January 2012: Back From Far Worlds

It was a hard 2012.  We lost three of our family and had spent much of the year traveling for less than pleasant reasons.  So to decompress, I lost a number of weeks on one of my pet vices; sci-fi/fantasy novels.

Yes, I admit it; I’m a sci-fi/fantasy  junkie.When I was younger, trilogies like Tolkin’s “Lord of the Rings” and Stephen R. Donaldson’s “Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever” could mean whole weekends without sleep; just eating munchies and doing everything one-handed while reading the book held in the other.  I’d often share books with my brother, Lance, who would then call me at the end of a long weekend doing the same thing.  We’d then spend hours excitedly recounting our favorite parts, the surprising plot twists, etc, fairly dancing in place with animated joy.

At one point, I got lost in C. J. Cherryh’s Chanur Trilogy, an exciting space opera featuring a protagonist and her associates that were a race of leonine space farers. I revisited that trilogy  and its sequel in the fall.  In early December, I discovered Cherryh’s first Foreigner Trilogy.  I lost the better part of a week drinking them up.  It’s surprising after spending most of my reading time slogging through high-density nonfiction books of computer stuff, math texts, social science and administrative theory and case study, where it seemed to take forever to read a few pages, how intently I can plow through hundreds of pages of science fiction.

Having devoured the first trilogy, I trolled the web to purchase the second Foreigner trilogy, which I finished this weekend.  Barbara’s been a bit concerned, what with me sitting at the kitchen table until 3 or 5 in the morning with hardly a move other than occasional runs to the bathroom, the sink or the refrigerator.  What can I say; when I’m into a book, I’m lost in it.  It’s like seeing a fast-paced exciting movie and not even wanting to go to the bathroom, lest you miss something.

I promised Barbara I would take some time off and get back to real life again; exercise, music, etc.

However I’ve just ordered the third Foreigner trilogy.  I’ve got until the UPS truck pulls into the driveway to get some other things done.

About Gary Paul

Having worn many hats in my life I bring a broad perspective to my writing. 2-time winner & 8-time nominee, New Mexico Music Awards. Winner, 2006 Xtreme Folk Scene's Song Contest. Degrees: B.A, Psychology; & MPA, Public Administration; MS, Computer Science. I'm a Santa Fean born poor, but surrounded by music, theater & poetry in Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY. Piano gave me a love for melody. My grandparent's farm showed me the beauty of bucolic settings & bluegrass music. But around Boy Scout council fires I grew to love storytelling; especially a good ghost story! :-).
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