What's Going On Here?

There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Plowing Through...

"You haven't read The Stand?"
"OMG.  You HAVE to read The Stand!"
"You will LOVE The Stand!"
"The Stand is the best. book. ever."
If you are new to reading this blog (no one reads this blog, so that is kind of a silly thing to say) BUT if you do happen to be new to reading this blog and read my thoughts on David Levithan and The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily and now you are still with me on this little mid-way (don't think I am even mid-way) blather about The Stand, you are probably thinking I am very cranky and I judge books unfairly because I allow my personal feeling about the author to color how I feel about the book.  Not that I KNOW these authors, but from what I have read about them, or read by them or what I have seen them say on tv, or heard them say on the radio, or the correspondence I have had with them.  Maybe that is true.  That is why I tend to open up old wounds by going on and on and on about how David Levithan hates fat people and Stephen King is like that Dickens myth and must get paid by the word and then has the audacity to criticize other authors.   And then I drum out the story from my college professor who went to college with Stephen King and said he was just a mean, nasty dude. So yes, I don't have warm feelings for Stephen King, but I have loved 'Salem's Lot and Night Shift and The Eyes of the Dragon and The Mist and really loved Everything's Eventual
I didn't know that this audio edition of The Stand was the "complete and uncut" version.  It's 1153 pages.  I never would have started it had I know that.  But the thing is, I am sucked in now.  So that does mean that this story is good!  But the thing is, I wonder if I would have enjoyed the first version more because there does seem to be a lot of unnecessary stuff in here.  And a lot of the relationships are the same.  But I am still plowing through!  I am on part 15 of the 37 part audiobook.  Wow.  A lot of The Stand lies ahead of me.  At least with the download I can listen to it in double time.  I kinda wish I had bought it on audible and then I could do it in triple time, but I will continue!  
So that is why I haven't finished a book in awhile!  

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