June 6th, 2014


Blue Light, by Walter Mosley

Blue Light is kind of an odd duck, but I found it really entertaining, particularly the first half, which has some Lovecraftian overtones... a soupçon of "The Colour Out of Space" and a dash of "Beyond the Wall of Sleep".

The titular blue light shines down out of space onto the Bay Area in the 1960s. It touches a few people, and slowly transforms them -- they gain certain insights or little powers. They come together as a cult of sorts, and begin to make sense of their new status, led by a leader who seems to know just half a page more than the rest of them. But not everyone is transformed in a beneficial way, and all of them are dealing with greater or smaller amounts of craziness. And someone or something seems to be hunting and killing them. I really dug this half of the book, but later they go out and hide in the forests of Northern California and form a defensive little community out there. It really kind of feels like two novellas smashed together to make one novel. Also, there are about six hundred characters that are hard to keep track of. But on the whole I enjoyed it.

House things

We received three offers on the house. We sent out counteroffers, and got some responses, and just a few minutes ago, we accepted one of them. It's not signed, sealed, and delivered, but we may have just sold our house.

On the buying front, we made an offer on the hipster place. We've received a counteroffer. I expect there were a lot of offers, so they're probably fishing for more money. But I figger -- hey, these people are hipsters... Let's send in the same offer, but we'll put a bird on it. It's a lock.

We dithered on the coke palace with a view, but ultimately we decided not to make an offer. And there's more fish in the sea at open houses this weekend.