Reading List Week 2

A week later and my list of read books is not as impressive as I hoped it would be.  I read three books since my last post about my reading habits.  


 Infected by Scott Sigler

 The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby

 The Mao Game by Joshua Miller


 Scott Sigler caught my attention with his free audio books available through Itunes.  Infected is the first book of his triangle trilogy.  These are supposed to be horror/ thriller novels.  Written as a cross between Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Thing the dynamic characters and details of the story push the novel through quick chapters.  

 As a life long Michigander the locations in the book are easy for me to picture.  The references of sports teams and football are lost on me.  I will be looking forward to starting Contagious with the opening scene starting in Grand Rapids.  

 The Polysyllabic Spree is what started this weekly adventure for me.  In the book Nick Hornby, author of High Fidelity, chronicles over a year of his life of buying books and what he ready during a month.  Unlike Hornby I have no excuse for not reading at least one book over a week’s time span.  Considering how many books I own there is no excuse there isn’t anything to read.  

 The last book I read this week is The Mao Game.  A graphic attempt at a first novel, the Mao Game follows a teenage boy through his life in a Hollywood family.  Every member from grandmother to grandson has been through some for of sexual abuse and denial was the appropriate response from everyone responsible. The boy is a junky like his mother and grandmother.  Unlike the older women he is addicted to heroin and other drugs since he doesn’t have a doctor to write prescriptions for the opium he wants.  Several scenes go into detail about the sexual abuse he is forced to endure by his father.  During the book grandma is dying.

 I can’t say this was an enjoyable read.  After placing my two stars on I learn from other reviews that the author was the younger brother of Sabrina the Teenage Witch back in the 90’s.  had I known that this books was some self promomtion about how back his childhood as an actor was I would never have paid the $0.10 it cost me, or the hours I spent reading.  

 Currently I am reading Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer.  It currently has almost four stars so I hope I’m not making the same mistake.  Fifty pages in and so far confusion is the only thing that keeps me going.  A group of women are sent to a remote area to explore but everything about the exploration doesn’t make any sense and nobody has a name.  All of the characters are referred to by their job titles and that is it.  The mission has no clear goal.  This is what bugs me most.  It better have a reason for the journey soon.  

 Attached is a picture of the books I picked up this week.  Some, like Chickenhawk, have repeatedly come up on Goodreads and I can’t turn down a Conan novel that I haven’t read yet.  


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