Anita isn’t crazy about this photo, but I am. I have it as her profile photo in my Blackberry, so every time she calls, that’s what I see.
Have a great day girlfriend, and I’ll get your package in the mail soon, because I can’t stand it when Gretchen is worried.
In other news, I finished Pillars of the Earth. 896 e-pages, and I loved at least 700 of those pages. I did skim the sex and rape scenes, and frankly, while I happen to love cathedrals too, my eyes glazed over a few times… Still, Follet is no Michener, so the descriptions only dragged on SO long.
If you’re a fan of historical novels, the Middle Ages, Catholic Church history, witchcraft or just good vs. evil and like me, you missed the book the first 20 years it was out there, you really should read this epic saga. It’s not light reading, but it’s right up there with the Gaiman and Russell books I’ve LOVED this year.
I can also now answer the villain (#39) question. William Hamleigh is beyond a shadow of a doubt the most despicable character in the history of EVER. I think I can explain without spoilers, but if you haven’t read the book or don’t care, maybe you can skip the next paragraph.
What made him so vile for me is that he was a MEAN, violent bully (so was Alfred, but I just disliked him) with a conscience. Little Willy’s awful mom and a priest or ten did strike the fear of Hell in him, but he just couldn’t stop the high that came from overpowering others – physically of course, because he wasn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer either. I kept waiting for the redemption that a few of the bad guys did have, but William just didn’t have it in him.
I’ve already purchased the kinda’ sequel, World Without End, and will start it as soon as I finish Fight Club and the other “Chuck” novel Amy loaned me yesterday. I have to tell you… I’m already hooked on e-reading. I found myself rolling my eyes and groaning when I had to find a bookmark and then move it while I was brushing my teeth…