Monday, November 16, 2009
Trashed my post, and hangin' out on the web...
I was planning to comment today on the SinC/PW top ten book list brouhaha, but I think we raked those leaves pretty thoroughly with Clare's post yesterday and John's post on Saturday.
So this afternoon I abandoned my half-finished post and spent the rest of my free time trolling the 'Net for any other controversial literary topics that could get folks hot and bothered. A bit of juicy publishing gossip. Something.
I came up blank. I got nothin'.
About the only thing my web surfing did for me today is leave me stunned and slightly disoriented by the sheer abundance of information that's out there. Twitter, Blogpulse, Google Trends, Wonder Wheel, Wikio...yikes!! Our global attention span is being chopped to 140-character bits.
Eventually I lost the energy even for reading on the web, and wound up...where else? YouTube.
I was going to entertain you with some videos of funny cats (some of them really are gosh-darned cute), but then I started gravitating to book videos and author interviews. And I remembered that Stephen King has a big release this week, UNDER THE DOME. It clocks in at 1088 pages. That's got to be 1.5 pages for every character in your average small town in Maine. The story has an interesting premise: A small town gets cut off from the rest of the world and finds itself, literally, under a dome. It reminds me a bit of a short story I read recently by King called THE MIST. I liked that story (even though I wasn't sold on the monster in it), so I'll probably give UNDER THE DOME a try.
Here's Stephen King talking about story, followed by a reading:
What do you think? Will you run out and buy the book? If you're a writer, have you ever gone back an resurrected a story you abandoned in previous years, as Stephen did?