Thursday, June 18, 2009

Things I'd like to see more of

Books about zombies, Mr. Darcy, and Elizabeth Bennet -- I haven't read a single Jane Austen novel yet. I can't stand all that gossip. Hopefully, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will make me eager to read one.

Books about vampires that do not sparkle and actually have fangs -- I'm a big fan of Guillermo Del Toro. Naturally, I just have to get The Strain, the first in his horror trilogy about vampires in Manhattan.

Books about history that aren't boring -- I'm a big fan of books about World War II. Nicholson Baker's Human Smoke, which is mostly made up of anecdotes, provides a fresh angle on that turbulent age.

Books that explore issues relevant to people today -- Francesca Lia Block's Baby Be-Bop is one young adult novel that every teenager should read. The writing is fresh and urgent, and the controversial theme is unapologetic.

What I can do without

People who go out of their way to ban books -- A Christian group has sued for the right to burn Block's Baby Be-Bop in public. Check it here. Effing unbelievable in this day and age!


line of flight said...

when I was young and totally out of control, I read every Austen novel one week because the person I had a crush on was into Austen. Otherwise, I would have never read any of her novels. Disturbing.

the geek said...

available na ba dito sa atin yung baby be-bop?

Peter Michael C. Sandico said...

Hello, the geek! Actually, it's a relatively old book. I haven't seen a copy in bookstores lately.

vvb32 reads said...

ooo, did not know that the strain was about vampires. i'll have to check it out!
hmmm, wonder what be-bop is about.