A rec from a friend

Hello all!

As you can see, I’m taking my sweet time in between books. I used to spend hours reading, and for days upon days, but I’ve become such a NetFlixer that I find myself forgetting the beautiful pages of yesteryear.

During my absence I would love to show you a review from a new friend. Yea for Twitter and other networking sites and how you meet interesting new people! Meet Jamila (@MsChicGeek) of Girl Gone Geek. She is eight levels of awesome.

She has recently started a series on her blog called “Book Crush” where she will share her favorites books. The series begins with “The Absolutly True Diary of a Part Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie. I have heard of this author but have never read their books; this review makes me want to change that.

Hop on over to her wonderfully funny blog and check out the review!

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CBR-III Review #1: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”

-The Usual Suspects 

In college I was introduced to the writings of Neil Gaiman and I have never looked back. The Sandman graphic novels are as breath-taking as they are fantastical. I had not heard of Terry Pratchet (most known for his Discworld series) until the summer I spent with the Texas Shakespeare company. A friend gave me this book, and it has been one of my all-time favorites ever since.

 A review of Good Omens in the San Francisco Chronicle states “It reads like the Book of Revelation rewritten by Monty Python”, and I couldn’t agree more.  The story switches narratives frequently, with everyone from Satanic nuns to the Four Horsemen to the Antichrist himself, but the majority of the perspective is from an angel (Aziraphale) and a demon (Crowley), who first met outside the Garden of Eden.

 These two characters, albeit perhaps Crowley slightly more so, are what bring me back to this book over and over again. The authors’ interpretation of ancient evil versus modern evil is both funny and deeply convicting. It has been on my mind lately as I read C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters. Seeing temptation and sin from the eyes of the demon opens your mind to a lot.

 There is a brilliant scene early in the text where Crowley has a meeting with two high-ranking demons, Hastur and Ligur. These two reside in Hell, while Crowley has a posh flat in London’s district of Mayfair. The meeting is essentially a progress report on acquiring souls. Both Hastur and Ligur tell stories of planting one temptation into the life of one person, saying things like, “In a decade, we shall have him.” You almost picture a pale, stooped elder working away in a basement, perfecting every tiny nook and cranny on a work of art, readying it for a showroom.

 Crowley then reports that he “tied up every portable telephone system in Central London for forty-five minutes at lunchtime.”

 This means nothing to the Dukes of Hell, who do not understand the modern world in any way.

 “What could he tell them? That twenty thousand people got bloody furious? That you could hear the arteries clanging shut all across the city? And that then they went back and took it out on other people? In all kinds of vindictive little ways which, and here was the good bit, they thought up themselves. For the rest of the day. The pass-along effects were incalculable. Thousands and thousands of souls all got a faint patina of tarnish, and you hardly had to lift a finger.”

 I come back to this book again and again, laughing at new things every time. And each time I find something new that causes me to stand back and reevaluate my life. Perhaps that makes me simple, to find beauty and lessons in something as small as humorous fiction. I can live with that.

 Read this book. I can not say it more simply.

 **I recently found out that, if Terry Gilliam had been able to make the film (originally set for 2002, later moved to 2006, eventually shelved), he desperately wanted Pete Postlethwaite to play Shadwell. It would be such a great casting. It is truly a shame the movie couldn’t have been made during his lifetime. **

**Also, this book inspired by (upcomign) second tattoo.**

Books to read

Here are a few books I have already found intriguing by other CBR reviews:

The Magicians, by Lev Grossman (http://timesucker.blogspot.com/2009/11/cannonball-read-ii-1-what-happens-after.html)

The Keep, by Jennifer Egan (http://pinkymcladybits.blogspot.com/2011/01/cbriii-book1-keep-by-jennifer-egan.html)

God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Story-Line of the Bible, by Vaughan Roberts (http://bookbloggyblogg.wordpress.com/2010/12/02/cannonball-1-gods-big-picture-tracing-the-story-line-of-the-bible-by-vaughan-roberts/)

I’ve got a small stack of books at home that I bought last year, to which I never got around – oi – so I will most likely start there.

Starting the CBR-III

Hello fellow Cannonball Readers and book lovers. I made this WordPress blog to follow my book reviews, so you can always check back here to catch up on what I’m reading. If you are especially bored, you can readmy random life ramblings on my home blog: www.honeysuckleblossom.blogspot.com