I am a couple of days late in getting this post up. Oh well.
Update on my book--I loved The Thorn BIrds...for the first few hundred pages. Now that I am in the last two parts of the novel, which focus on Dane and Justine, I just don't care. It feels like the plot is dragging out. There are a couple of threads that need to be resolved, but she's taking her sweet time in getting there--which is pissing me off. It's a saga; I know it's supposed to describe a lifetime and that some things take a lifetime to get resolved, but...cut to the chase! Plus Justine is just really abrasive and I don't like her one bit, so I have a hard time wanting to read about her. (When I wrote that sentence, I kept using "It" instead of "Her," which is interesting because when she was a baby her mom didn't like her and thought she was really ugly and unpleasant [which she totally was and remains so] and kept calling her an it) I have about 120 pages left, so I'm going to finish the thing, but I don't think I'm going to love it as much as my mom and grandma did (which kind of makes me feel really super bad).