Top 5 Items to be Happy About Today:

1. It's Friday.

2. It's sunny here in New York City, our first really warm day of Spring. If meteorologist Al Roker is to be believed, it's supposed to get to 70 degrees.

3. I just received the "Save the Date" refrigerator magnet from my friend for her wedding in November. In Italy. She was inspired after reading Meg Cabot's EVERY BOY'S GOT ONE in which a couple elopes to, you guessed it, Italy. I've never been, so I'm extremely excited.

4. Tomorrow is Saturday.

5. I'm glad I'm not a rat catcher. Seriously, folks. We were talking about Judith Ivory's classic THE PROPOSITION, in which our heroine, a linguist specialist, is challenged to turn a rat catcher into a gentleman and pass him off as a viscount. I love Judith Ivory. I've read every one of her books...except THE PROPOSITION.

Everyone tells me it's one of her best books, and she won the RITA for it. But, perhaps if I imagine the rat catcher to be Nathan Fillion...


Blogger J Perry Stone said:

I understand your apprehension. Rats are vile. But I have to say, The Proposition put Ivory in tier one of my favorite authors.

Amazing book. I actually envy you the fact you haven't read it. And you should know the rats really do have a very minor role.

Goes to show how great writing has the power to make over even the disgusting.

Plus the rat catcher is hottie mama.

You're still not going to read it, are you?

1:39 PM  

Blogger joy said:

Ok. You can't *not* read The Proposition. I will not have it.

2:47 PM  

Blogger Erika said:

I don't know, J Perry...I'm waiting for more people to convince me to read it...

3:04 PM  

Blogger Gin said:

I'll convince you.
1) The hero's a powerful specimen of unpolished male and not ashamed of being earthy.
2) She's awkward and a bit dorky, not a typical heroine at all. Her character is quite endearing and evokes empathy.
3) The story is sweet and funny, while developing the characters both as individuals and a couple.
4) Really, very little rat-tage. I'll send you a list of page numbers to avoid.

I do envy that you get to read the ratcatcher book for the first time. I wish that I could selectively erase memories of books, so that I can be pleasantly surprised all over again.

3:26 PM  

Blogger J Perry Stone said:

Erika, ten to one Harrison Ford has killed a rat in his time.

You're going to read it now, aren't you?

3:54 PM  

Blogger Gin said:

Harrison Ford would make a lousy Mick, unfortunately. On the other hand, Clive Owen would be perfect in the role...

4:06 PM  

Anonymous Vicki said:

No, no, no! Clive is not a rat catcher! No. Clive is a Duke, an Earl, a Viscount, possibly even a self-made, incredibly wealthy cit, but he is not a rat catcher.

8:46 PM  

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