I think I'm supporting a new subgenre of books. While it's no Debunk-The-Da-Vinci-Code (a popular publication frenzy to insist that a fictional novel isn't a nonfiction exposé), the budding industry of People- Dying-in-the-Wilderness fascinates me. Maybe it speaks to my secret desire to escape civilization for the dwindling death of deserty solitude and dehydration.
But, I love my nutrition too much.
And I'm not too askew to recognize the irony of fashioning an idealistic suicide as a means to thumb my then-deceased nose at the very objects of my misanthropy.
Since reading INTO THE WILD (a product of my viewing GRIZZLY MAN), I purchased a used (and cheap) copy of THE JOURNAL OF THE DEAD (TJotD), which sounds potentially menacing and vaguely necromantic.
TJotD has proven to be a somewhat divergent from the other two tales. Witness the blurbs from the front and back covers:
Raffi Kodikian and David Coughlin
headed off on an American rite of
passage: a cross-country road trip.
When they reached the New Mexico
desert, they stopped to camp overnight
in Rattlesnake Canyon. Expecting
to be back on the road early the next
morning, they took just three pints
of water. But they lost their way in
the desert. Four days later help arrived...
Authorities...made a grim and shocking
discovery. Kodikian freely admitted that
he stabbed Coughlin twice in the heart.
Had there been a darker motive than
mercy? And how could anyone, under
any circumstance, kill his best friend?
While an utterly fascinating report on the incidents surrounding Coughlin's death, I was disappointed in TJotD's dry prose, which is dry enough to contribute to the parched lips and cramping stomachs of any would-be-hikers reading the book during some jaunt through nature (should they dare to bring along like some welcome portent). But, it's certainly a rendering of a captivating tale -- one destined to leave the reader with conflicted notions of what might have happened and why.
Favourite book/s? White Oleander, Sabriel, Brave New World, Oryx and Crake, Suburbia, Fahrenheit 451, 1984, This Way for Gas Ladies and Gentlemen, Painted Bird
Favourite writer/s? Garth Nix, Roald Dahl, Ray Bradbury,
What was the last thing you read? The Virgin Suicides
What are you reading now? Nothing at the moment
What do you like to read? (Poetry? Fiction? What genre?) Fiction everything. I love it all.
What do you enjoy most about reading? I enjoy the style of writing. How the author is able to convey certain aspects about characters or certain emotions without saying them.
Worst book you've ever read? (Why?) To Kill a Mockingbird. It's too overrated.
Why do you read? I read because I like to see how authors express themselves. I read because that is what I consider a good time.
In what ways do books play a part in your life? Books keep me sane. They give me ideas. They inspire me.
My Name is Lyssa. I'm 18. I love reading. I love writing. I'm very picky about what I read, but when I find a good book I can't put it down. I will stay up well into the night (2 a.m.) reading, and my academics often suffer because I can never put a good book down. Books are captivating.
Well I hope to get some good reading :]
Books I want to read:
Guns, Germs, and Steel
Review for Armand the Vampire by Anne Rice (As if you didn't know)
Well, it was dramatic, and it held my attention, but for some reason I steer clear of Anne Rice books, because when people see you reading them, they start talking to you like they know you and they assume they know what you're all about. (you know, one of those freaks who want to be a damned vampire themselves--you know the ones, those who watch Queen of the Damned over and over like it's Passion of the Christ for a holy roller or something.)
Apart from being embarassed at having picked it up, if you've read the other books (which I have), then it's pretty okay. You have to take a break every once in awhile, though, because of her continual drama that seems to choke the life out of you and make you want to climb up on the eiffel tower and plummet to your doom.
No, once you actually get back to the story about Lestat and his silence on the church floor, and not hearing about 'The bridge of Sighs' or Le Innocents, it's a fairly good novel, you're just waiting mostly for some action, something actually happening, so to speak, instead of the continual 'Well Lestat already told you this, and he already told you that..' Because you begin to wonder why the book was written at all.
I'm interested to see if Marius and Pandora end up together, again, since he no longer has to keep 'Those who must be kept', because wasn't that her big reason for leaving him back in the day? She couldn't stand to listen to their heartbeats all the time?
Anyway, here you go.
Favourite book/s? I'm easy to please for the most part when it comes to books, but sometimes I get ahold of some real crap and I can't force myself to read it...
Favourite writer/s?I really like Phillipa Gregory (don't laugh at me now), I used to like Anne Rice a couple of years ago, but I'm starting to hate her.
What was the last thing you read? 'Cassanda French's Finishing School for Boys' By Eric Somebody... I just finished it last night
What are you reading now? Nothing: I'm at the library I'm gonna pick something out before I read
What do you like to read? (Poetry? Fiction? What genre?) Fiction. I like historical fiction and some funny girlie books that make fun of guys
What do you enjoy most about reading? vacation for a minute
Worst book you've ever read? (Why?) oh lord, it was a 'blarnia' book by a guy who makes fun of successful authors, and it was the stupidest thing I've ever read
Why do you read? because it's fun!
In what ways do books play a part in your life? Books are my entertainment! I don't watch television, and I don't keep the internet at home (it's too addictive), I prefer to read!
Hi, I'm new, none of you know me, I joined by searching for communities to do with good books and good recommendations.
I really like to read, but sometimes nothing on the shelves look interesting when I'm searching for something, so here I am. Anyway, talk to you guys later, I hope you have some good titles to share!
Title: The Electric Michelangelo
Author: Sarah Hall
Rating: 4 out of 5
From the first page you know Cyril "Cy" Parks is not living an average boy's life. His mother runs a bed and breakfast for the ailing; an inn where every guest is closer to death than life and return visitors only return for so long.
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Set in the early 1900's the story gives a rich look at the times. Hall manages to display many people within this book (all the townfolk have a story, anyone who's tatooed has a story) and I found myself thinking of them long after I returned the book to the library.
Go. Read. Now. :p
Hi Jess. *hugs*
Favourite book/s? She's Come Undone, Wally Lamb; Alias Grace, Cat's Eye, Margaret Atwood; Tully, Paullina Simons; Macbeth, William Shakespeare; Jessica, Bryce Courtenay; The Tomorrow Series (Tomorrow, When the War Began, in particular), Dear Miffy, John Marsden; Double Exposure, Brian Caswell; Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen; A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams; The Divine Wind, Garry Disher; Candy, Luke Davies; Loaded, Christos Tsiolkas; The Dark-Eyed Girls, Judith Lennox.
Favourite writer/s? Wally Lamb, Margaret Atwood, Paullina Simons, William Shakespeare, John Marsden.
What was the last thing you read? The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown.
What are you reading now? Salt Rain, Sarah Armstrong.
What do you like to read? (Poetry? Fiction? What genre?) Fiction, mostly literary/ contemporary. Digging my way through the classics, as well. I like poetry as well but I haven't read any in awhile.
What do you enjoy most about reading? Escapism, being transported/ sucked into the world of the story I'm reading.
Worst book you've ever read? (Why?) The Da Vinci Code was absolutely dreadful. The writing was... dreadful. Robert Langdon was boring and insufferable at the same time. I only read it to see what the fuss was all about - frankly, I still can't see it.
Why do you read? To escape and be transported to another world. Because I love reading. Because I want to learn from the best [how to write].
In what ways do books play a part in your life? I've been reading for as long as I can remember. I used to sit in my bed with a torch and a book, long after my mum said goodnight. I want to be a writer, so reading is naturally essential for me.