This volume at 668 pages takes a while to get through and it's worth the time spent. It deals with a man bitten by a wolf, becoming a werewolf and then a superhero. Tragedy besets him at various stages as he discovers more about what he can do, what is expected of him and he attempts to clear his name of a crime that the world thinks that he has committed.
Plotwise, there are not many surprises if you're a fond reader of the superhero comic genre but it's well-told and interesting enough with reasonably clear illustrations and incorporating the Robert Kirkman comic universe (Invincible etc..). Worth a look.
I"m not sure why but I've yet again found myself distanced from BL as I was in the earlier months of this year. I'm trying to get back into participating on the site a bit more and noted that I'm way behind on posting what I've been reading in that time.
The good news is that I've caught up with most of my reading challenges for the year and should manage to read over my 150 goal.
Yearly reading challenge update (May) - 60/150
Read in May - 7
Audio - 4
Novel/novella - 3
Graphic Novels - 0
Yearly reading challenge update (June) -72 /150
Read in June - 12
Audio - 2
Novel/novella - 5
Graphic Novels - 5
Yearly reading challenge update (July) - 98/150
Read in July - 26
Audio - 0
Novel/novella - 9
Graphic Novels - 17
Total reading challenge 98/150 (65%)
A-Z Challenge - 18/26 (69%)
Graphic novels challenge - 37/50 (74%)
Random TBR Challenge - 6/25 (24%)
Just lagging behind in the TBR challenge, have managed to catch up with everything else.
On a personal note it's been a stressful few months with insurance repair issues and the insurance company only just denying my claim after pissing around for a few months. I have now had to go back to my former insurer to lodge a claim, very frustrating, especially as I had wanted my property to go on the market at the end of September/early October. Trying not to panic but hopefully things will go a little bit smoother over the next few months.
Still leaving in December so nothings changing that and to be honest it can't come soon enough.
Edgar Allan Poe is best known for his dark and psychological poems and short stories that have had an influence not only American literature throughout the world not only in literature but television and film. Yet while a number of Poe’s work has stood the test of time and made a large impression, a lot more expose stereotypical tropes and themes that repeat so much that they lose impact to the reader.
Before I go through the problems I have with Poe, I’m going to spend a little time praising his better pieces. “The Raven” is obviously the best known of Poe’s poetry and arguably his best, even though you’ve might have read it or heard it read before just reading it again makes you appreciate it before. The three Auguste Dupin short stories, the precursors to the detective genre, are wonderful reads in which Poe’s deductive reason is used well in written form to create fascinating mysteries and solutions. Although I could go on, the last story I will mention is “The Cask of Amontillado” which is a fantastic revenge story in which the narrator has no qualms with it afterwards.
Unfortunately this unrepentant narrator in “Amontillado” is unfortunately the exception to Poe’s trope of the narrator going crazy with guilt and admitting his crime which is featured in many stories Poe wrote. Along with a young woman always dying and premature burials, Poe’s writing is fraught with these tropes that after a while exhaust the reader with the almost predictable way a trope takes over a particular story to end with the same way. While these trope takeovers are discouraging, the tendency of Poe to begin a short story with a philosophical discourse only for the narrator to suddenly go off on a tangent (usually on a murder he committed) that had nothing to do with the discourse at the beginning. Frankly these literary quirks, or crutches, that Poe used throughout numerous compositions get tiresome while reading the entirety of Poe’s work and make one question his supposed literary greatness.
If you a true Poe fan, this complete collection of his tales and poems are for you. However, if you are someone who wants the best of Poe then avoid this complete collection and find a smaller collection that gives his best.
Eureka: A Prose Poem
My rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars