Thursday, August 30, 2012

read

A few books I read recently. I'll start with my favorite and work my way down.


How can you not read a book called John Dies at the End? Basically, you have to read it just to find out who John is, if he really dies, and how. 

This book was on a list of science-fiction books that are being made into movies, which is why I read it. My understanding is this will be released in early 2013 now that they've found a distributor for it (here's a link to the trailer). It's considered "comedic horror," I think, and it does a good job of being both funny and scary. It preys upon your own paranoia, mentioning things you may have only mentioned to yourself, like how scary you look in the bathroom mirror in the middle of the night. 

I found it downright entertaining, if not a little goofy, and maybe a teensy bit amateurish. I'm OK with that, though, because I'm an amateur, too. The author, David Wong, wrote this in his spare time while doing data entry during the daytime for an insurance company or something ridiculous like that. Which I love, because this was obviously a passion-project. I recommend it if you like science fiction/horror/monster stories, especially if you're into reading the book before seeing the movie.

Also, there's apparently a sequel I've yet to read called This Book is Full of Spiders. Ha! 




So, Warm Bodies is basically the zombie version of Twilight. The writing is better, but the author seems to have written it with the idea of it being made into a movie, because it's got some very cliche movie-type moments. 

Still, it's a slightly new take on zombies, written from the point of view of our main character, who is himself a zombie named "R," because he can't remember his full name. He falls in love with a human girl, which is an issue because she's, like, food and stuff. And this is being made into a movie, set to be released in February 2013 (because it's a romance, kind of, I guess?). The casting is a little odd to me -- "R" is played by relative unknown Nicholas Hoult, which is fine. Other actors are James Franco's little brother Dave, John Malkovich, and Rob Corddry (as R's zombie buddy, "M.") The girl, Julie, is being played by another low-profile Australian actress, Teresa Palmer. There's no trailer yet.

Overall I'd say it probably wasn't worth the $9.99 I paid to download it on my kindle, although it kept me mostly entertained, save a few eye-rolling "seriously?" moments. If you can get it cheaper or from a library, I'd say go for it. 




 
So finally, a book that's not being made into a movie! (as far as I know, anyway) 

What I really liked about Revolution was that I actually learned something about the French Revolution. There are a lot of little details that never make it to the history books, so if you're into history, or France, or you're a teenage girl, this book might be right up your alley. 

I mainly didn't fully appreciate this book because it was soooooo angsty. The main character is a teenage girl who's had a tragedy in her family, so you'd think I could forgive her the angst, but I just couldn't. She simply wouldn't shut up about how depressed she was. In real life I have all the sympathy in the world for people suffering from depression, but this character just got on my damn nerves. 

Thankfully by the end of the book she pulls her head out of her ass. She embarks on a sweet adventure and learns some shit and it's all good. But I never quite escaped the feeling of reading a book meant to appeal to teens while also shoving a little knowledge in their brains. Which: This actually is a book for young readers. 

All that said, everyone else I know who has read this book REALLY liked it, and it has great reviews on goodreads, so please take my review with a grain of salt.


That's all for now! Right now I'm reading Oryx & Crake and really liking it. I'm open to more suggestions, too!

8 comments:

  1. Oh, so they're remaking "My Boyfriend's Back" and "Night of the Living Dead 3" ... OK ... (BTW: "My Boyfriend's Back" is CLASSIC. Awesome, funny movie.)

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    1. I didn't see the originals of either of those! But I'll give MBB a shot. :)

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    2. MBB is mostly comedy with a zombie twist. Night of the Living Dead 3 -- straight-up horror.

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    3. For some reason I do much better with written straight-up horror than movie horror. I end up with nightmare both ways, but they're more vivid with movies. :)

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  2. John Dies at the End. That is one book I refuse to read just based on the title. How could you!?!

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  3. I loved Oryx and Crake, it was one of those books I didn't want to end. The Year of the Flood is a kind of prequel to it but not as good.

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    1. I didn't know that! Just added that and MaddAddam to my "to-read" list.

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