I didn’t accomplish much last month, to be honest. My boyfriend proposed on September 12, so we immediately started planning since we want to be married within a few months. Luckily, I am a wizard at planning, and it helps that our wedding is going to be simple. Now that everything is more or less sorted out, I have some time to devote to my creative projects and to reading.
That being said, my October reading list is the same as my September reading list.
I actually did finish the last Dark Tower novel, and was just as angry about it as I was last time I read it. I then posted an angry rant on the Stephen King website forums. I’m sure nobody appreciated it. There are a lot of people posting there who are all “it’s ka!” and “Nineteen!” and on and on, ad nauseam. I don’t think there is room for a critical discussion of Stephen King’s work at all, but then again, it’s a fan forum, so it makes sense that criticism would not be appreciated. And no one on other forums takes Stephen King seriously anyway…
Anyway I did end up reading The Wind Through the Keyhole as well (which is Dark Tower 8, or Dark Tower 4.5, depending on who you talk to). And that is it for fiction this month.
My newest adventure is a book called 40 Years on the Yukon Telegraph by Guy Lawrence. I wasn’t aware of this book before this year, but found a copy in the gift shop of the museum in Stewart, BC. It was published through a little local publisher called Caryall Books out of Quesnel, BC. I don’t exactly live close to Quesnel, but up here, pretty much everything past Prince George is considered “local” to northern residents.
The story begins in 1898 with the author’s voyage to Canada. Apparently they had decided they were going to be champions and joined the Klondike Gold Rush along with everyone else in the Northern Hemisphere. It didn’t work out. To make a long story very short, the author ended up working in various places in northern BC, which was obviously far more isolated than it is now, and eventually meandered back down to Stewart where he rand the telegraph office from 1920 to 1946. I haven’t finished the book yet, so I’m not sure yet whether he retired due to being old or just because they stopped using the telegraph line altogether.