I've had this book on my shelf for YEARS. I think I may have even read it once a long, long time ago. My brother had said he was jumping intHellboy...
I've had this book on my shelf for YEARS. I think I may have even read it once a long, long time ago. My brother had said he was jumping into it (borrowing the first three Hellboy trades from ComiXology Unlimited), so I decided to do the same.
I enjoyed this one. It gives a sort of origin story of Hellboy (who appears to be a demon summoned from Hell, but who is a paranormal investigator for the good guys) all while sprinkling in some dark Nazi magic and a little Lovecraftian fare.
I wasn't absolutely blown away, but the art suited the story and this was a nice, solid read. The subject matter and a bit of intrigue makes this one a solid 4 stars for me....more
YEARS ago I had bought the first five or so of the Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series of books after being blown away by his novel Tell No One. I endYEARS ago I had bought the first five or so of the Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series of books after being blown away by his novel Tell No One. I ended up giving them away because I thought, "Meh... These aren't going to be any good. A sports agent mystery series? It'll probably be too focused on fictional athletes, their stats, all kinds of uninteresting sports-themed filler..."
Boy, was I wrong.
This, the first of sports agent/private-investigator-of-sorts Myron Bolitar, was... can I say... unputdownable.
A young girl has been missing for a while and now her father has been murdered. The girl is the girlfriend of a young rookie quaterback who has Myron as his agent. The girl's picture has been found in the back of a smutty porno rag. The mystery begins.
This book is a tightly wound mystery set against the mere background of the sporting world. It's not that I'm not a fanatical fan of some sports, but even if you aren't, the sports theme isn't really overly intrusive in this story.
I decided to give Coben another chance after getting in the mood to read some mystery. I read one of his earlier works and dove right into this series. If you're a fan of mystery or looking for an absolutely excellent mystery read, you should give this one a whirl, as well....more
Tender Branson. One of the last survivors of a suicide cult, hijacker, servant, icon.
This book begins at the end, where Tender Branson has hijacked aTender Branson. One of the last survivors of a suicide cult, hijacker, servant, icon.
This book begins at the end, where Tender Branson has hijacked a plane and has decided to crash it. The story that follows is Tender dictating his story into the black box (even though it's orange) of the plane.
Tender goes from cult member to escape to servitude to legend to fugitive in course of the story.
This was a book I'd read long ago. I didn't remember liking it that much, but this time around, I actually think it's superior to Palahniuk's debut Fight Club in some ways.
A great read, and a book that's complex but somehow not overly dense....more
After many, many years and upon hearing there would be a sequel in comic book form, I decided to get back into Chuck Palahniuk and Fight Club, which IAfter many, many years and upon hearing there would be a sequel in comic book form, I decided to get back into Chuck Palahniuk and Fight Club, which I've touted for years as being one of my favorite pieces of fiction ever produced.
I don't know... I don't think it held up quite as well this time around.
I've got to admit, this is one of the first prose books I've been able to finish for a while, so maybe I'm in a bit of pickiness or moodiness this time around.
Maybe I've evolved.
The young man in me loved this rebelliousness against authority all those years ago when I read this book. The you-treat-us-like-the-shit-of-the-earth-and-we-serve-your-food-and-connect-your-calls-and-we're-pissed idea of the whole entity of Fight Club and Project Mayhem.
Now, all these years later I go to work, bust my hump, and I've totally rebuilt myself from the ground up... and it wasn't because I rebelled against "the man". It was because I worked hard and didn't count on anyone else and I feel like I'm the most "me" I've ever been since my birth...
But maybe, as the narrator discovers the state of things with himself and Tyler (I'm trying to stay away from spoilers here), that's what Palahniuk was saying all along. Amidst all the crap and everything life throws at you, there can be beauty in the midst of struggle.
I don't know...
This books is still great. I'm sure there are a plethora of themes flying over my head that would be rewarded by many more readings... and some of there thoughts and quotes from this book are still quite genius and thought-provoking if nothing else...
But I don't love it as much as the young man as I was who thumbed his nose at all authority.
Still a fantastic debut my Palahniuk and well worthy of a reading.