Thursday, February 02, 2012

Immersion

I don't read a lot of books, but I do read and when I do I immerse myself.  No, not just the ordinary focus where you forget the hot water is boiling until it has boiled out and heated up the pot to a temperature you could do a little metallurgy if you weren't so damned into your book.

I'm talking about feeling like you're alive into the atmosphere of the storyline and surroundings.  Take my last book.  I just finished "Ghost in the Wires" by Kevin Mitnick.  It's a bit of a geeky book but essentially he was the world's most wanted computer hacker.  The storyline follows a bit like that movie "Catch me if you Can" about the forger except in Kevin's case he didn't do any of it for profit; he was merely curious and did it for the intellectual challenge.  A lot of the book revolves around him watching those trying to catch him and his elaborate techniques to safeguard from getting caught.

After finishing, I kept feeling like federal agents were on my machine, scrutinizing all my music downloads, checking the photos used on my blog for copyright sources.  I was sure that somebody noticed that I removed that mattress tag despite the warning and now I'd have to go into hiding.  Perhaps change my alias from VE to EV.  That'll elude them!

The same thing happened with my last book,  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  I got immersed.  Now I didn't start smoking.  I didn't have the urge to forcibly ram a vibrator up some guys butt (oh, wait, that might be a spoiler...sorry).  But I did find myself immersed in suspicious activities within my family.
Suddenly I began to wonder, "What DID happen with my very first bicycle? It MUST be a conspiracy that I don't still have it 40 some years later." 
And like in the book, I began to keep a wall chart of family member suspects.  What about Grandma?  She threw out everything!  What about my father?  Did he lose it in the divorce?  What about that guy I hated in grade school?  Perhaps he stole it and I've blacked it out of my consciousness!


You can see where this might get to be a problem... 

If I reread Lord of the Rings I might stop wearing shoes and then be inclined to take long walks across private and public lands with the ring from my first marriage hanging around my neck in the hopes of finding the source where it was forged so that I could undo all the bad that was caused while all along trying to avoid contact with my ex and her "dark rider" inlaws.  Whew!
 

There are some books where I fear at some point I might not come back from my immersion...

12 comments:

gab said...

LoL thats why I read romance stories....except the series of J,D Robb they are In Death series you know Magical IN death well ok thats not a title but you get the picture. Oh and the one romance I am reading involves our past history with Indian tribes so maybe its not really a romance novel but a histery book....lol But I do understand what you mean getting caught up into the book as I have done it many times.....

The Incredible Woody said...

So what happens when you read Dr. Seuss?

Mother Theresa said...

For me it's been the Hunger Games trilogy lately...but I'm done with that now, so I need something new to become immersed in. I'll have to check out Ghost in the Wires, it sounds just like my kind of book. :)

sybil law said...

I need new books to read! I've readon The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series - I'll check out the other one you read.
As far as that bicycle, you have me wondering about my own, now. Oh, wait - well - I remember getting the 10 speed... Shit! Huh.

Serena said...

I think you may need some "lighter" reading for the next little while.:)

Beth said...

Best not read Kafka’s The Metamorphosis – you might find yourself turning into an insect!

Thought I was the only one hesitant to remove the mattress tag… ;)

ReformingGeek said...

If you have the same problem with TV, I wouldn't recommend starting Dexter or The Sopranos or Weeds.

What's that I smell?

Oh dear. I think I forget to feed the family. They have died and are stinking up the place. Sigh.

VE said...

gab - I don't think I'll get immersed in anything having to do with a death series...

incredible woody - I avoid green eggs and ham...

mother theresa - That trilogy is making ME hungry...

sybil - Nowadays its up to 27 speeds. How many gears does one really need?

serena - Back to the Dr. Seuss...

beth - That one bugs me...(couldn't resist)...

reforminggeek - I do have a similar problem with movies but not with TV...well, except perhaps Lost. I'm usually in that state anyway...

lime said...

your concern about your bicycle makes me think of pee wee herman's plight in his movie.

Mrsupole said...

You know that if you don't immerse yourself into the book then you know it is not a good book. Not sure why but in the last few years I seem to only read part of a book, set it down and forget about it. I seem to just want to read short stories and move on. Must be due to read blog postings that are short and sweet.

And what the hey, I get sick for a few weeks and then you start posting like crazy. But it is so nice to have you posting more than once every few months.

God bless.

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