June 14th, 2014

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Rest and Relaxation Saturday...

Still tired. So we spent the day doing pretty much NOTHING to speak of. I should have spent time on the story I'm working on, but didn't. (sigh) Oh well.

We have been seeing some good movies! We watched "Non-Stop," with Liam Neeson. This got mixed reviews from critics, but Marilyn and I LOVED it! Very entertaining film that I highly recommend.

We also saw Stallone's "Bullet to the Head." Aside from enjoying Sylvester Stallone, we really liked Sung Kang as Detective Taylor Kwon. This, too, got mixed reviews, but we LOVED it, as well. Yep, I recommend seeing this movie, too. It helps to be an action/adventure fan -- as you all know I am. (smile)

Aside from watching TV, I spent a LOT (loads) of time SLEEPING today. And doing some Edits for Instagram and READING on my Kindle.

I finished one book. Here's the thing: I actually liked the writing. (And as you all know, I'm a very picky reader when it comes to writing quality!) But I won't recommend the author or the novel ("Legacy Code") -- and I will NEVER read anything by Autumn Kalquist again. It's a shame, really. I was enjoying the read, and was even interested in the Sci Fi theme (I haven't read much in the genre for many years). I cared about the people and the universe they lived in...

SPOILER ALERT!!!

But the novel ended with the husband dead (apparently) and the wife being killed (apparently) -- along with the baby she was carrying. While I suspect all three might actually be alive, I don't feel this ridiculous cliff-hanger was how any book should end. This wasn't a short story (which often end abruptly and without resolution). This was a novel. And I don't care if this was the author's method to get me to continue to read her series -- because if it was, it's a BAD method. Ultimately, I feel like I wasted my time reading this. I can't think of anything worse you can say about a book you've read, because my TIME is very valuable to me. Let's just say I would have preferred to be reading something less well-written that wrapped things up better.

On that note, I don't mind that the world has gone to book series. It makes perfect sense to me. And I read "Little Women," followed by "Little Men" when I was very young -- so there's a lot to be said for novels that continue the tale of characters you've become invested in. Nevertheless, I still feel a book should be able to stand alone. If you pick up book two or three, you should find out enough about the previous story to live without reading it! And if you only read book one, it should be a good story without the sequels.

Mary Stewart managed this so well with her Arthurian series. I love every single book, and I feel they ALL can stand entirely alone. Yes, there's much to be said for reading the entire series. But if I only ever read just one of the books, I'd be able to LOVE it without ever opening the other novels.

The same is also true for Jean M. Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear series (officially called the Earth's Children book series). And I could name many, many others. I'm a prolific reader (always have been), so naturally I've read a lot of series in my day.

But I've also been known to read ONLY ONE book in a given series, from time to time. And believe me, that one book needs to stand alone if I'm going to appreciate it -- or the author who wrote it.

Am I being old-fashioned by expecting books to have a good beginning and a good ending? If that's old-fashioned, then I guess I'll live with it! Because I feel pretty strongly about this subject. (Obviously! Hahaha.)

And authors don't have to listen to people like me, nor my expectations. Autumn Kalquist wasn't lacking for good reviews. The book only received a handful of negative reviews, which sounded a lot like my own, by the way. Hahaha. At least I wasn't the only one that found the ending odd... I guess what really bothers me is that this author has potential -- and that potential really doesn't need gimmicks, in my opinion.

Well, I think I'm off to bed soon. We need to go get pedicures tomorrow. But other than that I doubt we'll do much.

Resting this weekend will hopefully get us through next week -- there's a lot going on.

No, I haven't forgotten I keep promising PHOTOS of the festival. I just haven't found the energy (yet) to gather them. But I will!!!