I will be the first to admit that I am not a fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald or his more popular, and perhaps most famous piece of work, "The Great Gatsby"I will be the first to admit that I am not a fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald or his more popular, and perhaps most famous piece of work, "The Great Gatsby" and it is because of this general disdain that I hold towards that piece of work that I have never taken the time to learn about his life aside from the more common trivia facts, such as the fact that he ran in the same circle as Ernest Hemingway and his wife Zelda eventually went insane and spent much of her life and their marriage in and out of institutions. It is due to this general lack of knowledge about one of America's "greatest writers" that I thought it was time to learn more about him and the latter part of his life. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Stewart O'Nan's book for I loved learning about his time spent in Hollywood trying to become a successful screenplay writer in order to be able to provide not only for his daughter, Scottie's, education but also to be able to continue to pay for Zelda's hospitalization. The fact that Fitzgerald had a daughter, let alone the fact that he spent time working in Hollywood, were all news to me. I found it intriguing that he met a younger woman, Sheila Graham, whom he fell in love with and had a years long relationship with, despite the fact that he never divorced Zelda on account of he didn't believe in divorce. As F. Scott experienced the highs and lows and continuous fears that he'd be let go from the latest movie he was working on, I found all of his trials and tribulations quite humanizing and I even found myself feeling sorry for him as his notoriety continued to dwindle over time while that of his friend and fellow writer, Ernest Hemingway, continued to rise.
This is a book I would recommend to both fans of Fitzgerald's work as well as those who, like me, are not overly familiar with his life but are interested in learning more. I will never like "The Great Gatsby", however my interest has been peaked to the point where I am willing to give some of his other pieces a try, I'm especially intrigued by the concept of "The Beautiful and the Damned" and "Tender is the Night". I also would like to read more about his relationship with Zelda and their marriage. In the end I would give this book a 3.5 out of 5 star rating. Although I did enjoy the book and would recommend it to others, I found that it did drag in some parts before bouncing back....more
WOW! I first came across Joe Hill's NOS4A2 while browsing the new arrivals at Barnes and Noble. From the moment I read the description on the book jacWOW! I first came across Joe Hill's NOS4A2 while browsing the new arrivals at Barnes and Noble. From the moment I read the description on the book jacket, I've wanted to read this book and finally after finding it on the library shelf I got around to reading it. This book did which tells the story of young Vic McQueen and her ability to ride her bike across a bridge that no longer exists to find things quickly captured my attention. Running parallel to Vic's ability with her bicycle, is that of a serial kidnapper by the name of Charles Manx who takes children to a landscape he created with his mind known as Christmasland with the aid of his vintage Rolls Royce Wraith. As usually happens in stories of battles between good and evil, Vic and Charles eventually cross paths. Their first encounter Vic almost loses her life before being saved and being able to send Charles to jail, years later when their paths cross again this time Vic is in a race against time to save her son from being turned into one of the many other children now turned monsters by Charlie and his eternal land of Christmas.
I would love if Joe Hill were to write some short stories based on some of the people whom Charlie tells Vic's son about. The brief mentioning of what sound to be equally interesting and frightening characters as the "Walking Backwards Man" and the "True Knot" have peeked my interest and I would love to learn more about them as well. Even after finishing the last page, I still feel as though so many more stories could be told from this world which has been created by Mr. Hill that I secretly hope it's something he has considered.
This was the first book I have read by Joe Hill, son of acclaimed writer Stephen King, but Joe Hill has managed to capture my attention and interest enough for me to want to read his other works. This was the perfect book to read as Halloween approaches, and I have a feeling it will find it's way into my rotation of horror books that I read during the month of October in preparation for Halloween.
This is a book I would and will happily recommend to anyone who enjoys a good scary story, and for fans of Stephen King. ...more