Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Feb. 20: Sunny, Breezy, and Melting!

The weather forecast was for rain/snow and nastiness, and while we had pouring rain at 4 am, it seems to have cleared up! Since I'm due for a run today, I'm especially happy.

Yesterday marked the first "get back to it" day of vacation: I did the cat litter, did a hard swim workout, and had my Lib. Trustees' meeting; we also food-shopped, did a lot of cooking/baking, got my watch battery replaced, ordered a new diamond for my ring with the insurance money, and went to the Library to restock for vacation pleasure books, since Picture of Dorian Gray, my companion to Portland and back, is not exactly "pleasure" reading. Ye Gods. I've also been working away on the collar to Moth's sweater, which is an easy but time consuming section. Today I plan a run and a few hours of school work. . . . Onwards!

<a href="" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img alt="Caddy's World" border="0" src="" /></a><a href="">Caddy's World</a> by <a href="">Hilary McKay</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="">2 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
My first thought was "My, this was a juvenile book"! and then I realized it is, literally, juvenile fiction! However, this entry in the Casson family oeuvre somehow lacks the wit and character development of the other stories. Not sure if it's because it's a prequel, done in retrospect, so we know more about all the characters that we're allowed to know here (none of Caddy's precious friends are mentioned in the other books, so that part feels fake, for example; Rose is there; Bill isn't. . . ) or if it's just that the usual witty writing has been watered down and very small plot issues are puffed up to make them seem major, but this is not a good effort by McKay. "Okay" is as far as I can go!
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