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review 2018-10-15 15:32
A Chill in the Air: An Italian War Diary 1939–1940 - Iris Origo

A very compelling and eloquent account by Iris Origo which conveys both the tempo and temper of life that existed in Italy as she went from being a sometimes uneasy German ally and neutral to a full-fledged co-belligerent with Germany after June 10, 1940. The diary begins on March 27, 1939 and ends on July 23, 1940.

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review 2018-10-15 00:36
What is said and unsaid
An Artist of the Floating World - Kazuo Ishiguro

This quiet book is supposedly about a man and his two daughters, but it is also a look at what happened and why memory is a funny thing.  The book is more for what is understand.  it is one of those books where the long silences actually carry the weight of the story.

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text 2018-10-13 23:08
BOOKLIKES! WHY Did I need to ADD this!?!?!?
The Walking Dead, Vol. 30: New World Order - Charlie Adlard,Cliff Rathburn,Stefano Gaudiano, 'Robert Kirkman'

Yes, I know it was published just over a month ago, on 9/11/2018.  But IT'S THE WALKING DEAD!  Just HAVE THINGS I WANT TO READ!  HAVE THEM!  THAT'D BE GREAT, THANKS!!!!

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review 2018-10-11 03:17
The Cabin at the End of the World
The Cabin at the End of the World - Paul Tremblay

Oh. My god. This book is amazing and heartbreaking and horrifying all at once. I love it. I really do.

 

So, to start, I read most of this at work and I feel it's important to say that I don't make a habit out of reading at work. It's been an oddly slow week though and so the book is a good option of keeping myself entertained. I definitely chose a good book for that.

 

Tremblay has a way with words that is just incredible. Like, this is one of the few books I read and really consider art, an example of why good writing is a craft. Everything was so well formulated and put together it's insane. I wish this book was out when I was in college because I could spend HOURS dissecting every little detail, exploring every little theory. 

 

The greatest triumph to this book is the emotional investment it gets from me as a reader. I had the heebie jeebies at the end of chapter one, just from the way he describes the approach of the strangers. I felt that uncomfortable horror all throughout the book, and in many ways, this is a scary book. It preys on the kind of horror that really keeps me awake at night. 

 

But it has its humor and lighter moments and all the characters are incredible. Wen, of course, is amazing but I think Sabrina was my favorite after I read the chapter from her perspective. That chapter was chilling and I have goosebumps just thinking about it. 

 

Really, much like Bird Box, my only complaint about the book is that it had to end and that it ended without much explanation. Was the group right or were they manipulated? Is the world really going to end? What was the figure of light and what was controlling the strangers? That's part of what makes this book scary, the lack of answers at the end, but that's also what makes this book specifically a horror novel. I still wish it was more definitive, but at the same time I wouldn't change a thing.

 

Final rating: 5 out of 5 stars. I'm emotionally spent and gonna go cry in a corner for a few minutes. All good things, of course.

 

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text 2018-10-10 21:25
Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 270 pages.
The Cabin at the End of the World - Paul Tremblay

This thought hit me on my lunch break:

Redmond: War

Adrian: Famine

Sabrina: Pestulance 

Leonard: Death

 

I figured they were the Four Horsemen early on (Or Four Archangels, or both) but it just hit me which was which. Come and see, as the first section says.

 

The question is, how is this gonna effect the final resolution? Is Wen Jesus? I can see it.

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