As stated in past post reading this book has become a new tradition, being of course the second year that I intentionally read this fantastic book an plan to do it , for the foreseeable future, at least once a year.
Mary Shelley wrote it as part of a competition of who could write the best horror story, said competition was between herself, her husband Percy Shelley, Lord Byron and John Polidori.
The story that emerged from Mary followed the tragically fantastic tale of Victor Frankenstein and his obsession with bestowing life to a creature form by scraps of dead bodies, that with a spark brings to life.
In his success, Victor, creates a hideous deform creature who he resents from the first moment the creature takes a breath.
He is later haunted by the very creature he created as his life is systematically destroy and everyone he loves is taken from him.
For me it raises question of that troublesome persona buried deep in the dark confines of our being, latent , evil and waiting to get out.
Who is the monster here?
The Creature or the Creator.
So that’s 7,172 pages down, 42,570 pages to go.
Total Pages 118,752 pages
This is the second book of Cormac McCarthy I have read this year, and let me tell you as always he doesn’t disappoint.
Of all the book I have read by this incredible author this one is the most accessible and will be a great launching point for someone who is looking to delve in his amazing body of work.
The novel is set in 1980 on the border of Mexico and the United States after a drug deal goes terribly wrong, good old boy Llewelyn Moss stumbles upon the massacre, where he finds a huge shipment of heroin and a couple of million dollars abandon.
Against his better judgement he takes the money and opens up a whirlwind of trouble mainly in the figure of the psychopath hit-man Anton Chigurh. Following their steps is veteran Sheriff Ed Tom Bell, he also provides so in-depht thoughts about the rise of violence and the degradation of society.
Touching on subjects that are both timeless and the building blocks of our society.
McCarthy make us dwell on the very things that makes us human and how sometimes they transform us into monsters.
So that’s 6,965 pages down, 42,777 pages to go.
Total Pages 118, 545 pages
As I approach the end of the eleventh book of this year I can see what has become a tradition rapidly approaching.
- Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics.
- Barnes & Noble Hardcover Classics.
- Editorial Tomo Spanish Edition.
As the other volumes of this fantastic story it centers on Hatter Madigan, bodyguard of Princess Alyss of Wonderland, and his never ending search for his lost princess.
The breathtaking artwork is beautifully render by the talented hand of Sam Makkonen, it looks like a cross between Ben Templesmith and Dave McKean.
The hardcover edition hits shelf on June 11, 2013 be sure to pick it up.
5 of 5 stars.
Or you can also support Frank in his Kickstart project at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/149372651/hatter-m-zen-of-wonder but hurry there is only 5 days left.
Although my book shelfs are overflowing with tomes I haven’t read, the temptation to add just a bit more always win over reason.
Sure I have plenty to last a few years but with books it’s never enough.
This time my loot was quite good, nine books in all.
On the top row(left to Right)
- No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (Currently Reading)
- Trópico de Cáncer by Henry Miller
- Infancia by J.M. Coetzee
- La Silla del Águila by Carlos Fuentes
- Federico en su balcón by Carlos Fuentes (publish posthumous)
Bottom Row (Left to Right)
- Las ventajas de ser invisible by Stephen Chbosky
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (B & N Hardcover Classics)
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (B & N Leatherbound Classics)
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (Editorial Tomo Spanish Edition)
Well let see what new things the next months bring to my already abundant shelfs.
Being the first novel of Irvine Welsh, this deeply disturbing and heart-rending tale follows the caotic lifes of a group of scottish junkies.
The reader witness through, mainly of our main character and anti-hero Mark Renton, little snips of their every-day life,their failure to leave “skag” behind and the actions that leads them down a dangerous path of petty crimes, a mayor drug deal and some HIV scares.
This is an excellent novel, but don’t thread lightly, it’s crudeness and hard topics may be a little to much for some reader.
So that’s 5,743 pages down, 43,999 pages to go.
Total Pages 117,323 pages