Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sunday Salon: Progress and Updates and Other Stuff

So the Europa Challenge launched a little over a week ago and we already have lots of participants- and we're always looking for more. I promise I won't post about this constantly but I will probably be talking about it often so please bear with me if it's something you're not into! My first challenge post is up on that blog and will appear here on Tuesday.

In the mean time I'm also working my way through my personal month-long science fiction challenge. So far results are mixed. I enjoyed How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe but gave up on Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl. I just... wasn't feeling it. The lack of exposition made the story hard for me to follow and my favorite character died halfway through. And it was hard for me to feel sympathy for the titular windup girl, a horribly abused machine. I have this mental block about being able to sympathize with artificial life forms. It's why I didn't like that Spielberg movie, "A.I.". Yes, the robot tot was cute- but it's a robot. And yes, the toaster in The Windup Girl is a pitiable toaster indeed, but still a toaster. So, not for me. Moving on, I started The Stone Gods, by Jeanette Winterson, in many respects similar to Windup but takes off thanks to Winterson's masterful writing into something sublime and beautiful.

Today I have my last improv class and the usual Sunday errands and whatever time I have for reading will be devoted to the Winterson book and Get Me Out of Here, by Henry Sutton, a crazy little thriller from Europa Editions. I'm taking the Sutton slowly- a chapter a day, since my goal for the month is two Europas and I've finished one already. So much fun, as always.

What are you enjoying reading today? I hope you have a great Sunday. More Sunday Salon here.