Books I Read This Weekend
Much like every other day, my weekend reading list did not go as planned. That’s ok - it was still good!
I added a library book to my Kindle and noticed that I never finished Afterlife by Marcus Sakey. I honestly couldn’t remember starting it, but I had. Rather than pretend I knew what was happening, I started over, and I’m glad I did. I finished it Sunday around lunchtime and found it to be a smooth read.
I was going to cut and paste the synopsis from Goodreads here, but I think it gives too much away. I liked going in cold, not having any idea what I was reading. If you want that, too, just start on page one. Here’s all you need to know:
Between life and death lies an epic war, a relentless manhunt through two worlds… and an unforgettable love story.
I sped through this book, pushing myself to stay up later than I wanted, which is always a good sign. And even though there were a few plot points that were not as strong as others, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, the details, and the world beyond ours that Sakey created. I paused more than once to think of him as an author, imagining the time it took and the excruciating process he must have gone through to get these ideas on the page. This section, in particular, held my attention and I read it more than once.
All of it spent as normal people, unaware that the world they saw was only a layer in a larger whole. The brightest layer, the base of all that came after, but just a fragment nonetheless. Existence wasn’t a painting, one clear vision laid over clean canvas. It was a palimpsest, meaning layered over meaning, each forever changing the shades and tone of original intent.
And the best part of all was that I learned a new word! Palimpsest had not come into my vocabulary before this reading, and I don’t know how often I’ll actually use it in conversation, but I have it in case I ever need it. (Don’t be shy - look it up! I did and I’m not afraid to admit it.)
I recommend this book to anyone who wants a love story mixed with the mysteries of life after death. There are a few sex scenes, but they were tasteful for the most part. One may have made me cringe a little, but that’s ok - I can be a tough critic on those types of scenes. Don’t ask me what I thought of Fifty Shades…
Because I took a detour, I didn’t make as much progress as I thought I would with my three books this weekend. I did start each one, but I don’t even have a sense of them yet, so it would be foolish to write anything about them. Since my goal was only to get a bookmark in each one and I have, I guess I feel good about that. There is never enough time to read.
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