I'd like to thank all the kind and lovely people who recommended Three Men In a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog). laurie_robey and I picked up an audio edition read by Hugh Laurie, and listened to it coming and going from work for the past few days, just finishing it this morning. The verdict is: we did in fact enjoy it quite a bit. A bit light on plot, but then it was originally written as a travelogue and was only published as a comic novel by editorial fiat.
Bit the Second:
From Arts & Letters Daily: The Scorn of the Literary Blog. My reaction is: "There are literary blogs? Do they have RSS feeds I can subscribe my LJ to?"
Bit the Third:
After reading Blue Heaven (which was a bit like work) and Pure Drivel (which was very enjoyable but so short I finished it in two sittings), I decided I needed something a little different. So I read The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them) by Jack Bickham (my review: eh, don't bother), and now I am rereading Creativity Rules by John Vorhaus. I've enthused about that particular book before, so I won't repeat all that here. I will mention, however, that last night's bit of reading suddenly gelled the theme of the B&G novel in my head -- which is just the kind of useful thing that happens when you read Creativity Rules. ;) Anybody who reads this LJ and is of a writerly bent, should run (not walk) to your book peddler of choice and snap up a copy.