Friday, 22 April 2016
After an hour or so, we arrived at Evercreech Forest Reserve.
This place looked pretty yet sorely under-utilised - it had toilets and fire places and plenty of green grass and a stream through the picnic grounds - it was very similar to Liffey Falls except that you weren't allowed to camp which seems a shame. Our walk was short yet pleasant which was a good thing - we were getting a little burnt out (check out Jett's expression below)..
We were so lucky with the weather - the first night at our favourite camping spot was the coldest (mostly because it was in a shadowy valley under trees), but the days were warm and lovely - we cycled in t-shirts and even in the higher altitudes we just needed jackets. After 3 nights of car camping we were both ready to get home and clean and sleep in comfy beds - but I'm really glad I got to spend that time with Jett - he was the perfect adventure buddy !
** I find it hard to choose new books from the library's digital site - it's tricky without the normal cues of the cover art, being able to have a quick flick through or reading the one-line reviews on the back cover. Sometimes even knowing the length of the book is useful too - again very difficult when you are browsing digital shelves. I'm also a bit fussy I like modern literature, and books with snow on the cover, and although not exclusively - I also like books by Scandinavian authors (I figure if they bother translating them to english, they must be pretty good). also there's a high chance that snow will feature in some way. I don't like mysteries, horror, fantasy, or historic fiction that much.
So when I chose 'Let the right one in' from not too far down the 'order by popularity' section, by John Ajvide Lindquist, I figured it sounded about right. Swedish (check), modern (check), likely to include snow (check). Maybe it was a modern day story set in Stockholm, with a hint of romance I thought to myself..
So after the rather convoluted process of borrowing the book and putting it onto my Kobo reader, I turned to the first page (which is when you can see the reviews) - here is an abbreviated extract:
Let the Right One In is a book to inspire boldness.. Both a grisly horror-filled mystery and a very touching and human love story.. If you read only one gore-filled, vampire love story.. make sure it's Let the Right On In
Well. Bugger. That wasn't what I was expecting. I'm reading it anyway - partly because it's the absolute opposite of anything I would choose so maybe it's good for me, and partly because I can't face trying to find something else. So what could be better to read while camping in the forest in the middle of nowhere than a story about a vampire waiting in the woods for its next victim..