Monday, April 22, 2013

Unplugged

Well, over the weekend, I read a book.  Wow!  No, not really wow, for those that know me.  LOL  I read a few books a week.  But, this was a 611 page hard-cover novel by Stephen King.  That's actually the "wow" part because I read mostly Kindle books lately.


My step-daughter came in to possession of a few hundred books and passed on to me the romance and thriller ones.  So, I sat there, with this HUGE book that ways a million pounds, and even when I went potty, I brought it with me.  It was good and I enjoyed it.  As always, Stephen Kind confused me, intrigued me, had my heart racing and my fingers flipped the pages practically non-stop.

Having a portable book kept me off the computer for a whole day!  I was pretty much UNPLUGGED and although I thought of my friends and fellow authors, and wondered about email, I didn't turn it on.  I don't have a Kindle device, but rather I use the Kindle for PC software, so typically when reading, I am still available on Facebook or by email.  But, it was nice, for one day, to completely kick back and relax wherever I wanted to throughout the day.

Do you "unplug" on occasion? What causes you to walk away from the computer for a day or more?    Would love to hear how you get UNPLUGGED.

This is the book that kept me unplugged for over 24 hours:


Here's the Amazon Synopsis:

No more than a dark pencil line on a blank page. A horizon line, maybe. But also a slot for blackness to pour through...

A terrible construction site accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. A marriage that produced two lovely daughters suddenly ends, and Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived the injuries that could have killed him. He wants out. His psychologist, Dr. Kamen, suggests a "geographic cure," a new life distant from the Twin Cities and the building business Edgar grew from scratch. And Kamen suggests something else.

"Edgar, does anything make you happy?"

"I used to sketch."

"Take it up again. You need hedges... hedges against the night."

Edgar leaves Minnesota for a rented house on Duma Key, a stunningly beautiful, eerily undeveloped splinter of the Florida coast. The sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico and the tidal rattling of shells on the beach call out to him, and Edgar draws. A visit from Ilse, the daughter he dotes on, starts his movement out of solitude. He meets a kindred spirit in Wireman, a man reluctant to reveal his own wounds, and then Elizabeth Eastlake, a sick old woman whose roots are tangled deep in Duma Key. Now Edgar paints, sometimes feverishly, his exploding talent both a wonder and a weapon. Many of his paintings have a power that cannot be controlled. When Elizabeth's past unfolds and the ghosts of her childhood begin to appear, the damage of which they are capable is truly devastating.

The tenacity of love, the perils of creativity, the mysteries of memory and the nature of the supernatural -- Stephen King gives us a novel as fascinating as it is gripping and terrifying.



Happy Reading!

~J~