I think it's going to be a quiet week leading up to the wedding. There's not a lot going on so far though Mom and my aunt and I may go to visit another Aunt at her cottage tomorrow if all works out. I"m getting my bits and pieces together to get ready for packing. Flying out on Sunday evening to arrive Monday morning and coming back the following Sunday.
Graham's dad is supposed to be coming home today! That's such a relief. Apparently they're saying he's had some sort of virus but one that isn't curable. I guess it must affect his immune system or something. Anyway he'll have to be on meds and will have a nebulizer machine, the sort of thing you might use if you have asthma but he'll only have to use it as needed. Right now he's feeling better than he has in a long time, he says. I think with this sort of scare, he'll make sure to take care of himself and follow any instructions and not overdo things. There are a couple of neighbours that can look in on him in the days when Graham is at work.
I went to see Midnight in Paris on the weekend. I didn't realize until i saw the credits that it's a Woody Allen film. I'm not very keen on his movies. I always find his lead character is whiny and even now that he's not in the movies anymore, the lead still speaks with his voice and ends up being just as whiny as Woody was. This one wasn't too bad, though. It was all very unusual. Owen Wilson plays the lead and he's another one i'm not overly keen on but he did seem to suit the part.
The plot has a man, Gil, and his fiance, Inez, in Paris as guests of her parents who are rich and snobby and don't really approve of the fiance but patronize him for her sake. She seems to be quite attached to them. They also meet up with another couple that they know, with the man of the pair being very, very far up his own arse as an expert of absolutely everything which is very grating as it is meant to be. i.e. he even has the balls to correct an expert guide about Rodin's personal life. Inez is quite impressed, Gil is not and even manages to show him up once or twice.
Gil is a screen writer but is working on his first novel which takes place in a memorabilia shop. He loves Paris but thinks Paris in the 1920s would have been the ideal place and time to live there. One night, they are at a wine tasting event and Gil decides to walk back to the hotel. He gets lost and, as the midnight church bells sound, while standing on a corner trying to figure out which way to go, an old car comes around the corner and up the hill. The occupants urge him to get in and go with them and he's just drunk enough to do it. The occupants are all dressed in 1920s style and one of the couples is apparently Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.
Thus, he enters the world of 1920s Paris and meets up with all the great writers and artists of the time over the course of several nights' journies into the past. He meets Cole Porter, Hemmingway, Picasso, Dali and others. He also meets a beautiful woman, Adriana, the mistress of Picasso. Her ideal period for living in Paris is the Belle Epoque, the late 19th century. Neither one is all that satisfied with where they live in their present time, it seems, for one reason or another.
During the days, Gil starts to rework his book and with the few references, it almost sounds like what is happening to him at night. We never know whether it's a dream or if it's real "time travel" or just magic but it doesn't seem to matter. We can see he and Inez really aren't suited.
The dialogue and camera work are typical of Woody Allen's style and did occasionally irk me but overall it was good and it was shot in Paris so it was like a travel show all around the beautiful city. I think it was worth it just for that and it makes me want to go back again!
I've read two more books,
58. Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
This describes a war between robots and humans by way of first person accounts, descriptions garnered from various traffic and public cameras, and testimonies. The world has been filled with robots and computerized items. Cars pretty much drive themselves, appliances are all computerized, there are robots to help with the children, with the housework, with surgeries, etc. Something happens and they all turn against humans, killing them on sight. They even evolved to create newer, smarter ones that can come after humans who hide in the countryside and mountains. The humans gather together and form resistance armies. When the robots are finally defeated, one soldier has decided to write all the history down and this is the result.
It felt all disjointed at first while it was establishing all the various characters but it gelled well and I did enjoy it. Apparently it will be made into a movie. CGI heaven i should think. I may not enjoy that lol
59 Crossroads Road by Jeff Kay.
A woman wins 240 million in a lottery. She is going to share it with her children but there's one catch, they have to all live in houses she has built in a little cul de sac but she is a nut job and most of the children all have various neuroses and quirks. The man telling the story is the husband of one of the daughters and seems fairly normal though keeps referring to an Incident that happened involving him. We do find out what that is at the end. The characters are all out to lunch in various ways and it's quite a funny book.
I am getting along well with the Kobo touch. It can be very sensitive and sometimes flips 2 pages but it's easy enough to go back one. The battery is supposed to last longer but i don't see it being much different. I do read a lot and i do read fast so i suppose i'm just harder on it than some.
I think i'm addicted to downloading ebooks lol I keep looking for more and you know, i have so many that i'll never read them in 20 years! But i did get hold of some newer books that are newly released and some old favourites. Still, though, I have to stop!