Friday, 12 October 2018

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Title details for The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - Wait listReferences to this book kept coming up and for the life of me, I couldn't recall a thing about the story.  Mind you, it's been about forty years since I read it during high school.  When I told friends I was going to read it again, several told me not to waste my time or not to bother with such an old book.  It was written in 1925.  I pressed on regardless of their comments.
As I listened to the audio book I started to wonder how this book had such staying power.  The opening chapters were rather boring.  Now whether this was the causal reading by the narrator or it was too long drawn of an intro, I can't say.  Once Daisy was introduced, my interest started to pick up and by the time Jay Gatsby appeared, I was into the tale.
I still won't say it was an amazing book, but I am glad I re-read it.  It is a tale that plays out time and again.  Love is never a straight path and even if you can get what you think you want, it's not always what you need.  An then there are the crazy rich people, who just have no concept of reality.  They live their indolent lives with no notice nor concern for the wreckage they leave behind them.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Last Pick by Jason Walz

This is my idea of the perfect graphic novel.  A solid plot line, kick ass main characters, and awesome drawings that support the story.

Twins Sam and Wyatt have been on their own since the alien invaders abducted their parents three years earlier.  Sam does what she can to obstruct the alien plans and to help the remaining humans.  Those left include people too old, too young or too disabled to be of use.  Has Wyatt's otherness saved him, will Sam evade the aliens as they return for more humans.

I enjoyed the closeness of Wyatt and Sam.  They totally have each others backs, but they still squabble and disagree.  I was caught up in the story and disappointed when I reached the last page.  The story continues in Last pick: Born to Run.

I received and advanced reader copy of this book from First Second Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Baby Don't Worry [official video] - Sam Krüger

My nephew Sam's first official video