November 23rd, 2010

20111112, Marilee

Really Bad Night


I started feeling more and more pain -- my feet and my shoulder -- and took narcotics while I was still online. I watched TV later and then watched the tape of Glory Daze, the new '80s show on TBS. After six minutes, I rewound the tape and watched last week's Castle which had Lyle Lovett as a secret Fed agent, and Fillion gave a glancing reference to Firefly. I finished the paper and got to bed to read by 1am. Without calculating, I went ahead and took the regular go-to-bed narcotics and later realized I overlapped a couple of hours. I planned to finish the book, but took to sleeping at 2am. I was awake with pain at 7am, finished the book by 8am, and still couldn't take more pain meds. I did go to sleep about 9am and when the alarm went off at noon, I turned it off and slept until right before 3pm.

I went to the grocery and was dragging on the way back into the condo. I put the groceries away in the kitchen and then sat in the recliner and went through the mail. Spirit's antibiotic came -- I have a check to mail tomorrow. I now have 28 Forever Stamps left from the hundred I bought in April 2007 at the cost of $.41 each. Now they're worth $.44 so I saved a bit of money and will probably save more.

I bought another two boxes of Swheat Scoop today and decided I would empty Spirit's box and put in a box and a half of the Swheat Scoop (the other half went to Loki's and Junie's box). I was thinking I could lift and throw into the dumpster a bag with the Arm & Hammer MultiCat litter that was left in Spirit's box, but I tried to lift the bag and all I could do was slide it along the floor. I moved some into two more bags and I can handle those for trash and recycling tomorrow. Last week I took the mixed-paper recycling basket even though it was only half-full and that was good because today it's spilling over.

There's been a big decline in kids going to ERs because they overdose on cough syrups. Manufacturers voluntarily took the cough syrups for 2-year-olds and younger off the shelves, but there are still some kids ending up in the ER because either the parents didn't get rid of it or the kids are good at child-proof caps.
20111112, Marilee

The Richard Jury Series by Martha Grimes


The WashPost review of the most recent book, The Black Cat, sounded good so I got on the queue at the library and got it a few months later. I thought it was a great mystery and decided to read the 21 earlier books.

Richard Jury is a really good detective in New Scotland Yard. He can almost always solve murders and still have a personal life. The mysteries themselves are really good, but Grimes has added way too many tropes through books. It's as if she had a button that would drop a paragraph into the manuscript. Some of the things that turn up in many books: a man rubbing his thumbnail across his forehead, a woman crying with a handkerchief in her sleeve that she takes to her mouth, boys have dogs, girls have cats, girls up to teens can sit on a rock or bench or tree branch and bend her head over backwards, a woman in a nursing home because she can't teach piano anymore due to her rheumatic arthritis. More and more, but those were the worst.

All of the books have some copyediting problems, but the one that is fourth from the end had at least 50. The funny thing about that book is that someone corrected two of them in pen. They took an extra word out of a sentence (the kind where you reorganize a sentence and don't take all the original extra words out) and changed a homonym. I don't know if they didn't see the others or not. That book was also the worst as to problems with continuity and mixing up names.

The last few books led right from one into the next -- in one pair, a sentence at the end of the earlier book is answered by a sentence at the beginning of the later book.

I decided to reread the last book, first I'd read, to see if I was misled into the books by seeing just that one or it if really was good. It really was good. There were a couple of the repetitive tropes, but the rest was very fresh and new. The last half or so of the book list are from Viking so I don't know if they hired a better copyeditor or what.

If I knew then what I know now, after reading the latest book, I would just wait to see if I like the next. The earlier ones weren't bad with the mystery or structure, but the writing drove me nuts.