It has been raining in my little corner of Texas for weeks. I am not complaining. Rain makes excellent nap/reading weather. Plus, I don’t have to haul out the muddy hose to water the flower beds, AND the 90 degree heat is a bit more bearable. However, the gray skies and abundance of mosquitos are somewhat tiresome. I am completing one summer session today and getting ready for the next. Monday the library was closed for the July 4th holiday, so Tuesday I made my way over and checked out 5 books, 2 audiobooks, and two seasons of Boston Legal. I’m on a television episode streak. Last month it was Arrested Development. This month, it’s James Spader and William Shatner. Funny stuff.
So, what books did I get? All the ones above, plus a dog-training book by Cesar Millan. (My Yorkie is extremely well behaved but has separation issues. She totally flips out when I come home.) I’ve already finished The Catnappers by Wodehouse and The Map of True Places by Barry. I’ll post reviews in the next few days. Both were excellent for totally different reasons. Next on my list is Blue-Eyed Devil by Robert Parker, who died a couple of months ago. Aside from his mysteries, which are sometimes a bit too stereotypical, he wrote a series of Western novels featuring Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch. “Westerns?” you may say, with an upturned nose. I know. I’m no Louis L’amour fan, but Parker’s characters are enjoyable, and the relationship between them is really interesting. They have worked together so long, they can intuit the other’s meanings and intentions without speaking, and Parker really portrays this well. I saw this book on the New Arrivals shelf and was shocked as I wasn’t aware of it. It was published posthumously, and it was this series I was most sad of losing. I really don’t want to start it because I don’t want to finish it. Ah, the endless reader’s conundrum.
The Gabaldon is pretty darn hefty, but as I’ve read all the other books and her new book is coming out this fall, I figured I should delve into it. I thought about getting the audiobook version as I grabbed two other audiobooks, but the run time on it is 30 hours. THIRTY HOURS. I don’t think so. I hope it doesn’t take me 30 hours to read it. Have any of you ever had an audiobook with an insane run time? I guess maybe for really long road trips? What say you?