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Monday, January 09, 2006

On Harvey & Eck - Part 1

I am a Chosen One (and I am also "esteemed" and flattered to be thusly thunked). I have been honored with the happy (I hope/expect) privilege of reviewing Erin O'Brien's first published novel, Harvey & Eck. I was and am extremely excited about this opportunity. And I am looking forward to getting started.

In that regard, I received a package in the mail from Erin this weekend. It was a large box. I took a picture of it and was going to post it here, but of course on closer review my full name and home address (for the time being) were clearly visible in the photo. I'm into sharing, but not that much!

But I waste time ... so we opened the box, eagerly anticipating poring over the book and savoring the prose presented therein. But instead all I found were the several beautifully wrapped items pictured above. (That is a real picture of those things.)

CONFIDENTIAL TO ERIN - Are you going to send me the book?

I do not want my objectivity to be swayed by the almost certainly wonderful and enchanting presents prior to the publishment of my review of your book, so we did not open any of these items.


Blogger Erin O'Brien said...

my darling garrett,

The book is the one wrapped with a red ribbon.



1:15 PM, January 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's all that other stuff?

Letters and such?

1:25 PM, January 09, 2006  
Blogger Dongley Shlongford said...

The word 'lingham' doesn't get enough play these days. Do you use this word in any of your work?

Just once I'd like to kick back with a high ball of Don Julio and a good book and see lingham play an important role.

1:35 PM, January 09, 2006  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 said...

That's funny...Garrett didn't want to open the gifts because it might sway his opinion yet the book is one of those gifts.


I am laughing! Hee, hee, hee (that is how a 7 foot tall Libertarian Viking laughs at something).

1:56 PM, January 09, 2006  
Blogger garrett said...

You can't fool me, Erin!! I could tell from smelling that package that it was stuffed with 100 dollar bills. Nice try!

3:22 PM, January 09, 2006  
Blogger PDD said...

Hey, wait a second. You got more gifts than me.

I got the same city buddha (loved it), the same card from an award winning photographer, but those packages look to be bigger.

Mine were also wrapped in the same paper and ribbons, which I loved. Erin did a fine wrapping job. I have retained everything, including the bubble wrap.

3:44 PM, January 09, 2006  
Blogger Erin O'Brien said...

Really, anonymous,

Do you think I would reveal any secret other than the book?

Of course not!

And that's some wishful thinking about the bills garrett. But er, no, it's really just the book.

4:32 PM, January 09, 2006  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 said...

I noticed that PDD did not have any ethical dilemma concerning accepting gifts.

Get reading!!

Next week, perhaps we should have something like the Oprah Book Club where we all get together with the author and discuss the book.

By the way, has anyone read A Million Tiny Pieces or whatever that book was called? My wife has been reading it and driving me nuts about it. I was wondering if it is worth a read.

Erin, I am a picky reader and something has to really capture my attention before I can start it (much less finish it).

I have read everything that I can put my hands on by Vonnegut, Hemingway and John Irving. I have read some Kerouac. I love the classics (Moby Dick, Tale of Two Cities, Catcher in the Rye).

I have seen the movie, but I do intend to pick up a copy of and read Leaving Las Vegas.

Given your profession, I assume that you are well read and that you might have some good suggestions - consider a post regarding your favorite novels/books/literature....provided you are not too busy working on the collection of penis and fart jokes that I suggested previously (because I assume that if I suggest something, you immediately run off to start on it).

Respectfully yours,


4:59 PM, January 09, 2006  
Blogger Hairy Prison Guard said...

Flamingo1, I had a dream the other afternoon that if it was a movie could have been called "A Million Tiny Pieces."

And guess what - you were the big star. The big star that burst, that is. Into a Million Tiny Pieces and so on and so forth.


5:13 PM, January 09, 2006  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 said...

Isn't a big star that bursts called a Nova?

I would rather be a 1968 Chevelle SS.

Thanks, anyway, Hairy.

5:29 PM, January 09, 2006  
Blogger Hairy Prison Guard said...

Don't talk to me.


5:40 PM, January 09, 2006  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 said...

Dear Hairy Prison Moron - I was talking to Erin and Garrett on this blog - you were the one that commented to me on the Million Tiny Pieces bursting mumbo jumbo. I just responded to you.

Maybe if you just SHUT THE HELL UP I would leave your silly prison blog alone. I think you originally got upset at something you read on my blog anyway. Why not do exactly what you are suggesting and BOYCOTT me - go visit Drea instead. The two of you can pray for my rotten, black soul.

6:05 PM, January 09, 2006  
Blogger PDD said...

All I know regarding "A Million Tiny Pieces" is that it involves copious amounts of drugs.

Just for the record, I am very appreciative of all of the gifts Erin O'Brien has sent me. And she has good taste.



9:46 AM, January 10, 2006  
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