my liking. I find myself skimming over the ridiculously detailed descriptions of cold-war era military operations and equipment. I really don’t give a hoot, and I suspect it has little to do with the storyline as a whole. I’ll keep working my way through it though. I’m hoping for some sort of adventure to spring up eventually.

Alright, so there you go. A post without death. Until next time!

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