It's been a mixed bag this weekend, rain, sun, wind, a little bit of everything. Sunny at the moment. The Blue Jays have had a pretty good weekend, clobbering the Red Sox Sat and Sun. They had Friday's game in the bag, it seemed, but the bullpen let them down. I hope they beat the Sox again in the 4th game tomorrow. A nice winning streak would be great. It's definitely an exciting team; 5 home runs from the kids yesterday and 8 more today. And that's without Stringer in the line-up. Imagine..
I've finished one book since my last update, 3 in June. For the most part I'm enjoying my books for June, except Flash for Freedom. The portrayal of the slave trade is graphic and distressing. I think I should finish it, but it'll be difficult. Anyway, I'll provide my book review for the book I've completed and also the synopsis of the next book in line. I'll also continue with my look at Women authors, whose books I'm enjoying.
"Two words to describe Laughing Gas (1936) by English humorist P.G. Wodehouse; light fluff. Don't expect anything earth shattering or deep, it's an early version of Freaky Friday.
The 3rd Earl of Havershot, one Reggie Havershot, is sent by his family to Hollywood to stop cousin Egremont, Eggy, from marrying an American lady. So off toodles good old Reggie. It turns out that Eggy's betrothed is none other than Reggie's previous love, Ann Bannister. Reggie had blown his proposal to Ann in Cannes. One other thing, Reggie meets actress April June while on the train across country to LA and falls for her. He is warned of April by many people (she's a pill) but can't accept their warnings.
While at a party at April's house, Reggie's tooth bothers him so he goes to the dentist where he meets child actor Joey Cooley. While they are both put under by laughing gas, something happens, their spirits cross paths and they wake up in each other's bodies. And that is the story and what follows are Reggie's trials and tribulations as the young star, while Joey, in Reggie's body, travels around LA exacting justice from those who have hurt him. No uproarious laughter, just predicaments that follow Reggie as he tries to get out of his situation.
Its light and entertaining and the final resolution is satisfying. As I said, not a world beater but a fun story by the creator of Jeeves and Wooster and PSmith. (3 stars)"
"Before becoming one of today's most intriguing and innovative mystery writers, Kate Wilhelm was a leading writer of science fiction, acclaimed for classics like The Infinity Box and The Clewiston Test.Now one of her most famous novels returns to print, the spellbinding story of an isolated post-holocaust community determined to preserve itself, through a perilous experiment in cloning. Sweeping, dramatic, rich with humanity, and rigorous in its science, Where Later the Sweet Birds Sang is widely regarded as a high point of both humanistic and "hard" SF, and won SF's Hugo Award and Locus Award on its first publication. It is as compelling today as it was then."
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weight survival against humanity and life against love."