One day, you pass strangers by and think, I used to hang out with them.
Set 5 years after Saving Francesca, this book tells the story of Thomas Finch-...moreOne day, you pass strangers by and think, I used to hang out with them.
Set 5 years after Saving Francesca, this book tells the story of Thomas Finch-Mackee, or just Tom (like in that nursery rhyme, Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son). After his uncle Joe died, Tom's family, and life, started to fall apart.
In this extremely heartbreaking novel, Marchetta narrates how a broken down young man slowly puts his life back together, piece by piece, and how a pregnant woman tries to cope with all the troubles that threatens to swallow her.
The Piper's Son is a beautifully devastating book that people can surely relate to. (less)
Lord of Light. Well, what can I say with this one? This book left me pretty speechless. It’s just so motherfucking fantastic. And when you consider th...moreLord of Light. Well, what can I say with this one? This book left me pretty speechless. It’s just so motherfucking fantastic. And when you consider the fact that this shit was published way back in 1967, well...
Anyway, this book is based on Hindu-Buddhist legends, and, honestly, it’s quite a reprieve from all of those countless novels based upon Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam). Unlike others who have read this book, I am quite familiar with Hindu-Buddhist myths, despite not being a Hindu or a Buddhist (I’m an Atheist, btw). Unlike other mythological novels, however, the gods of this book are not really divine beings, but, rather, they are humans, who have long ago learned the art of immortality by moving their souls or atman to a different body (a process known as Reincarnation) using hi-tech mind-transfer machineries.
Lord of Light is, without a doubt, one of the best SF novels ever written (George R.R. Martin and I agree on that one) and definitely the best SF book that I’ve ever read (I’ve only read a handful so my assertion probably doesn’t count, but still). It’s an extremely magnificent book with a deeply mesmerizing plot. SF aficionados will definitely love it. Ciao ☺
IDK why this book is categorized as nonfiction, when, in fact, almost half of the events in this book were invented by the author. There's too many in...moreIDK why this book is categorized as nonfiction, when, in fact, almost half of the events in this book were invented by the author. There's too many inaccuracies and exaggerations. The Chinatown casino, the ,shadowy investors, the Bahamas incident, and the theft of $75,00 are just examples of the events that has been made-up by Mezrich. It's a fun book to read; light, simple, and fast paced. It just irritates me how this was classified as nonfiction, when it's quite not. It's like the author's making us believe in things that did not happen. (less)
The protagonist is Felix Castor, a freelance exorcist who exorcises demons, zombies, loup-garous, and ghosts with the use of music. Felix is like the the Lone Ranger and Peter Venkman from the Ghostbusters combined together. He is always broke and can call upon spirits through the use of a tin whistle. The novel is set in an alternate reality of London where, for some unfathomable reason, spirits wander the Earth. Some of them are just there while some are more malignant than others. Some can even come back to their old bodies (zombies), while some can possess animals (loup-garous) and bend the animal's body to human form, sort of like werewolves. Demons and succubae (Succubi? Succubuses? Whatever the fuck the plural of succubus is) are also present in this book.
This a really superb book, and what I like about it is that it has a 'lil bit of almost everything that I like in a novel; horror, mystery, action, humor, sex, and even a tad bit of romance. Anyone who likes male urban fantasies will surely enjoy this book. :D