Twenty-Fifteen: I’m doing something I’ve been putting off for far too long. I’m getting serious about reading, again. I’ve dusted off my paperbacks and charged up my Kindle. It’s time to take the time to feed my poor television-adled brain with a selection of healthy, nourishing fiction. So, read on, little brain. Read on. We’re going Book to the Future!
I did something I rarely do. I pre-ordered a novel. In hardcover. I mean, something like ninety-five percent of the hardcover books I own are the ones that I’ve bought discounted off the last-chance rack at the bookstore because they are cheaper than the paperback edition when they are selling them for five bucks.
But a new Neal Stephenson novel? That’s an event worth queuing up for… at least in my world. In many categories, after all, if you asked me who my go-to author is I’d almost unblinkingly and unhesitatingly say Stephenson.
I think I’ve read “Anathem” about a dozen times now.
As I write this, on my oh-so-short lunch break and pondering the actually delivery of my copy via the postal service later today, I can also say I did something else I rarely do: Gizmodo had published the first chapter of the novel online a few days ago and (while I was reluctant to start reading before I’d finished my previous novel) I looked it up again and dug in. This is partly because I wanted to get this introductory post out of the way: generally these are posts I’ve been writing after reading the first chapter of whatever novel I pick up and after I determine that I’m actually going to commit to finishing said book. I think this particular title is a pretty safe bet.
So… “Seveneves” by Neal Stephenson. The moon explodes in the first line of the novel. Aaaaand… go! Expectation, huge. Anticipation, epic. Interest, keen.
It’s a good thing I have tomorrow off.