Best line in a work of fiction that I’ve read in a while:
HELLBOY: Lady, I was gonna cut you some slack, ’cause you’re a major mythological figure…
[Hellboy proceeds to gift the Lamia with a sweet uppercut to the jaw: BAPP!!]
Hellboy. Oh, yes, amusing. Witty, sarcastic, well-researched, and full of the mythological, folkloric, and occult. Terribly good. It’s taken me a while to discover it, but now that I have, wow.
So naturally now that I have a lovely big pile of books of and about Norse mythology, I’ve decided I’d rather be reading fiction.
This necessitated a spontaneous trip downtown to second-hand bookstores, where I found four (yes four) out-of-print fantasy titles, plus a Terry Pratchett book (who sells off their Pratchett?), and a nearly-new copy of a recently published book. Then as I wandered through Chapters with my notebook, taking down more titles to look for in second-hand shops, I came across a discounted hardcover edition of a title I’d noted down almost a year ago. Yay me.
What a gorgeous day; it was so nice to be strolling city streets. Everyone’s in a much better mood come the beginning of summer. It won’t last long, of course; soon everyone will moan about the humidity and the heat. Until then, however, I’ll enjoy the sun and the smiles.