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It is that time again! The end of the week and the conclusion of another month. Time seems to be flying. And while I feel like very little has happened here on the blog, I have made some very important leaps in real life. I am tempted to call March a big success. I hope that each of you can say the same.
I will be wrapping up with my usually weekly summary and short story mini review as well as discussing a decision I have made regarding my review process. And as always, I will provide my typically lazy monthly recap 😉
The Monkey’s Paw
By W.W. Jacobs
First published September 1902
Now part of the Gutenberg Project
Genre: Short Story/Horror
Writer W. W. Jacobs haunting tale of how a mans cavalier wishes are tragically granted by an exotic but cursed talisman, wreaking havoc on what was previously a content family.
The Monkey’s Paw is your standard “be careful of what you wish for” tale, that manages to incorporate enough subtle yet key elements of the supernatural. This is an atmospheric read that manages to provide the reader with a valuable lesson in a small amount of time. Reading through the pages, it was easy to see that more current author’s may have drawn inspiration from this classic tale. This one is impossible to dissect to any real depth without revealing the story in its entirety. I will sum it up as an eerily fun read that delivers that timeless lesson, greed and desire can certainly undo even the best of man.
This week I am still continuing with Let the Right One In. New med and few hurdles have slowed me down, but I am really enjoying this one! I even picked up a copy of the original film this week and look forward to doing a comparison. I also started a new GN:
By Charles Burns
Suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s. We learn from the out-set that a strange plague has descended upon the area’s teenagers, transmitted by sexual contact. The disease is manifested in any number of ways — from the hideously grotesque to the subtle (and concealable) — but once you’ve got it, that’s it. There’s no turning back.
As we inhabit the heads of several key characters — some kids who have it, some who don’t, some who are about to get it — what unfolds isn’t the expected battle to fight the plague, or bring heightened awareness to it , or even to treat it. What we become witness to instead is a fascinating and eerie portrait of the nature of high school alienation itself — the savagery, the cruelty, the relentless anxiety and ennui, the longing for escape.
And then the murders start.
As hypnotically beautiful as it is horrifying, Black Hole transcends its genre by deftly exploring a specific American cultural moment in flux and the kids who are caught in it- back when it wasn’t exactly cool to be a hippie anymore, but Bowie was still just a little too weird.
To say nothing of sprouting horns and molting your skin…
I also want to make note that after following the fantastic Lorraine @TheBookReviewCafe and her recent decision to throw out the star ratings that a lot of us use, it began to make so much sense. I have touched with her briefly on how well I enjoy her lack of star ratings and how it has worked out for her. I am deciding to follow suit. I will not be altering previous reviews (therefore you can still reference my old system), but going forward, on the blog there will be no stars. Don’t fret, should you actually want them, they will still be present on Goodreads and Amazon for ranking purposes. But my hope is that you will take enough away from my reviews without the need for stars. I want you to walk away with an opinion influenced only by the insight provided and not numbers or stars 😉
March Lazy Recap!
Books Read: 9
Top Read: Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames – Review here!
Graphic Novels Read: 3
Top Read: Low, Volume 1 – Review here!
Sadly, I did not accomplish my Pairing Teas & Reads as I had wished. Long story short: I was unable to get out and explore new teas this past month due to my health and the nonhusbands travel. I will make a concerted effort going forward!
Notable Posts on a Very Relevant Topic:
I am currently in the middle of a mental overhaul and hope to go forward with a less stressful and more realistic approach to this blog and the community I love. There has been a lot of talk circulating regarding “blogger guilt” because it is a real problem for many. This has also brought to light another valuable topic, expectations. I do not normally feature other posts as my monthly wrap up, but here are a few of my favorite posts for this past month that I hope you can take something of valuable from if you every find yourself struggling between the guilt and your own standards as I do:
May your bookshelf always be full and your cup over flowing!