The book was more entertaining than the film but it’s worth a look if you read the novel - otherwise I’m not sure what the appeal is.
The book is the first I’ve read from Chuck Palahniuk - I know he has a rabid fanbase - but I’m not completely convinced I actually care for his style - I’ll probably read something else before I make a final call.
Started reading Crab Town by Carlton Mellick III last night and I’m enjoying it - probably be done with that in a day or so.
Watching … I just finished this book the other day so I figured I see how the film turned out.
Off to start a new book …
Goodnight World … Stay Strange!!!
Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek by Olivia Munn, Mac Montandon
Just finished … funny quick read.
The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death: A Novel by Charlie Huston
So I finished “Frankenstein Lives Again” around 1am and I still felt like reading so I fumbled around for something new. I had no idea who Charlie Huston was or any real details about “The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death: A Novel” and was just hoping to keep my brain from decaying a little before bedtime. What I got was a roller-coaster ride into the strange world of the Clean-Team a group of men who are hired to do just as their name implies. Cleaning up after the disgusting and grotesque including suicides and violent crimes - relishing in graphic descriptions the story is interesting as it is horrifying. Charlie Huston reminds me a lot of Joe Lansdale whom I enjoy so I was quite happy even though it kept me up reading all-night. Fun, gross enjoyment - Huston has a new fan.
Frankenstein Lives Again (The New Adventures of Frankenstein) by Donald F. Glut
So after reading "The Devil in the White City" I wanted to read something fun and pulpy. I chose Donald Glut’s "Frankenstein Lives Again" the first in a series called "The New Adventures of Frankenstein” - the book was exactly what I wanted pure camp Universal Monsters style with a splash of Hammer thrown in. Mad scientists, killer Eskimos, escaped maniacs, angry villagers, forbidden castles and a traveling sideshow. Originally published in the 70’s and re-published as an e-book for $.99 this is a real bargain and a great way to spend a few hours of your life. Now hopefully they will release the second book in the series soon.
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
Just finished reading this - very interesting and detailed look at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago and the serial killer H.H. Holmes and his “Murder Castle”. The book even though it’s as a novelization is exhaustive in it’s research - alternating chapters between the World’s Fair and it’s creators and the Holmes crimes.
The story of the fair is far more detailed than Holmes section and if your just looking for an accounting of the crimes you will be disappointed. The book is quite compelling from an architectural standpoint alone with it’s cast of histories luminaries. While I wish the Holmes section could have been as elaborate, the lack of evidence and the authors desire to be as accurate as possible prohibited this.
Overall I really enjoyed the book and think it’s worth a look for history buffs and those interested in architecture.
The Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave
Now I finished this one about a week and a half ago - but I wanted it to fester away in my gray matter for a bit. My initial reaction when I started the book was that it’s early chapters read like masturbation fodder for a teenage boy. The detailed references to Kylie Minogue’s ass, daydreams of spanking Madonna’s bottom and the pure admiration of Avril Lavigne’s looks came off a bit odd and seemed more like name dropping than anything relevant - which would all be fine if this story was about Mr.Cave himself but of course it was not.
While the plot grows into a disturbing tale of a parental relationship in full-on meltdown mode - it keeps sliding back into this monotonous depravity which at times seems forced and instead of amplifying the stories best aspects he seems to downplay them and by the end abandons everything for heavy handed melodrama.
I stuck this one out and don’t regret reading it - but I was disappointed and couldn’t recommend it.
Craig DiLouie “The Infection”
Finished up “The Infection” by Craig DiLouie the other day - It’s the second book I’ve read on the Kindle and it was a fast paced action filled romp with 28 Days Later style infected humans and Lovecraftian monsters terrorizing humanity and spreading love and joy to a ravaged world. Basically fun for the whole family - children being torn apart - giant fanged worms consuming corpses and all out mayhem. A fun quick - violent read …
Just started Nick Cave’s “The Death of Bunny Munro: A Novel” hopefully this gets better, the early chapters seem to read like a teenage boys sex filled romp including fantasising about Kylie Minogue’s ass, references to Avril Lavigne and spanking Madonna.
Infernal Angel by Edward Lee
My Mom gave me a Kindle two weeks ago when I went and visited her.So I’ve been sifting through all those books I never got around to reading and just randomly threw them in it. A ton of pulp that I would never buy for the bookshelf, because I would always pass it over for something better, an assortment of classics which I didn’t want to spend money on (mostly because I’m a cheap old bastard) and well anything I had laying around on the old hard-drive. But I figured with a device like this it’s a whole lot easier to sample crap then buy a book get angry and throw it across the room when I’ve had enough (yes this does happen.) Since I was recovering from a passing plague, I thought I should read utter nonsense to get the old brain whirling. I chose Edward Lee’s “Infernal Angel,” now I’ve read Lee’s “Flesh Gothic” and enjoyed it and I’ve read “City Infernal” the first part of this series. While it was no masterpiece it did make me laugh at its nonsensical version of Hell and its inhabitants. I really wasn’t expecting a whole lot from this and I was not disappointed. Much like a bad film you can’t shut off, this book just kept going and going. Werewolf prostitutes, Jesus clones, eyeball munching and babbling severed heads; it had me wondering if Edward Lee had chosen to be a filmmaker would his films be this insane? Instead he’s just another writer who has wasted several hours of my life. I’m not completely convinced I’ve seen the last of his work (he does seem to crank it out) perhaps next time will turn out better.