Just got back from watching Harry Potter. I loved the movie. Absolutely loved it. The experience, unfortunately, was not as lovely for a boy sitting near the front, who—before the previews began—raced up the aisle with vomit shooting out of his mouth. I didn’t realize he was vomiting when I first saw him. Usually when I hurl chunks there is much heaving and writhing involved, but this poor kid was like one of those dolls where you pull a cord and stuff (in this case, a lot of half-digested popcorn) just comes spewing out. Like, whoa.
And it got worse. Of course. The boy’s long passage up the aisle set off a chain reaction amongst the other children and adults. It was like seeing a biological weapon in action. Bodily fluids splashed everywhere. It was not pretty.
So, anyway. I felt sorry for the sick kid. Really sorry. I felt sorry for the other kid who had to come in and clean up the mess (which, I must add, also got on the walls). I felt sorry for the kids and their parents who lost it. I even felt a little sorry for myself, but I managed to hold it together.
But, again, the movie was really good! Harry, Ron, and Hermione were adorable! Snape made me squeal!
On to books. Last night I read Leaving Normal by Stef Ann Holm. It’s really good. Quiet and lovely, with a beautifully written romance that just makes your heart go warm and fuzzy. There’s no murder, no car chases, no violence…just two people falling into friendship, and then love.
I also made another bookstore run (and can now safely announce that I’ll be signing X-Men: Dark Mirror at Barnes and Noble in Bloomington, Indiana, on January 7th at 2 P.M.). I picked up:
After the Long Goodbye by Masaki Yamada
A Knight’s Honor by Connie Mason
Blood: The Last Vampire by Mamoru Oshii
The Men Who Stare At Goats by Jon Ronson
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
Sin City: Hell and Back by Frank Miller
Much reading to do, and much writing. This is going to be a fun weekend.