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Reading Challenge Update: April

Different Seasons by Stephen King: technically not finished

I'm being real cute and only reading one story from this collection per season. Get it? Awe. It's adorable. Anyway. Apt Pupil. Man, it is intense. I'm giving it five stars. It made me super uncomfortable, which is normal since it's about a budding psychopath and a literal Nazi war criminal. The boy, thinking he's real cute, decides to torment the old man once he realizes who he actually is. But, as you can expect, the old Nazi turns it around on him. The boy's plan backfires spectacularly. And, in the end, they both get exactly what they deserve. So, thanks Uncle Stevie, for that. It's such a great story, a little longer than most shorts, but it's Stephen King so that's to be expected. I also recently watched the film adaptation for the first time. It's good. I hated seeing Sir Ian McKellan portray a Nazi, but he did a great job. Also, David Schwimmer's mustache does not get enough credit for it's role in the film. I'm convinced that 'stache is what made Todd resort to blackmail rather than murder. You can't kill a 'stache that spectacular.

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley: 3 stars

I listened to this book rather than reading it, which may have been my problem with it. The narrator did that weird thing some male narrators do when women are speaking. He did a high-pitched falsetto and it was grating. His kid voice was even worse. But, the actual plot was good. A private plane full of very rich people and a random artist takes off from Martha's Vineyard and crashes in the ocean. The artist and the young son of the plane owner survive. The book then goes into the history of each of the people on the plane as the investigators try to determine what happened. And then it abruptly ends.

Here's what I'm currently reading and my thoughts and feelings.

Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: shaping up to be 5 glorious stars

I love this book. It's high fantasy, which isn't normally my jam, but it's so well written. Like, it's up there with Lord of the Rings for me. And it's a series so I'm looking forward to diving in to book two as soon as I finish book one. I'm almost there; only a hundred pages left.

Lost in a Good Book: Thursday Next #2 by Jasper Fforde

It's busy in here. Fforde's books are FULL of literary references and puns. His books are fun, but I'm not always in the mood for them. Sometimes, they're a bit overwhelming. This was shaping up to be one of those times and then I got super into it. It picked up as soon as Miss Havisham got involved. There isn't an easy way to explain the Thursday Next books, but I'll give it a go. She's a literary detective who can dive into books in order to save them.

I'll Be Gone in the Dark: one woman's obsessive search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

I started this one yesterday and I'm already half finished. It's a true crime, obviously, about a man who was never caught. I love true crime, but it also scares me and, sometimes, feels a bit gross. Gillian Flynn, who does a beautiful introduction, says, and I'm paraphrasing, as a fan of true crime, I understand I'm consuming someone's tragedy so I'll only read the very best. McNamara's book is the very best. She focuses heavily on the victims, survivors, and the investigators. Unfortunately, McNamara passed away before finishing the book. Using her research and articles she wrote on her true crime blog, her lead research assistant was able to piece together the parts of the narrative Michelle was unable to finish herself. If you like true crime, check it out. It's as well researched and written as Truman Capote's In Cold Blood.

Miss my last Reading Challenge update? You can read it here.

Hmm. You actually are what I'm reading? Read February's here.

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