Book haul

Heeey,

I do get book hauls every now and then. Rarely do I find one book that I need to have now and get it. Usually I’ll put it on my list and then get it along with a bunch of others at some point.

So maybe I’ll start sharing those. I do have good taste, so if anyone comes by this, then maybe they’ll check out some of the books. Which is always a plus.

Starting off small tho. This haul, I did not get myself, but it’s still my haul, cause they’re all books I wanted and Phoebe got them for me. <3

<3 <3

These three she got me!

The first one is Here I Am, by Jonathan Safran Foer:

Beautiful!

Man, it looks gorgeous. Jonathan Safran Foer is an author I love. For two big reasons. First off, obviously, he’s a fantastic writer. Secondly, and for me the most important reason; Foer is the guy who first got me into reading in the first place. And then in turn, got me into writing.

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2017 books

So, I’ve never really been a fast reader. Mostly, I take my time, and I analyze a lot as I read.

As such, I read…19 books in 2017. Unless I forget some. For me, this is pretty decent though. It’s not like I read a bunch of fast and easy Jim Butcher novels and call it a day. (Not knocking on Butcher; he’s awesome. But let’s face it, his books are sort of designed for easy reads during your commute) In fact I sort of gravitate towards the more literary challenging books.

This year, I don’t know. Didn’t delve that deep into the pile. I still didn’t finish Infinite Jest which has been left halfway read for a about a year now and is still taking up my two favorite bookmarks (!), and I still haven’t cracked open Shantaram. I guess those are my two remaining literary milestone for now. I finish those two, and maybe Atlas Shrugged, and then I grow a monocle.

Anyway, I got some favorites I want to list and recommend, so I’ll get on that:

Started the year off by reading through Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, though the fifth book stopped me in my tracks. Kinda didn’t dig it. Anyway, it’s a really cool series I wanna finish one day, and you should too.

Speaking of King, I really like The Stand. But is it okay to say I think his son would have done it better? Joe Hill’s The Fireman is, like The Stand, a brick of a book set in the aftermath of a plague. Except he writes it better. Yet he obviously doesn’t have that good and evil, black and white effect that King has in The Stand. Which is why I kinda wish his son wrote it. King’s is too long and drags between the cool bits.

I read Maus because of Phoebe. It’s fantastic, go read it. I even got it for one of my brothers this Christmas. I also read some Gaiman books because she’s a superfan of him. The Ocean at the end of the Lane, and The Graveyard Book. Both great, though I liked the former more.

Mentioned it before on the blog, but Eddie Izzard’s biography was funny and inspiring. Which is a great combo.

So, top three books I read this year would probably be Out in the Open, by Jesús Carrasco, Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer, and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers.

Annihilation I read because I’ve heard great things, plus suddenly I’m in a hurry! Film coming out and all. Alex Garland making it too. He’s a talented guy. Writes good novels (at least The Beach), great screenplays (I’ll always love Sunshine despite that final act), and directs awesome films (like Ex Machina). This adaption looks very different tho, so it doesn’t look like the end of the world if you see the film first.

Yeah, and here’s some lovely pics, cause I’m pichoe:

That golden, sexy looking thing in the back is a figure of the almighty Smaug by the way. From Phoebe this Christmas. Just saying, Smaug is kinda cool.

Alright, I’m gonna go sleep. So we’ll catch ya’ll later.

BONUS:

Worst book of 2017: The Troop, by some guy. Actually, let me Google that for myself; Nick Cutter. Alright then. Interesting beginning, but after a while you realize you don’t really give a shit about any of the characters. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 

 

Oh right. I read Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian this year, didn’t I. And it was bloody fantastic. Well, it should be up there, in the, uhh, top three area.

Why do I write at night again?

 

 

Project Update

Hey,

Been a little while since I did any sort of update on my book, but I’m essentially finished. After three drafts (four if you count this short one) I’ve ended up with this final draft, which as of now is as good as I myself can make it.

To that end, I’ve drafted the aid of some good acquaintances I’ve met through my writing, and several of them are perusing my manuscript these days. I believe one of them has a Masters in creative writing? So I’m hoping for some good feedback. Included potential query letters.

Tbh, I don’t find query letters to be that difficult. A synopsis on the other hand. That I don’t like, and after considerable time lately checking out agents, I dread the ones that want a synopsis. Like, that’s something I’d want your guide and wisdom on when we get there, lovely agent of mine.

Anyway, one of the other thing I’m doing is a novel swap. I’m having my manuscript looked over, while I go through this other writer’s work. And I choose to do this with this person in particular because they have this really, fun, goofy story with lots of humor in it, some of it similar to my own, which makes it all the more easier to go through and ‘get’.

In short, it’s a novel about a ‘Chosen One’, though it’s flipped on it’s head and the Chosen One is actually an 83-year old grandma who likes knitting and cats, and can’t wait for an opportunity to leave the retirement facility. I like it so far. Hopefully it has demons. I know there’s dragons to come.

Guess that’s it. Here’s a pic of me and Stine. We’re totally cute:

The Star

After rewatching the Linkin Park event honoring the life of Chester Bennington again last night, I found myself eternally thankful for the unwavering courage, skill and compassion Mike Shinoda has shown during all this, already so painful and close to home for the man, and in the late hours, before I drifted off to sleep in bed, I wrote this down on my phone.

