Bullets for Friday

  • My plan was to ride 60 miles this weekend, which I have already accomplished — yay me! This means that the rest of the weekend I can sit on my ass. Okay, maybe I’ll go on a short ride on Sunday. And walk a few miles. Otherwise, I’m resting. The ride was nice — hilly, of course, but the weather was beautiful, upper 60s, lower 70s, a little breezy, smelling like fall.
  • I finished listening to the audio version of Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and can I just say that I loved this book? I won’t write a whole post on it because I think most people know what it’s about if they haven’t read it already, so I’ll just add my voice to the chorus of people who have praised it and leave it at that. The first person voice is immensely appealing, and I liked getting into the mind of an autistic character and seeing what it’s like in there. I’m definitely hunting down Haddon’s latest book, preferably on audio if I can find it.
  • I finished reading Ursula Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness, and can I just say that I loved this book? I really did. Thanks to those of you who recommended it; trust me — book bloggers don’t lead you wrong. More thoughts on the book later.
  • I’m off to a cycling party tonight; it’s for people who raced in the Tuesday night races in my town. It should be fun — a last chance to see fellow cyclists for a while (as I don’t usually participate in group training rides with them).
  • Enjoy your weekend!


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11 responses to “Bullets for Friday

  1. I haven’t yet read “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” (Clearly I must!) But I absolutely loved Haddon’s follow-up, “A Spot of Bother.” It made my top ten list in 2006. I highly recommend it!


  2. I didn’t enjoy Haddon’s latest nearly as much but it’s still worth reading – and there’s been less of a furore over this – so I’m always interested to hear what other people think. It’ll suit audio too.


  3. I’ll put “Left Hand” on my library queue. Never read anything by her, which is surprising considering my sci-fi proclivities.

    Also did a 60-mile nonstop ride on Wednesday. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll do 80 on the Gimbel’s ride. I justify it to myself by considering that, gosh, I’ve got that century coming up!


  4. So glad you liked Left Hand of Darkness. It’s been ages since I’ve read it and you are making me think a re-read should be in the near future. And with all the bike riding it sounds like you are feeling much more your old self?


  5. how was the party? I would have loved to have come down, but we are racing in NH on Sunday, and got invited to a cx-team party in mass fri night, so it didn’t make a whole lot of sense.

    You said I was in the video a bit….was it with Ryan (other young TT guy) since we did the interview together? I was in a sort of post-race delirium if I remember, so I hope I didn’t come out sounding too stupid.


  6. I’ll have to read the Haddon book–I was able to mooch a copy. The Le Guin sounds good, too. Enjoy your weekend as well!


  7. Kate – I remember you writing about the recent Haddon book, which is one reason I want to get it – and, yes, I’m guessing you’ll like the older one too!

    Stephen – well, I’m ready to find out for myself what I think – and I’ll be sure to report about it when I’m finished. I’m pretty sure my library has the audio version.

    Fendergal – I bet you’ll like the Le Guin, especially if you’re already interested in sci-fi. I’d love to hear your thoughts! I hope you get to that 80-mile ride – I’m still planning on doing the century with you, as is Hobgoblin.

    Stefanie – I’m definitely feeling much closer to normal – in fact, just about perfectly normal. Yay! And I think Le Guin’s book is definitely worth a re-read; I wouldn’t mind picking it up again some day.

    Josh – it was fun – we missed seeing you there! Yeah, you were with Ryan, and you didn’t sound stupid at all – in fact you made a lot of sense.

    Danielle – I recommend both of them highly! 🙂


  8. hepzibah

    Wow — 60 miles dorothy! that’s amazing! looks like you had a great weekend! I’ve been wanting to read that book The Curious Incident…but I haven’t had the chance….


  9. LK

    I’m so impressed with the 60 miles. Wow.

    And I think listening to audio on the Haddon book was brilliant. That seems like the right book and the right venue, somehow.


  10. Thank you Hepzibah and LK — I’m hoping to add another 10 miles or so this weekend, and I’m on my way up to 100 (if all goes well).


  11. Dorothy, I was just sent the Haddon book, by the publisher, for review. I have thumbed through it and it looks like a dandy.
    I loved Curious Incident!
    Isn’t reading fun?


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