I just finished a book. It felt good. Damn good. This is the first book that I've finished reading in the better part of three years, and it feels like it took three years to get through it. Vernor Vinge's Deepness in the Sky was the novel, and it was as long as it was epic. A work of literature right up there in my list of favorites with Kim Stanley Robinson and David R. George III. Why'd it take so long? Because I've been way too distracted by a great number of things.
That said, with this epic book completed, I'll get to enjoy that other pastime that goes hand-in-hand with reading; reflection.
Re-examining a book and looking over the storyline to fill in the gaps that I had missed is one of the most rewarding aspects that comes with finishing a book. While I may not completely agree with how Mr. Vinge decided to end his story, I can certainly see why he writes so many epic stories. It's also clear to see that the man is as fascinated by the concept of "deep time" as Isaac Asimov and other giants in the field of science fiction.
For the next set of books I plan on grabbing a new Star Trek book and putting it to the test. As for what's after that, a re-read of some of the more complex stories from my past may be in order. Either that, or something completely new.