Excellent book. I had the ending spoiled with all the OSC stuff floating around on social media sites, but wanted to read it before I saw the film. If...moreExcellent book. I had the ending spoiled with all the OSC stuff floating around on social media sites, but wanted to read it before I saw the film. If you can set religion aside for a little while and read this, you won't be sorry.(less)
Norse gods running amok in Canada? How could you not love this book?
Okay, sooo...it's Manitoba. Still, awesome. I don't get to read nearly enough Cana...moreNorse gods running amok in Canada? How could you not love this book?
Okay, sooo...it's Manitoba. Still, awesome. I don't get to read nearly enough Canadian fiction where cool, world-altering shit is happening in places I've actually been in this gigantic country of mine.
The story revolves around Ted Callan, a man who is dragged into the Norse world of gods, dwarves, and giants after witnessing a towering fire giant step into the realm of men during an explosion in the Alberta oilpatch. He then runs into some dwarves who bestow their "gifts" upon him - body tattoos with magic powers and which have a life of their own (think Bradbury's Illustrated Man) - turning him into a Thor-like godling so he can smash heads and wreak vengeance of those who have wronged and betrayed him along the way. Oh yeah, and stop the next Ragnarok from happening.
He travels with Loki, the god of mischief (seriously, will I be seeing Loki as Tom Hiddleston for the rest of my life?) and Tilda, a witch who uses runes for spells and can see the future. She's also a super-hawt rock n' roll chick, and about half Ted's age, making her the perfect short-term girlfriend.
Ginther has created characters you instantly want to be friends with. I'm looking forward to more books in this story (I understand more are coming) just so we can all hang out again and be buddies and talk about cool shit like muscle cars, dating hot young girls, and tattoos that grant magic powers. The book itself has a Gaiman-esque vibe to it. I was reminded of "American Gods" while reading "Thunder Road", and I imagine it was the whole 'old gods are people too' thing.
Definitely worth a read. Especially for you Canuckleheads out there.(less)
Amazing what you can do with simple, declarative sentences.
There's a quote in the 2008 Rambo film where John Rambo reveals the peace he has made with...moreAmazing what you can do with simple, declarative sentences.
There's a quote in the 2008 Rambo film where John Rambo reveals the peace he has made with his nature and being an instrument of war. It goes, "You know what you are; what you're made of. War is in your blood. Don't fight it. You didn't kill for your country. You killed for yourself. God's never gonna make that go away. When you're pushed, killing's as easy as breathing."
Blood Meridian is a book that expands on this statement, revealing the good and proper nature of all men to be war-like creatures. The men in the novel are at their best when they are making war and causing chaos; during times of peace they are usually drunken agents of destruction or slowly dying from the elements. They are just as destructive to the villages they visit between battles as they are during the battles themselves.
"If you're not living, you're dying" has never been more true than in the pages of this book.
There is apparently a bit of history to this novel, as it is loosely based on actual events. A grim, stark contrast to the romanticism of the Old West, Blood Meridian reveals a land filled with people as hard and unforgiving and final as the land itself.(less)
There are probably about 6 writers out there who wouldn't benefit from more Elmore Leonard in their lives.
I started this book before he died, and fini...moreThere are probably about 6 writers out there who wouldn't benefit from more Elmore Leonard in their lives.
I started this book before he died, and finished it after he died. That means there is no more Leonard coming down the pipes for me. On the bright side, I still have a lot more to go through.
I could say what everyone knows about Leonard already: tightly woven, masterful dialogue, and gritty, real characters. Clever plots. I could go into greater detail, but other people already have, and writing about them again would break Leonard's strict rule on not wasting words.
Come to Newfoundland, they said. Check out the sights, immerse yourself in culture, they said...what they didn't mention was the horde of First Nation...moreCome to Newfoundland, they said. Check out the sights, immerse yourself in culture, they said...what they didn't mention was the horde of First Nations and old Viking spirits in corporeal form running the streets and wrecking up the place. Enter Krista D. Ball's novella, "Spirits Rising".
Once the action starts, it doesn't let up until the last page. As a Canadian who has never been to the Atlantic coast of my country, there was a lot of insight into the culture of Newfoundlanders that I was especially interested in. Hopefully it's something which continues in future instalments of the series.
Ball has a tendency to write feminine protagonists who are smart, tough, and think on their feet (which are both firmly planted in reality), and it's always a refreshing change of pace from the dangerous sex kittens who haunt genre fiction. While our main character in Spirits Rising may start out a little heartsick and floopy, she comes around by the end to become the hero we all know her to be. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next in this series.(less)
A quick run down of every story in this collection:
I arrive at the house of some long dead/estranged/missing relative. The neighbours hate and fear th...moreA quick run down of every story in this collection:
I arrive at the house of some long dead/estranged/missing relative. The neighbours hate and fear the house, and don't trust me. When I poke around, I find the secret occult library with every book H.P. Lovecraft ever mentioned in his stories. Somebody/something dies, and all eyes turn to me. I know not why.
I have dreams about Cthulhu.
When I awaken, I find those dreams are real!!!!
Maybe I should have written ***SPOILER ALERT!!!*** across the top of this review.(less)
The last half of the book is very insightful into the investigation and capture of the GRK. Also some interesting insights into the mind of the man. H...moreThe last half of the book is very insightful into the investigation and capture of the GRK. Also some interesting insights into the mind of the man. However, the first 200+ pages or so are pretty much filled with little bios of all the women Ridgeway killed, and as heartless as it sounds I found slogging through one brief history after another very fatiguing.
The women all bled together after a while, and it was impossible to tell them apart. I imagine part of this is because their stories were all so similar. Rule tried to pull heartstrings with some added melodrama, but I didn't feel as though their stories were told at all. I think this probably could have been handled as an afterword, with photos, and it would have had more of an impact.
I find it fascinating the Green River Killer was able to quietly go about his business for so many years, killing at least 48 women, while the investigation floundered due to (basically) a lack of science (DNA testing and computers) and general apathy toward prostitutes. While the former is understandable given the time these murders took place, the latter was, and always will be, unacceptable.(less)
Reading this book made me feel like a bastard for ever having eaten at McDonald's. Or Burger King. Or KFC. You get the picture, right? Schlosser unrav...moreReading this book made me feel like a bastard for ever having eaten at McDonald's. Or Burger King. Or KFC. You get the picture, right? Schlosser unravels the fast food industry for inspection and the industry fails, hard. Anyone even the least bit leery of corporate behavior will find fuel for their worst nightmares in this book. It could have easily been called "How the world is being destroyed by a handful of psychopaths".
Will I be able to stop eating fast food to voice my displeasure at this behavior? My money is on no. I definitely WISH I could get away from it though. I wish we all could.(less)