Friday, February 14, 2014
Two jettisoned in two months. Blech.
The writing isn't terrible, and it hard some great opening lines, but it just didn't do it for me. In a sense, the writing style reminded me of Dennis Lehane (Mystic River)… whom I also had a hard time getting in to.
I found the story interesting enough, it just didn't move fast enough, and I found I didn't care enough about the lead characters. You knew the parents in this story were not well matched, would rob a bank, and one would commit suicide in jail. The sister doesn't really appear to have a great outcome in life, and the narrator will eventually lose themselves in education.
So on I have moved. Between this and a few of the other books I have read lately, I figured I would just make a break for some totally escapist literature and I grabbed a Lee Child novel as predictable, entertaining, light fodder. It is delivering a fast-paced, not all that intellectually stimulating novel. In light of the week I just had at work, a perfect choice.
I have a month until I return to my old position at work. I will admit to having an open mind about going back, and not being very excited, but I really don't know that to expect. It will be really interesting to watch how things unfold in the coming months. I was aiming to complete a job today, and it did get done, but it was a bit of a battle. Time. Processes taking their time. Correcting errors and adjusting figures. Very interesting, very time consuming. In the end, very worth getting it done. There is nothing like the satisfaction of completing a hard task. It is strange this isn't my problem anymore in a month. I will miss the different demands on me, and learning so much.