This month we are starting with the book Normal People by Sally Rooney. The Librarything blurb is as follows:
Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person’s life – a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us – blazingly – about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. Alternating menace with overwhelming tenderness, Sally Rooney’s second novel breathes fiction with new life.
The last several books have all been award winners of some sort or another. And as far as I’m concerned, they’ve all been nothing but utter trash, a waste of the readers time and a showcase for the arrogance and stupidity of the authors. I don’t feel very strongly on this though, as I’m sure you can tell 😉
Another book I “didn’t” feel strongly about was Torchship Captain. When I look at that cover, I see the Captain’s face in her little space helmet. It looks pretty cool actually.
A book, or series of books really, that stood out for their interesting “face on the cover” was the Necroscope series by Lumley. I picked Deadspeak to showcase the flavor of the art. Screaming metallic skulls are cool. As long as they aren’t anybody I know anyway. Sometimes knowing people isn’t a good thing.
It is definitely not a good idea to know someone when you are reading their book. Interphase was just such a book. I was way too nice in my review. I probably should have known better as well, since the authors talked about nothing but gaming in the short time I interacted with them.
A non-fiction book about gaming was Masters of Doom. A quick and dirty look at the co-creators of the video game Doom, that was such a hit in the 90’s. It brought back all the nostalgia feelz for me.
The books based on the video game, sadly, elicited no such feelz. Knee-Deep in the Dead was a novelization of a walk through of the first Doom Game. In my review I said that to call this cardboard’y was to insult cardboard. It was that bad.
And that is how you go from Normal People to Doom in 5 easy steps!
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