Vanport Max Stop

Today is holiday letter and holiday story day. I already have a story. I tried to write a new one that was about Santa’s reindragon but it didn’t come together so I’m recycling something I wrote a long time ago about Indians and government bureaucracy. I know, I’ve got your attention now. Don’t worry, it’s really short.

I’ll post notice when it’s all done. Meanwhile, if you’ve got nothing to do you can always read back issues.

One of the main gifts I like to give is books. Ideally I like to give books I’ve already read so I know if they’re any good, but I read a lot of books with vampires and zombies and sword fighting. Often my recipients aren’t huge fans of those books so I have to dig around online and look for recommendations. I’ve done okay with indiebound and overbooked.

Last week I was going through a bunch of “best of” lists and every single fiction book was like:

“After an explosion destroys her family … ”
“After her son is diagnosed with spleen cancer mixed a rare face-melting disease … ”
“In a war torn country where there is no food or water or anything to look forward to … ”
“In this deeply disturbing and profoundly sad tale … ”

Wow, how do I choose? I kept crossing them off “too bummer-y.”

I did find some that I think will be good.

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5 Responses to Books

  1. Kira says:

    I hope one day you update us about this whole Santa’s reindragon thing. I never knew…

    I agree about the depressing books. For a while, every book they were selling at the big chains seemed to have a baby of baby shoes on the cover and every one of those damn babies was missing, dead, or otherwise in dire straights.

    Why more people don’t want to read about reindragons and swords I do not know.

  2. AEJ says:

    I like dirty books. I’m just sayin’.

  3. ballardavenue says:

    In my mind’s ear I heard that booming movie trailer voice reading those book blurbs. I don’t think I’d care to read the book or see the movie.

  4. Hannah Jo says:

    Ha, I’m not writing about books FOR ONCE. Instead, can I just say, I love that photo? Really. Love it in every way. For Christmas, I would like a print of that photo. Thank you, Santa Pam.

  5. Marvin says:

    All my favorite books start with “after the world ended.” Never mind that nothing CAN happen after the end of the world.

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