December 11, 2007

Celebratory Post

In your face, literature! A few months ago, I set out this goal for myself to read the entirety of Neal Stephenon's Baroque Cycle. In case you're not familiar with the work, it's around 3000 pages of dense European history, alchemy, Puritanism, and various pirate terminology. (All of that does sound kind of interesting, but 3000 pages? Who are we trying to impress here, Neal?)

If ever there were a time to run down the street in my underpants, screaming in glee, and high-fiving the neighbors, this is it. If I did that though, one of them would ask what the foofaraw was about and I'd have to tell them that I just finished reading 3 books in 6 months. In those terms, it's not quite as impressive. Oh neighbors, did I mention these books were about science?

I did enjoy the books quite a bit, but it's hard to read anything for that long and stay interested. I imagine I skimmed no less than ten pages there in the middle, looking for profanity or pirate battles. I missed a subplot or two. When I got to the end, I was still frequently saying, "Wait, who? The guy with the pegleg?" These are only minor criticisms, as I am freaking done with those books and have nothing to prove to anyone anymore.

Now that I'm finished, I don't really know what to do. It needs to be equally momentous. I'm thinking I either read a 3050 page book or I eat 400 pudding cups.

Posted by Cody at December 11, 2007 10:13 PM