orockthro: George with glasses and "NERD" written on her forehead (George + Nerd)
I spent the fourth on vacation with my dad in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  It was lovely.  Got covered in poison ivy and managed to somehow not break out in a rash. Booya! Survived 38 river crossings on a trail that was decidedly not just on the north edge.  Spent hours upon delightful hours hunting for rocks on the side of the road with my dad while trying not to find any rattlesnakes instead.  Found a bubblegum agate, a hunk of fine rosequartz, and what (according to the local rock dude) is actually a corpolite. Nifty! Finished two good books. Proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that stuffing wet shoes with newspapers does work as a drying technique. Forgot my camera at home and instead pretended to take pictures with my mind (complete with little shutter sound). Saw a herd of buffalo on the roam and more prairie dogs than was humanly possible to count (these guys went on for miles. No joke.) Learned how to correctly operate a payphone. 

And that was my vacation.
And it was fantastic.

The book I started and finished on the trip was Gaiman's The Graveyard Book and it was everything I'd hoped it would be. It's young adult and delightful and riddled with illustrations. :)

I bought two books on the trip that I've started, one is the graphic novel Chew by John Layman and Rob Guillory and the other is Neuromancer by William Gibson.  Neuromancer is a wild ride. It spoon feeds you its world sentence by sentence and you turn the page because you become filled with an absolute need to understand what is going on. I'm not very far in yet, but I can see why it is such an important part of the SciFi genre.   Chew is fantastic in its own weirdness, a story about a man who gets psychic readings off the things he eats (with the exception of beets)... which is great, except for the fact that he's a police officer. It takes place in an alternate, fascist world where the Bird Flu has taken an unexpected turn on the chicken industry and is a wild ride of its own right.


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