Everything’s Eventual

Wednesday already. I wish I could say the time was flowing quickly, but it’s not; it’s just flowing. I can’t really complain, it has been a pretty good week so far, but by all gods great and small, I’m ready for the weekend.

The great decluttering project goes on. Tomorrow is trash day, and in addition to the regular household trash, I toted out 7 large trash bags full of stuff that I’ve been hauling around for far to long to. Some of those items I’ve been moving from one city to the next since I first left college. I found it to be incredibly liberating to finally throw it away. I’ve still got roughly two or three tons of material to go through, but it is a good feeling to know that I’m making progress.

In other news, I stayed awake far to late last night finishing “Lucky Quarter”, the last story in Steven King’s Everything’s Eventual. I should have just stopped when I finished “Riding the Bullet”. I’d have gotten to sleep about 45 minutes earlier, and “Bullet” is a much better story.

I’d guess that I’ve read about 98% of everything King has written. I made it through all seven books of the Dark Tower series. I even read his truly bad novels, the novels he wrote when he was so high on cocaine and other recreational pharmacueuticals that he could barely remember writing them (Tommyknockers, anyone?). Most of his work I have enjoyed a great deal. Even his less than stellar novels (Cujo, The Deadzone, The Dark Half) are usually pretty good reads, but I think I’ve always enjoyed his short stories more than anything else.

I don’t even want to think about how many years ago I read “Graveyard Shift”, the opening story in the collection Night Shift. To this day the thought of being down in the basement of a factory fighting giant rats can scare the absolute bejesus out of me. That same book also had the stories “The Mangler” and introduced us to “The Children of the Corn”.

This latest collection has a total of 14 short stories, including the title story “Everything’s Eventual”, and “1408”, which frankly worked better as a movie than it did as a story. One theme that I noticed was that many of the stories dealt with  the consequences of making a choice. “Riding the Bullet”, the first thing he wrote while recupperating from the accident that almost killed him, is all about the consequences of dealing with a choice; namely the main character’s choice when forced to choose who would die, him or his mother. Not a choice I would ever want to make.

So, now I’m looking for something new to read. I’ve got a couple of more books in the Honoverse series by David Weber, but  I just can’t seem to get excited about them. I am looking for a non-fiction book. I want to get in the habit of reading one non-fiction book for every fiction book. So, if anyone has any good suggestions, drop me a line.