I’ve just started reading John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee books. I’ve only finished the first novel in the series, The Deep Blue Good-by, but I’ve got the next three books in the series ordered via Amazon. They should be here today or on Monday. I’m really excited about them.
I’m not a John Grisham fan. My taste in legal thrillers runs more towards Scott Turow. I was no more excited to pick up Ford County, Grisham’s first short story than I would be to spend time in Grisham’s Ford County, Mississippi. Grisham’s breakthrough novel, A Time to Kill, was set in Ford County, a part of Grisham’s Mississippi now home to each of the stories in the book.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a parody novel that reworks Jane Austen’s chick lit classic into a fanboy tale of fights, gore, and mass terror. The romance elements of the original novels remain. 85% of the writing remains the words of Jane Austen.
Seth Grahame-Smith wrote the other 15% of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. He turns the book into a mash-up of Regency-era romantic plots alongside ninja fights and undead zombie attacks. The book got a lot of buzz when it first came out in 2009. It received a second printing before release.
In my first book review, I reviewed a book about a fictional calamity (World War Z). Today’s book review is A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman about “The Calamitous 14th Century“. This is an old history book published back in 1978, but I liked it. Continue reading
I read Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury earlier this year. I had high expectations for this book, especially considering the reviews I’d read that described the prose as having a poetic quality. I have to admit I was disappointed, I’m afraid. Continue reading
Today’s book review is more a review of a series of books: the “Brief History” series. The Brief History series offers quick surveys of a specific event, place, or time period throughout history. Continue reading
I wrote about World War Z as a fictional oral history of a zombie apocalypse. In that post, I talked about Studs Terkel’s oral histories and still recommend books of his like The Good War and Working. That’s got me to reading other oral histories and I wanted to talk about one today, just to show everyone this type of journalism or history writing can cover any subject. I want to talk about Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge. Continue reading