I had breakfast with two friends this morning. We have decided to start a book club where we will meet for breakfast and discuss the chosen book. I personally think this is just the best excuse to eat but anyone who knows me well understands that I have a voracious appetite for books as well. I have read fair books, good books, excellent books and books that I buy in hardcover so that I can reread over and over. I am not so much interested in self help books and "get to know your inner self" type books because quite frankly most of that stuff is crap. You want to know your inner self, get a councilor. My friend Janet tells me "Oh heavens do you know who died"? I asked her if it was going to make me cry because since I have been without sugar since lent started, everything either pisses me off or makes me cry. She said you will probably cry. Robert B. Parker died. For me as a reader, this was an honest to God moment when I had to concentrate not to have tears run down my face for a man I don't even know. If you are readers and like detective stories you need to start at the beginning of the series and go straight through. He has written over 50 books and I love each and every one. Once I read the first one, I sat and finished about 10 in a week. I shared with those I know that like books, how wonderful the series was and my friend got me about 15 signed hardbacks as a gift. These are easy reads and so much fun. These books won't solve world peace or get rid of hunger. Reading these books will not solve what is happening with all the bozos in Washington. They will not give you answers of why you have to have the toilet paper wrapped a certain way or why your kids are morons. But for a moment in time you will escape to some other place and in your imagination walk with the characters in the book and learn about their lives.
So please do yourself a favor and look on line to fantasticfiction.com and type in Robert Parker's name. It will give you a list of all his books. Start at the beginning and you can follow through and watch how he makes his characters grow from book to book. It just slays me that I will not find out what happens... does Jessie end up with Sunny??? How about Pearl the Wonder dog and will Sunny get a new dog since Rosie died. What will happen to Hawk and Vinnie? I guess that I will have to use my own imagination and put my ending for each of these characters that have entertained me for years.
So for Sunny, Jessie, Henry, Hawk, Vinny, Susan, Spencer, Pearl the Wonder dog, Rosie the Miniature Bull Terrier and a host of other characters you will live on for me on my bookcase shelve and you will be reread often. I will really miss you Robert Parker and my sympathy to your family and to your wife Joan to whom you dedicated each of your books.