Readers are divided concerning the matter of actors slipping their opinion in their books. On political/social issues or various events happening in the world. Some like it, some think advisable not to. As for one, I’m in the former team.
For starters, I read a lot. I read during my free time, my daily commute, even during my bath-room breaks at my work place. So I think I have a lot of experiences regarding reading; what and how should one read in different circumstances.
When the music stops from John T. Fuller
Originally I wanted to choose a ghost story for this spooky post, but all the ghost books I read recently was Christmas stories, so they do not really fit in the Halloween season. Then it occurred to me that I’ve read a book with a story taking place in an asylum. And an asylum is by definition spooky, not to mention the end of 19th centuries setting and atmosphere. Add to this mix the Victorian era with its strictly religious, God fearing beliefs and you will find yourself in a horror movie set.
This post will be a bit unusual, because it will be mainly about book covers, as the title suggests. Who has not heard the saying “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”? So I decided to make a list about good books with awful covers, thus I’m quite sure there is an abundance of bad books with ugly covers and bad books with brilliant covers. Maybe in the future I will make a list for the other two categories too.
Can fan-fictions be considered as literature of value?
This post will be somewhat unusual compared to my previous posts. This week I decided not to choose a book, but to get to the bottom of the secret realm of fan-fictions. There are a lot of questions and skepticism around fan-works, and I want to find some answers to them. Like might or might not fan-fictions represent any literary value? Can those novels or novellas be real piece of arts without the bias caused by the pre-created fandoms?
I think when we choose our next read, we let our decision to be made guided by some sort of preferences. It could be the genre, the writing style, the gender or other characteristics of the main characters, the historical period where the novel takes place etc. Furthermore in my opinion the point of view of the storytelling equally can be a determining factor.
Well, where to start? I think every reader have has a spectrum of books they like to read within. It’s also true for me. I mainly read romances with same-sex couples as main characters. My spectrum extends from WWI and WWII (or modern military romances) through time travel to sci-fis taking place in space or intergalactic environment. Sometimes I read romantic comedies, or folktales put in a new, modern aspect, or horrors, ghost stories.
Jane Seville’s Zero at the Bone was my second M/M read right after I have finished the Cut and Run series (completed with the Sidewinder side-story) by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux. And I loved it from the first word to the very last. After reading this book I’ve accidentally found the audiobook version narrated by Alan Smith. Finally I managed to get and read the graphic novel, too. In order to complete the experience, checking the artworks and listening to the audio book is a must.
Lately I decided that it was time for an other top list so I prepared one of the antagonists, we really “like” in books, or hate their guts so deeply, it can almost be called love.
If you are hunting for some larger scale, thought-provoking read, search no more, the Executive Office trilogy is exactly what you need. But before you start to read, I have to mention that you will need an above average understanding of American political and election system along with the American political approach of the Near-East and the attitude and taken steps towards it (the Afghan and Iraqi wars, civil war in Syria etc.)