Childhood friends reunite as adults to battle an evil force in their hometown. A tremendous, audacious book. A meditation on childhood, friendship, an...moreChildhood friends reunite as adults to battle an evil force in their hometown. A tremendous, audacious book. A meditation on childhood, friendship, and the things we lose as we become adults. Miraculous writing that makes it worth picking pages at random just to appreciate (and hopefully learn from) King's seemingly effortless mastery of prose. In a brilliant stylistic coup, the conclusion of the book juxtaposes scenes from the protagonists' battles against "It" in 1958 (as children) and 1985 (as adults). The biggest drawbacks to the book were that the evil human characters were irredeemably bad--more like cliches than real people, and the appearances taken by the evil entity were so conventional (since they were taken from the childrens' imaginations) that they were not particularly frightening. Also, one character's constant regurgitation of cartoon and movie dialog quickly starts to grate on the nerves, but he goes on and on. Although the book does drag occasionally, many of the scenes are stunners. Especially memorable is the sequence where the black army officers' club is burned down.(less)
"Arcadia" by Tom Stoppard. A magnificent play, brilliantly intelligent and clever, as one expects with Stoppard, but also touching and heartfelt. Arca...more"Arcadia" by Tom Stoppard. A magnificent play, brilliantly intelligent and clever, as one expects with Stoppard, but also touching and heartfelt. Arcadia shows two linked stories: the first, set in the early 1800s, features a precocious teenage girl whose early intuitions of fractal geometry and entropy perplex her family and private tutor; the second, set in modern times, shows university scholars striving to uncover lost events from the first story using fragments of documentary evidence. The elusiveness of history and the ambiguous nature of evidence (due to the inevitable spread of chaos) are two themes in the play. It is a joy to watch Stoppard juxtapose the two stories, past and present--what the scholars get wrong (or what they get right for the wrong reasons). And the characters of the girl and her tutor are delightful. I've never seen such a glowing depiction of an eager and receptive mind as Thomasina Coverly! I've liked other Stoppard plays, but with this he proves himself a bard for the ages.(less)
Llewellyn Moss finds $2.5 million of drug dealer money at the site of a drug deal gone wrong and takes off with it. Hit man/sociopath Anton Chigurh go...moreLlewellyn Moss finds $2.5 million of drug dealer money at the site of a drug deal gone wrong and takes off with it. Hit man/sociopath Anton Chigurh goes after Moss to recover the money, leaving a trail of dead bodies in his wake. Small town sheriff Ed Bell tries to find Moss before Chigurh gets him. Bell discovers that his old-fashioned values and attachment to domestic life leave him ill-equipped to combat the ruthlessly efficient killer Chigurh, who represents a cold, and remorseless modern age.
Main Ideas: Old fashioned ideas of faith, justice, right/wrong, helping others, are being replaced in America by a remorseless and ruthless efficiency which knows no rules, no bounds. This new order is personified in the humorless, sociopathic killer Anton Chigurh.(less)