Well, hello everyone! It was very nice to take a blogging break last week... I was able to catch up a little bit and even gather some ideas for weblog posts in the process.
I've also started reading a new book, discovered at the library last week. I'd heard good things about William Gibson's Pattern Recognition on the net and from my good friend Dan, so when I saw it on the new fiction rack I had to grab it.
In a nutshell, the story follows Cayce Pollard, a "cool hunter" who works for ad agencies to locate the "next cool thing" -- she's a pattern recognizer. Pollard also happens to have a side hobby of following segments of mysterious "footage" that appears regularly on the net with no clues as to who is shooting it, or why it's being released. As the story progresses, she's drawn to far off places and into odd situations as she searches for the meanings and maker of the footage.
Even halfway through the story, I can tell you that Pattern Recognition is an excellent read! I love Gibson's way of describing places, which at times seems to approach poetry. I get these wonderful travelogue-like snapshot images from his place descriptions, which makes the story seem all that more real. The characters are also very well done -- quirks and all. Overall, the story is very different and compelling.
The only downside: Pattern Recognition is new fiction, which makes it 7-day loan material. This means I've had to really keep a move on, reading before bed and choosing the book over football games on Sunday. Still, this is a good thing in my estimation, since it's become a real pleasure and joy to take a little time each day or an hour on a rainy Sunday afternoon, to read a bit more of the story.
So, once this book is completed I'll be sure to write a review in a little more depth and will probably invoke the excerpt function of Moveable Type so it won't be a spoiler for those yet to read the book.
As for other tidbits... I'm enjoying my French Press coffee maker each morning. I've told Mashby, who turned me back on to French Press coffee, that I now feel like a coffee snob... drip coffee just doesn't have the same draw after rich press coffee. I plan to have a more detailed post on that this week.
I'm counting the days until the film Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King (ROTK) is released. I'm 3/4 of the way through ROTK in book form and can't wait until that film is released December 17th. In fact, if you don't mind a few potential spoilers, here's the official ROTK Quicktime trailer courtesy of my LOTR-loving friend, Andy. WOW!!
Anyway, I've enjoyed my break, which has actually made coming back even sweeter. This weekend I was looking forward to cranking out posts again. I even have a few new post ideas up my sleeve following my little hiatus. :-)