Hello everyone, more filler for you guys until I come back next week and talk about books I’ve read, and ones I’ve already talked about, that’s right I’ve actually accomplished something! Another thing I’d like to point out is that yes I am super lame and won’t be theming all my posts after Halloween stuff as I don’t really do much for Halloween and I’m not morbid like Justin. In fact after next week I’ll be starting up a run of The Critic that’s completely dedicated to the work of Kevin Smith, but more of that next week. This week I have two more books that if you haven’t read you need to go out and read NOW! I’ll even squeeze in a bit of a Halloween appropriate book in this post. Onward!
Author: Cormac McCarthy
There are two books I’m comfortable with saying that are the best books I’ve ever read: The Name of the Wind by Pat Rothfuss and this book right here. I’m a big fan of the post apocalyptic anything, video games, comics, movies, and books and this book is absolutely brilliant, it doesn’t so much focus on the fact that the world as we know it is over but it’s more about the relationship between a father and his son.
“The searing, postapocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy’s masterpiece.A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food-—and each other.The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, “each the other’s world entire,” are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.”
This is a book for mature readers, not necessarily because of what happens, it can just be a hard book to read. One of the main reasons behind that is McCarthy’s style of writing, he uses no quotation marks when people are talking and very little punctuation of any other sort. But if you can work your way around it this book is one of the most rewarding pieces of fiction you will ever read.
Book: American Gods
Author: Neil Gaiman
Honestly it’s not fair for me to pick a single Neil Gaiman book for you to read, you really just need to go out and buy all of his books and read them all. Gaiman is one of the greatest writers of our time and this is my favourite book of his, if you are a fan of mythology, fantasy, and even a bit of science fiction, read this book!
“A storm is coming . . .
Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.
But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.
Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined—it is a job that takes him on a dark and strange road trip and introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. Along the way Shadow will learn that the past never dies; that everyone, including his beloved Laura, harbors secrets; and that dreams, totems, legends, and myths are more real than we know. Ultimately, he will discover that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and that he is standing squarely in its path.”
If you don’t feel like reading this books, first off GET OUT, and secondly HBO is getting ready to run a series based off of this book, so you can be lazing and just watch TV instead of helping your brain out in any way whatsoever. But seriously, just read this book, read all of his books and just have fun. Neil Gaiman knows what he is doing like very few authors currently out there. Do yourself a favour and read his work. Please.
Well there you have it, two more great books that everyone should read. How are these Halloweeny? It’s a bit of a stretch but The Road takes place in a post-apocalyptic America and American Gods is written by Neil Gaiman. What does it being written by Mr. Gaiman have to do with Halloween you ask? Well first off thank you for asking such a fantastic question! Secondly for the last few years Neil Gaiman has created a new tradition for All Hallows Eve, something that I think is a brilliant idea called All Hallows Read. Here’s a rundown of what it is:
Cool idea right? Want to learn more? Check it out on this site HERE. Yeah…that’s about all the Halloween you’re going to get from me until the 30th. What’s happening then? Wait and find out. Have a week!
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