Apparently the Seahawks lost the Superbowl, but I was outside shoveling my driveway at the time. A foot and a half of snow dumped on us yesterday and we needed to do one last shoveling before heading to bed. I did enjoy the messages in some of the commercials, and teared up at a few. The Budweiser one gets me every time. Half time show was ok – not a fan of Katy Perry and I needed a lot more Lenny Kravitz! Missy Elliot was a nice surprise as well.

22642472While the game was on, I started reading “Stone Mattress”

Publisher’s Synopsis: “A collection of highly imaginative short pieces that speak to our times with deadly accuracy. Vintage Atwood creativity, intelligence, and humor: think Alias Grace.

Margaret Atwood turns to short fiction for the first time since her 2006 collection, Moral Disorder, with nine tales of acute psychological insight and turbulent relationships bringing to mind her award-winning 1996 novel, Alias Grace. A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband in “Alphinland,” the first of three loosely linked stories about the romantic geometries of a group of writers and artists. In “The Freeze-Dried Bridegroom,” a man who bids on an auctioned storage space has a surprise. In “Lusus Naturae,” a woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire. In “Torching the Dusties,” an elderly lady with Charles Bonnet syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. And in “Stone Mattress,” a long-ago crime is avenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion-year-old stromatolite. In these nine tales, Margaret Atwood is at the top of her darkly humorous and seriously playful game.”

So far, it’s a disappointment. I’m a big Atwood fan, and a lover of short stories, but I just can’t seem to get engaged in this. The characters are flat and one dimensional to me – no real life to them. I hate books like this. I don’t want to keep reading because I’m bored, but want to continue in case it picks up and I miss a hidden gem.


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