Ok I definitely didn’t read three books in November or December, but in all fairness I read a behemoth of a book so that should count for something. And this is it: my last two books of 2012, which is pretty rad since they were both about blood and guts.
The Passage by Justin Cronin: I don’t want to give any spoilers on this one because I hope other nerds will read this book and be as surprised as I was, but what I can tell you is that there is the “end” of the world, a band of travelers, vampires, and a whole lot of other stuff I don’t want to give away. I was hooked from the very beginning when the main character’s background is developed, and when I was only about 1/3 through the book I was constantly getting my mind blown. It’s like every time a chapter ended, I was like, “Did that really just happen? What ELSE could possibly happen?!” A lot. And I don’t even like vampires (thankfully these ones don’t fall in love or have porno sex all the time). Anyway, I’m excited to read the next book (The Twelve) despite a lackluster review I read recently (but I’ll save that for 2013).
I also read on Wikipedia that Ridley Scott bought the rights to the book for film production (which turns my stomach because Ridley Scott hasn’t made a decent movie in 20 years) but should not be confused with a 2007 movie The Passage that stars Steven Dorff.
Vlad the Impaler by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon: Strangely enough, the book I had waiting for me after The Passage was also loosely about vampires (totally coincidental). I picked this baby up at Dollar Tree and was so excited because Vlad the Impaler (as a topic) is next on my list to immerse myself in. There were so many copies that I considered buying a stack to use as a book group in my 6th grade classroom – WHAT WAS I THINKING?! This book was short, but to the point (pun intended!). It follows the detached childhood of Prince Vlad of Wallochia and his subsequent raping and pillaging and, of course, impaling. For a bargain bin graphic novel, I felt pleased with the gory artwork and satisfied with the speed of the storytelling (albeit I was confused at times).
So what do I do? Cross off #17 because I really did read a lot? or leave it uncrossed because I didn’t technically seal the deal? Opinions? I have two days to decide.
I would also like to add that if you have can recommend a great apocalyptic book, please let me know. I feel like I’ve read MANY, but at the same time I know there are many books out there waiting for me to read them.