Most Recent Reads
The most recent books I've read were Stephen King's Joyland and Robert Galbraith's (aka J.K. Rowling) Cuckoo's Calling. When you think of mindless summer reads, these two fit the bill perfectly. Both were easy to read and at times engrossing. Neither really wowed me.
King provided a taut coming-of-age story with a sense of doom that never came to the kind of spooky climax I desired. Rowling/Galbraith displayed her talents for character and setting, but succumbed to private eye tropes in the end for a disappointing denouement.
A Look Back
I'm a slow reader, so every year I've made it a goal to read at least a book a month. So far, here are the ones I've finished:
- Train Dreams
- Baseball in Blue and Gray
- Night of the Hunter
- A Walk in the Woods
- Sunset Park
- Driving Mr. Albert
- Man in the High Castle
- Someone Could Get Hurt
- Tenth of December
- Cuckoo's Calling
I think my favorite of the year so far is Night of the Hunter, by Davis Grubb. The movie was also pretty decent, but it doesn't create the same tension as the book. Robert Mitchum is perfect as the menacing "preacher" Harry Powell, and you can see the seeds of his later portrayal of Max Cady in Cape Fear, but the movie gets a little cheesy. The book is a great thriller and an easy read.
The library, as always seems to be the case anymore, has a couple books waiting for me. Hopefully, I'll find time to read them. Maybe not. We'll see.
First is Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson, about the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and America's first serial killer. I've been kind of obsessed with this era of U.S. history, with industrialization and the inventors and tycoons who made it possible. This book has long been on my "to read" list, but was reminded of it after seeing an episode of Haunted History about Dr. H.H. Holmes' "Murder Castle."
The other book is Chuck Palahniuk's most recent novel, Doomed, which CRAP! I just realized is a sequal to a book I didn't read. I used to be a major fanboy of Palahniuk, but he got off into this raunchy stuff after a while, and I lost interest. I thought I'd give him another chance. I hope I didn't need to read that other book to enjoy this one.
Poor Comic Books
I feel terrible. I haven't picked up my comics in more than a month, and I don't have the time or money to do so now. I'm just leaving my local comic book shop out to dry, and I feel guilty. Should I be a good patron and call to say I'm sorry? Or should I just avoid the store forever? You choose!
What have you been reading, teammates? Anything you can't put down? Anything you've read that people should stay away from reading? Let us know in the comments!