When Cora was here for a visit a few weeks back, she left me a little present. It started as a slight itch, but has become such a burning that I've had a hard time sleeping the last few nights.
Prior to this, I'd had as vague of a notion about the books as it is possible to have as a guy my age who is not routinely around kids can have. I knew what it was, I knew the general story theme, knew that the author went from dirt poor to being richer than the Queen of England, and had seen probably 15 minutes total of the first movie somewhere, sometime. I'd had a number of work friends read them and love them, I just read much. Never have. I'm a slow reader with a short attention span. I got a 512 page book from my brother for Christmas. It's part of the Dune series. I have read all the Dune books so far (I think that's 15 or so.). And I'm on page 172. Since Christmas.
But this audio book format has some serious merit for me. First and foremost, it takes out the speed thing. Plus, it's a different concentration level. I wouldn't want to have READ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone driving to/from St. Louis. And it is easier to deal with during the commute or while doing routine tasks at work.
But, I will admit that my OCD did kick in. I started listening to them on the way down to Gwen's birthday party on May 30. I finished them up on June 15. 17 days. Including about 40 hours in the last 72. So, if you've noticed a little drop off in my blogging, Facebooking, sleeping, etc. I hope this explains where I have been and what I have been doing. But I feel like the Imperius Curse has lifted, and I'm walking out into the sunshine now, blinking, wondering where the time has gone.
But I really did enjoy the books. Highly engrossing. And having seen all the props at the Museum of Science and Industry a month ago, it was really easy to visualize what they were talking about.
Certainly, I have questions, but when dating someone with an encyclopedia knowledge of the subject, they are easily answered, if the answers are out there.
The answers are out there? Maybe I should Netflix the X-Files next.