*

The Star

When things break down,

from weariness and rust.

It’s the shiniest cog in the machine,

that’s left to gather up the dust.

 

But all things get their due.

Labyrinth

These days I’m currently hard at work going through my third draft, yet I still thought I should start posting some smaller pieces on the blog, starting with this recent one. I’m no poet, and poetry confuddles me a lot more often than it gets to me, but sometimes I feel it, and I’ll write something, no matter the result.

Labyrinth

At some point I became the Minotaur in my own story,

and reality flickered around me, creating walls that weren’t there,

voices that would not cease, and I the siren amidst it all, calling out,

from within the veritable darkness of my mind, at the center of the labyrinth.

Won’t you come slay me?

Linkin Park & the Evolution of Music

Right, this is something that’s been rumbling about in my head for quite a while. And now, it’s the middle of the night and I’ve been listening to music. For the rest of the weekend it seems I’m home alone, and these days listening to music for hours are pretty much what I do when I’m alone.

Back to the topic at hand though. Linkin Park, the void it’s actually left in my life, the outpouring of love from around the globe and the impact they’ve had on my life, once it’s all simmered in the back of my mind.

Above all though, their music.

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Book Haul

As you might expect, I love books. Perhaps even more so, I love the smell of new books. To the point that I honestly wish it was a cologne. It’s evigorating. Almost..sexual, actually I should reel this in right about now…

Anyway, over the years I’ve developed this mindset that I should try to write, just anything, even when I’m not really writing for any of my projects or just generally ‘working’. As I kind of am not doing right now. I’ve written on other stuff periodically, yet at the moment I’m hip deep in editing AA. As such, whenever I write anything, be it blog posts, grocery list, reviews, I feel better. Like I’ve done some writing stuff.

As such, one of the things I could add to the blogging are my book hauls. Despite not finding time to read them all, I do get a lot of books (and we need more shelves) and I often get them in clusters.

So here’s my most recent purchases:

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Obligatory Dark Tower update

Alright, so despite not really wanting to see the Dark Tower adaption, I got free preview tickets for it, so I saw it a couple of days ago.

To put it bluntly, I predicted long ago that this would be utter shit, and it was. Just…,ugh, terrible. Hated it.

This is a cliffnotes version of The Dark Tower. That is, all seven books compressed into one 95(!) minute film. And it works about as well as one would think. I’m honestly baffled that this thing made it to the screen. This director, Arcel, is said to be a massive fan of the books, but I don’t know, at times I wondered whether or not he’d read them.

A DT adaption could have worked as a gritty, slow-moving series. Trying to adapt it to an action-centric hour & a half movie just doesn’t work. Among the chief issues I have with this is the fact that I’d want it to be bleak. Mid-World is a world that has ‘moved on’. It’s supposed to be desolate, dark and dangerous. I didn’t feel any of that in the film. It doesn’t really help that about a majority of the film takes places in modern day New York.

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Summer & Books <3

Heyo,

So, hopefully we’ll be back to working the blog more regularly again. For my part, I might be having at least a little more free time ahead, and summer is about to wave goodbye. Thankfully. Though it’s still too hot.

Anyway, for lack of better topics to return with, I’ll go over some books I’ve read this summer? Yeah, let’s do that. I have been writing too though. Just not as much, seeing as I’m mainly focusing on editing and working up to a rewrite for a final draft of AA. For reasons unknown I began writing a sci-fi piece concerning androids in the apocalypse.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Sad groans and whimpers

Yeah, so I haven’t been updating the blog lately. It’s summer. It’s hot. I’m busy. Of course, again, not having summertime, vacation fun times, but rather working.

Phoebe is away at the moment, painting this awesome wall decoration for a nephew, but she’ll be back tomorrow, in time for my birthday, which I’ll be celebrating for once.

Anyway, despite failing to find time to do some blog posts, I was actually drafting this really nice one, all positive and whatnot, when WHAT DO YOU KNOW?? One of my favorite singers apparently passes away, and at such a young age.

Chester Bennington. That’s right. At only 41, the Linkin Park singer apparently took his own life? And on his good buddy the late Chris Cornell’s birthday no less.

I don’t know, but this might be the known death that hurts me the most. For a long time in my earlier years, Linkin Park was my main deal, maybe to the left of Ben Folds. I think Michael Clarke Duncan was the worst up til now. There’s been others too, like Bowie or Robin Williams, but with Duncan I had to cross out something from my bucket list. (#17 – Get a giant ass bear hug from Michael Clarke Duncan)

So then, now begins another round of binging the entirety of LP’s discography. LP is actually one of the few bands of which I actually have CDs. Who uses CDs anymore, you know? Well, I know, I know, presumably people who drive. Those people don’t include me tho. Yet. Actually, I almost have all their albums, save for their two new ones. Guess this is the end of LP. I mean, Mike Shinoda is a great singer, not to mention writer, but what made LP was the chemistry of these two men and their singing.

Weirdly enough I actually rewatched The Raid last night, which has music by Shinoda.

Yeah, just felt I wanted to write it down. Someday in the future I can read back on this and see how down it brought me. You were very sad today, future Christian. Pretty much chrushed.

Probably end it right here, with my fave Linkin Park song:

RIP Mr Bennington, I’ll miss the hell outta you <3