Happy New Year and Black History Month! 2015 was one of the toughest years in a long time for me and many others, and as such I was not sad to see it go. I subscribed to the mass optimism of 2016 as the year for renewal, rebirth and whatever other r-word applies… reinvigorate? I know, it’s kind of silly to do and believe this, but it brought me a sense of hope even if distorted.
When I heard about the book series, I wanted to read just to get a better idea of del Toro’s storytelling and writing style beyond the screen. I’ve been a fan since Pan’s Labyrinth (though technically Hellboy, director wise) and even saw the film in theaters. Afterwards, I made an effort to see more of his original works, but so far that’s resulted in only watching The Devil’s Backbone (for shame LA). I plan to redeem myself, somewhat, by catching his Gothic Romance, Crimson Peak in theaters soon. Apparently the genre is something that’s been reiterated by not only del Toro, but the actors as well. I imagine this is because many assume it’s another horror/ghosts flick. I am not familiar with the genre much myself, but am definitely looking forward to the story and all the wonderful imagery I’ve come to expect from del Toro’s films.
Having read and become a fan of A House on Mango Street, there was little hesitation in acquiring this collection. At the time I read A House on Mango Street (high school) I wasn’t aware Cisneros also wrote poetry (or forgot). With my interest in poetry resurging and also wanting to tackle my neglected short reads, Loose Woman seemed ideal. In fact, I’m not sure why I didn’t grab it off my shelf sooner.
So far, I would say what has been said about the work isn’t fluff. Keep Reading
Whenever I come across anything described as “unique,” my right eyebrow raises ever so slightly, but with respects to Henderson’s debut novel this is fair.
Stranded in Sunshine is the story of what happens when 11 people are invited to live in a recently abandoned shopping mall in order to create, a small sector of, civilization anew. While the premise may read as the plot to a reality show, it’s in the method Henderson chose to deliver the story that helps it earn its “unique” cred. Each chapter is through the eyes of a different character and plays out like a satirical soap opera.
“‘Forget technology, we’re starting… drum roll, please… A Better Place.’”
As a means to rejuvenate the leisure parts of my brain, I decided to look at some of the books on my shelf that are shorter reads and make my way through them, a sort of self challenge, if you will. The first one on my list, even though I’m someone who reads several books at once, was Sijie’s Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. Now, I had no idea about the author or the book, it was one of those purchases that caught my eye and had the potential to be interesting. I judged the book by its cover and it paid off. Ignoring the quoted praise and National Bestseller*, I focused on the spine, title, and the cover photograph. All captivating and well done. I also enjoy exposing myself to more authors/writers from around the world whenever possible, so that was an additional incentive for me to get it.
The story is one that tells the life of childhood friends sent into “The Cultural Revolution” Keep Reading
As mentioned it’s not only Fall but October, and while I know I have a number of reads to get through this year, I wanted to actually read something out of the horror/thriller genre. After coming across this list of 50 Scariest Books, what better way to kick of this notion than revisiting a childhood classic? It’s been decades since I’ve read Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I couldn’t get enough of the tales the books contained and the illustrations were perfectly creepy. I remember reading the whole series, but only a few stories remained in my head. Keep Reading
Wouldn’t you know it, it’s October which can be a fun time for many of those enjoying the full swing of Fall (or Spring in the other hemisphere) and the welcoming of Halloweenish festivities. However, just as I was planning to get things back on track with this site and my writing. Life, threw another curve. This one has been harder to bounce back from…but I am trying to do so and hope that things will resume a little closer to normal either before this week is out, or the next. Thanks for your patience, and hope everyone is enjoying the season.