zekejojo (zekejojo) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

  • Music:

61-62 (Steve Almond, Cassandra Clare)


61. Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life: A Book by and for the Fanatics Among Us - Almond, Steve
62. Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1; set in the same universe as The Mortal Instruments series) - Clare, Cassandra

I really liked Steve Almond's book (enough that I went ahead and bought two more of his books: My Life in Heavy Metal and his short-story collection The Evil B.B. Chow and Other Stories). But I feel a little guilty about it because the book was SO glib at times and went for the really cheap laugh pretty often. And self-deprecating humor is funny right up until I start rolling my eyes, you know? But wow, am I ever a fanatic like those described here! This book is specifically about music fanatics, of which I am a prime example, and I love the Boston-area focus of much of the book, including name-dropping one of my all-time favorites: Antje Duvekot. Oh, just take a second and read this to figure out if you'll like the book.

I loved Clockwork Angel, even more than I remember liking the previous trilogy. The friend who recommended the first series to me but hasn't read the new one yet said that people around the webs are saying it's just a repacking of the earlier storyline and characters. If that complaint is true, it's been long enough (almost a year) since I read them that I didn't notice. I think I like the lead females in this book more than I remember the ones in the previous books, at least. And the automaton storyline is just super cool. I'm looking forward to the sequels.

Possible next books:
I'm on a huge Jane-Austen-movies kick, so I'll probably have to reread Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Persuasion again. I guess Sense and Sensibility, too, though I like it less. And maybe this time I'll make it through Mansfield Park. And there's a slim chance I'd attempt Northanger Abbey, even though I hate gothic and mock-gothic literature.

A friend of mine is taking a class on vampires in literature and film, so I might read the books on the syllabus that I haven't yet, including maybe finally dragging my ass all the way through Dracula (ugh). More likely is this one, which apparently I've already bought for the Kindle app but not read yet: Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, Book 1) - Harrison, Kim.

Tinkers - Harding, Paul
Love Is a Mix Tape: Life, Loss, and What I Listened To - Sheffield, Rob
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto - Klosterman, Chuck
Too Late to Die Young: Nearly True Tales from a Life - Johnson, Harriet McBryde
Steve Almond's two other books mentioned above

I'm really anxious for Beautiful Darkness, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's sequel to Beautiful Creatures, to come out in October.

Any thoughts on Seth Grahame-Smith's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?
Tags: essays, music, supernatural, teen lit, urban fantasy, vampires, witchcraft, young adult

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