The Book Monster Vol. 15


Christmas is upon us! So The Book Monster is beginning it’s holiday gift guide with stocking stuffers. Stocking stuffers need to be compact, thoughtful, and inexpensive. “The History of Farting” by Benjamin Bart is perfect for everyone’s stocking. I also recommend pistachios be put in your loved one’s stockings because they’re fun to eat while you read.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters on Thursday at midnight. I’m not a huge fan of books being turned into movies because 19 out of 20 times the movie is terrible, but Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy was exceptional. So yes, I plan on attending the midnight showing. I have a feeling I will be binging on J.R.R. Tolkien books for the next month afterwards.

I would also like to remind my readers not to sit in the same spot on the couch too long, too often. I did a lot more reading this past week than normal, and I noticed my couch cushion was flat. It’s important to rotate your seating while reading.

Bruce Holland Rogers sells a subscription of 36 pieces of short-short stories, which are received via email, for $10 a year. Not only is this guy an innovator in the publishing industry, but he lives in Eugene.  Next week EDN’s Ryan Beltram will be interviewing Rogers, so keep an eye out for the story next week. Bruce Holland Rogers story Dinosaur can be read online, and it’s awesome.

If you’re looking for more winter reading check out Bill Watterson’s “Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Snow Goons.” In this book of comic strips Calvin and Hobbes fight against evil snowmen when their Winter Wonderland turns on them. Of all the Calvin and Hobbes books out there I think this one showcases Bill Watterson’s creative genius as an artist better than any of the others. The Snow Goons artwork is slightly morbid, it’s humorous, and it’s beautiful in it’s own way too.

A few years ago while working at a shoe store in the Valley River Center I was talking about books with a co-worker. He told me “The Stand” was the best of any Stephen King book he had read, which were many. So this fall I took the plunge and read “The Stand,” and I loved it. Because it has 1141 pages it took me a while to get through it. The book is about the apocalyptic events that follow a devastating super-flu, and the ordinary people who band together to fight the evil powers that arise from the ashes of civilization. I wouldn’t say it’s my personal favorite of Stephen King’s works, but it was still a great book worth reading. There is even a beautifully written Christmas scene in the book that I was not expecting to come across. It should be noted that there are two versions of this book. It was first published in 1978, and in 1990 it was re-released in it’s complete and uncut format, which is the version I read. There was also a TV movie made by ABC that was horrible (no I didn’t watch it, but I’ve heard nothing good about it).

Southeast Eugene Plays in the Snow


The Great and Awesome Blizzard of 2011 visited upon Eugene for all of 24-hours on Thursday left most feeling underwhelmed – those in North Eugene anyway. Most went on their merry way, going to work, school, or shopping as usual. For the few in South Eugene up near Spencer Butte it was altogether a different story.

An additional one-half to one-inch of snow made a significant difference as the snow continued to fall long after it had melted downtown. While co-workers and fellow students moaned about the extra workload, families took to the streets during the snow day to make the best of things.

Children and adults alike were out throwing snowballs, building snowmen and sledding down hills. Cats ran in fear of the shrieks of joy; dogs could be seen trying to capture snowflakes on their tongue.

As night began to fall the rain washed away the rain on the streets allowing the tired adults to head out for dinner and supplies. Nothing would stop the kids from playing.

Today, the snow still sits placidly on the roofs of houses, behind two-story homes, and in the yards where the sun has yet to show its face. The snowmen are gone and snowballs have become difficult to create out of slush. But as I finish this last sentence I can still hear the shrieks of joy as the last snowy hill is used by multiple sledders.