I tried. Really, I tried. But I use a reading light, you see. It’s because my wife doesn’t like to sleep with the lights on, and I can’t read in the dark. So the reading light is our solution. But as with all things, batteries don’t last forever, and so mine died before I was even a full page into Hook&Jill by Andrea Jones. No worries, I have spare AAs… somewhere. I dug and dug, and found four. My light needs four because it’s old and inefficient. I changed the batteries and again set myself to reading, but then the bulb went out. Again, I have spares. I changed the bulb in the dark. It’s tricky business getting those two teensy weensy prongs to fit in place without being able to see. But as with all things, I was victorious in the end. I read another paragraph…
and then the bulb again died. I again replaced it. That one burned out too.
Come morning, I learned that two of my AA batteries only *felt* like ordinary AA’s. Had I been able to see them, I would have known they were special voltage AA’s intended for my cordless mouse. I guess that’s why the bulbs kept overloading and burning out. But burn out they did, and so here is my review of Hook&Jill, as best I can do without having been able to see the words:
Hook&Jill is dark. It’s very, very dark. As I recall, from before the darkness overcame me, it had a rather cool cover. With a pirate, I think. The story is very bleak and black. I think it might mention the lost boys. And probably mermaids. Red Handed Jill either refers to Wendy’s pirate persona, or Jill from Jack&Jill fame after she did away with her brother, clocking him upside the head with her water pail – I was never really clear on this. Peter Pan may or may not play a role in this story – I’d hate to spoil the surprise, and also I don’t know. There’s also a crocodile maybe. The end.
OK, so maybe I should go to the store and buy some new bulbs and batteries. I’d buy a more modern reading light, but I tried that once before and it lit up the whole room brighter than our ceiling light, thus defeating the entire purpose. I’ll try reading this book again – and writing a more coherent review – shortly. In the meantime, check out Bilgemunky Radio. I hear it’s rather good.