Considering I had one hour of sleep between 8am Friday morning and 11pm Saturday night (and that was a nap in Eric’s ugly, green chair), it’s not surprising that I couldn’t keep my eyes open by hour 23 of the read-a-thon. If I do this again, a little more planning might be in order.
Compared to other readers, I didn’t get through too many pages. For me, I did pretty well. 230 pages on Ripley Under Water, 26 pages of The Two Towers, a couple articles, and 167 pages of Slippage.. That’s more than I’ve read in a long while and I enjoyed it. If there’s one thing I don’t have in my schedule, it’s reading time.
Book #19 – Ripley Under Water
This is the last book in the Ripley series, or Ripliad. I’ve now read four out of the five. Under Water is pretty much the direct sequel of the first two books. It was published 36 years after The Talented Mr. Ripley and eleven years after the previous Ripley novel The Boy Who Followed Ripley (the only one I haven’t read yet). Under Water is no where as good as the first three. It is meticulously plotted. Everything that needs to happen happens. The problem is that what happens isn’t very interesting. There are many conversations, “real” sounding as they may be–filled with tangents and inside jokes, that just don’t go any where. Ripley’s charmingly psychopathic habits of gardening and killing people wear a little thin when too much time is spent on the gardening. Very little happens over the course of 300 pages when the set-up is one that could lead to Ripley coming up against an actual challenge. Ah, well.