Feb. 2nd, 2008

zarzal: (avebury)
I actually felt like reading today; I've been sick four days now, and I've been doing a lot of sleeping. I went in to work yesterday for three hours, long enough to take care of timesheets, monthly reports, and to deal with a vendor we had a appointment with, and then I went home and collapsed. It's been mostly a terrible sore throat and fatigue, but I started getting sniffly last night and took a Nyquil equivalent. Maybe that's why I was having nightmares this morning. Cold meds do weird things to my sleeping patterns.

So, didn't much feel like sleeping today, which might be a good sign, but I still didn't feel like doing anything but lie in bed. I ended up reading All She Was Worth by Miyuke Miyabe, her first novel--she's very big in Japan, and her works are getting translated into English. If this was her first novel, I can imagine why she's popular.

It was very good. It can be classified as a mystery or police procedural, perhaps; I don't read too many mysteries, but I liked this. I thought the ending seemed a bit off--either it stretched out too much, or it cut off too soon, I'm not sure which--but that may be due to my own cultural expectations. It's set mainly in Tokyo, but the investigator has to travel to several locations, including Osaka and Ise. I'm getting the impression that one can crisscross Japan in very little time at all, due to the ubiquity of bullet trains. Some passages, particularly the long explanation of the origins and pitfalls of the credit/finance system in Japan, felt like a big info-dump. (It also felt remarkably prescient, given the credit meltdown we are experiencing here in the US is quite similar to some of what she was describing of Japan in the early 90's.) Hopefully Miyabe has improved her methods in subsequent novels.

I have another novel of hers on my pile, Crossfire, which from the blurbs seems to be a mystery crossed with Firestarter. O_o Sounds great! I may read that one next, since my weekend plans are blown to hell. We were supposed to be going over to my mother-in-law's house tomorrow to watch the game. (Go Giants!!) Since she's recently out of the hospital, I'm not going anywhere near her with a nasty cold, even if I felt mobile enough to do so.

There's no fighting practice tomorrow, so god knows what hubby's going to do with himself until the game. Right now he's putting down a new seal for the toilet, as it's been leaking. He deserves a medal. :)

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