Thursday, August 11, 2011
Zombies Love Follow Friday...
Happy Follow Friday!
May the screaming begin!
Or, at least some friendly waving...
Q. How have your reading habits changed since you were a teen? or If you are still a teen what new genres are you in love with currently?
A. When I was a teen, I read more romance novels and vampire books than I do today. I still love both, but my tastes vary. I am more prone now to read YA before reading any other genre. Why? I think it is due in part to the YA genre being so diverse. I love the gritty books like Ellen Hopkins, the zombie books from Jonathan Maberry, the Morganville Vampire books from Rachel Caine and even some of the chick lit types. They are just more fun than some of the adult books I have read lately.
My newest love has to be zombie books, however. Just sayin.
“Let’s talk crazy book titles! Highlight one or two (or as many as you like!) titles in your personal collection that have the most interesting titles! If you can’t find any, feel free to find one on the internet!”
Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy. A little hapless, somewhat neurotic, sort of a hypochondriac. He's what's known as a Beta Male: the kind of fellow who makes his way through life by being careful and constant -- you know, the one who's always there to pick up the pieces when the girl gets dumped by the bigger/taller/stronger Alpha Male.
But Charlie's been lucky. He owns a building in the heart of San Francisco, and runs a secondhand store with the help of a couple of loyal, if marginally insane, employees. He's married to a bright and pretty woman who actually loves him for his normalcy. And she, Rachel, is about to have their first child.
Yes, Charlie's doing okay for a Beta. That is, until the day his daughter, Sophie, is born. Just as Charlie -- exhausted from the birth -- turns to go home, he sees a strange man in mint-green golf wear at Rachel's hospital bedside, a man who claims that no one should be able to see him. But see him Charlie does, and from here on out, things get really weird. . . .
People start dropping dead around him, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death. It's a dirty job. But hey, somebody's gotta do it.
Christopher Moore, the man whose Lamb served up Jesus' "missing years" (with the funny parts left in), and whose Fluke found the deep humor in whale researchers' lives, now shines his comic light on the undiscovered country we all eventually explore -- death and dying -- and the results are hilarious, heartwarming, and a hell of a lot of fun.
This is a riot of a book. The title is nothing to smirk at, but the book itself is a shriek fest of epic proportions.