Books.

I have started reading again after what would seem to be quite a gap. I mean reading properly, like a book a night, or instead of picking up the Xbox controller or a bottle of Becks I am now reading in the afternoon with a cup of tea, hand picked from my vastly growing library of books. This year I have read several books in quite a spate of reading and for the first time I am seeking out books outside of the normal scope and my normal comfort zone. The following is a 2009 Book Adventure Update.

Batman The Killing Joke, Alan Moore
Written by the guy behind that OTHER comic book I like, Moore tells us the origin story and various other tidbits about the famous Joker in a perplexing and brilliantly paced book. It offers so much more than I originally thought it would, and the art work is slightly brilliant, treading the fine lines between old batman and post-Watchmen style comic books. It’s not as good as The Dark Knight Returns, but it comes close.

Sin City 3: The Big Fat Kill, Frank Miller
Taken in order the Sin City books are brilliant. Taken with the movie in mind they are incredible – you can see the movie in perfect balance and it really is the most amazing adaptation. This, Dwight’s second story, a direct sequel to the previous A Dame to Kill For, features Jackie Boy, a talking head, Gayle and Little Deadly Miho. Bloody brilliant and perfectly inked as always.

Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates
This is the first novel I have read that I knew nothing about and the plot hooked me straight away, and I was rushed through the lives of April and Frank in a rather impressive twisting to lives that actually made me feel for the characters. Was it any good? Yeah it was good, but the tragedy and the fear the characters had was lost in the disconnect between the 1950s American and the 2000s Scotland – the people were comparable and the problems were too but I just didn’t connect enough to be that engaged.

All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy
Dark, brooding, mysterious, beautiful… there was something about this novel that had me and held onto me for the whole time I was reading it. I was never sure what was going to happen and I was never sure which of the Characters I liked the most - the childish Blevins, the steady Grady Cole, or the insulting but endearing Rawlins. The story takes place over the Texas-Mexico border and some of the language used, even when some of the parts are in untranslated Spanish, is brilliant. One of the best books I have read in a long time, and has made me start to look out British and Scottish books like it.

American Psycho, Brett Easton Ellis
The book that gave us the memorable film is actually better, even when I cannot disconnect Christian Bale's Bateman (close to Batman, ha) from the described Bateman the parts from the film that I enjoyed are here but with more brilliant thoughts from Bateman's deranged mind. The details are impressive - detailed descriptions of everything the other characters are wearing with almost lust is quite brilliant, and the eventual turn out at the end... well, it's good. A very good book.

The Restraint of Beasts, Magnus Mills
The February book for the Book Club I joined was Cormac McCarthy's The Road, but I have not picked it up yet... even though Facebook says I have. XD Anyway, this last 3 days - either a good testament to the book or it was just too short and too easy a read. It is the oddest book I have read since Fight Club... the characters are quite brilliant and the storyline is so mundane that you wonder what could possibly take place, but the over all feeling is kind of like, well "Meh" to be honest. I laughed out loud at several points, especially in 4 distinct parts, and the English - Scottish coarseness was excellent. I enjoyed it but I wouldn't read it again.

Coming Up
- The Crossing, Cormac McCarthy (sequel to All the Pretty Horses)
- The Road, Cormac McCarthy (I kind of need to read it)
- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce (Booya, classics)

But the next book, starting today:
- Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami