Tuesday, August 21, 2012
I'd vowed to read something happier after the disturbing books I've been choosing lately, so what do I do? Yeah, I read a zombie novel. I find them irresistible. "Devil's Wake," which I believe kicks of a new series, was pretty good. I like zombie books that take place when the zombie apocalypse kicks off. What starts it in "Devil's Wake"? The combination of a flu vaccine for a new strain of the illness, and a special mushroom that dieters take to suppress their appetite. The heroes of the story are teenagers, which I liked but found perplexing at first; I couldn't figure out why this wasn't a teen book. But it's written like an adult book, so I let go of my confusion. The book opens with following the separate experiences of Kendra and a group of juvenile offenders who are serving their time by working at a summer camp. Kendra and the teens soon cross paths and join forces to find a safe place in a world overrun by zombies. Toward the end, there's a supernatural element introduced that I didn't feel was necessary, but I did enjoy this book and would read others if the series continues. I also didn't find this book as gory as other zombie books I've read, which might make it more tolerable for those who don't relish blood and guts. There was greater emphasis placed on the internal life of the characters -- their concerns about family members, anxieties, confusion, connections to each other.
Oh, how I love graphic novels. I've taken to reading them between bigger books, viewing them as a palate cleanser. I was a wee bit Poe obsessed in junior high and high school, so I thought I'd check out this volume. It's ... interesting. The authors give their takes on famous Poe poems and short stories. They've adapted a lot of Poe's text and paired it with visuals of mad dentists, murderers, zombies, and so on. And after each adaption they provide the original Poe text. My only complaint about this graphic novel? There was no adaptation of my favorite Poe work, "The Masque of the Red Death."
Monday, August 20, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
*DISCLAIMER* this review contains a tiny bit of a spoiler...
Only 293 pages?!?
I've been undecided on whether or not I like this book, and now that I know the page number (I was reading it as an ebook, so I was happily living in that electronicVOIDof-page-numbers.), I think maybe I don't, because it felt like 593 pages.
I get that it's a challenge to make a werewolf interesting, and the prose was somewhat compelling (I did have to look up no less than a dozen words, so at least my vocabulary spiked after reading this novel). A werewolf isn't glamorous like a vampire. He's savage and erotic, apparently. There was WAYY too much sex in this book, especially in reference to a very uncomfortable place ("like the back of a Volkswagen?"). I think this book might have been misogynistic as well, though it's a fuzzy line that will most definitely be answered with the second in this series, which is written from a female werewolf's perspective. I will give that one a few chapters, to see if he writes for Talullah differently than he wrote for the hypersexed and unlikable Jake, though my hopes are not high.
I keep trying to love werewolves because I like people and I like wolves and I like shapeshifting, but it's just never as good as Wolf's Rain. Perhaps I should just watch that series again and shut up about it already...
Since I like to read something light a lot of nights just before I fall asleep, I've starting picking up comic collections to read. I've read Dilbert from almost day one, and it was entertaining to go back and reread some of the earlier comics. Seeing how new and amazing the Internet was considered was funny.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The 2nd book in the Jeff Resnick Mysteries by L. L. Bartlett. It explains some of what happens in Book 1 so you are not at a total loss on how he got his sixth sense. I read this one really quick. It was a nice weekend read. Through a couple of curves in trying to figure out "who dun it".