I just got a TON of new books and advance copies to read! I can’t even express how happy I am.
The first review will be uploaded tomorrow so don’t forget to check it out.
I know, I know, it’s been a while.
You all know that there are certain stories that reach within us and grab hold and never let go. You know what those stories are, you tell about them to few people because you feel like you are sharing something of yours, something very precious and intimate. To me, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is one of those.
I read it for the first time a while back and I remember with incredible clarity the feeling of dread, my own anxiety mounting as my mind was taken deeper into the bucolic scene. I felt like a stalked prey, sensing menace but unable to find evidence of it to sustain it. I remember this feeling. And I remember the odd and guilty feeling of relief at the violent climax.
I read it again today and was struck by the sudden grief of remembered trauma. This is a tale of the violence we condone as a society, of how wrong what we deem acceptable can be. This is a cautionary tale of sorts that should be remembered.
To get a copy in paperback or ebook you can click on the image or here for the Amazon page.
If you want to read some reviews on this short story click here to go to the Goodreads page.
If you want to know more about Shirley Jackson click here to go to her Goodreads author page.
Please let me know what you think of it in the comment section.
See you soon!
This is just a quick note to let you know I will be posting a couple of entries later today and there will be updates to the reading list as well.
CYBERCASTLE by Syd Mead: This was a gouache illustration done for a client who was going to use as an art direction and modeling guide to model a three-dimensional web site opening scene.
I’ve been wanting to make a few posts on artists that I find inspiring and I thought it would be great to start with Syd Mead.
Syd Mead (Sydney Jay Mead) is a concept artist, self-defined as “visual futurist”, who worked for car companies and movies such as Tron (1980), Blade Runner (1980), Timecop (1994), Mission to Mars (2000), Mission: Imposible III (2005) and, more recently, Elysium (2013) among others.
If you are interested in learning more about him, click on the image at the top (Cybercastle) to go to his biography in his official website. Unfortunately, his website focuses on his latest illustrations but here is some of his earlier work that I really love:
U.S. Steel Hovering Station Wagon from Syd Mead’s book sentinel. – From the U.S. Steel book Concepts … a family outing with an air-ground-effect station wagon on a road bordered by an electronic guidance fence.
Syd Mead: U.S. Steel Interface – a portfolio of probabilities, 1969 – Residential City Modules – In the domestic scene above, Mead presents his design for a residence built with steel post and beam modules with a cast ornamental frame visible just inside the building.
Innovari High Performance Coupe, concept artwork Mead created for the U.S. Steel book Innovations (1968). From Syd Mead’s book Sentinel. – In the performance-oriented coupe above, Mead takes full advantage of the opportunity to display steel trim items around the glass, lights, wheel assemblies and exhaust system. The illustration is capped by a unique Mead touch – the little boy’s incredible pet.
Hypervan on Crimson Plaza, 2003
Syd Mead: U.S. Steel Interface – a portfolio of probabilities, 1969
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‘A Dark Matter’ by Peter Straub
(click on the image to buy this book on Amazon)
So, if you have read my post on “The Great God Pan” and you gave it a try and loved it or if you already new it and loved it, the book I just finished has to have a place in your “To be Read” list.
This book has the same mystery atmosphere in a more intricate story you will really enjoy.
You can find a full list of Peter Straub’s books here.
Just in case my endorsement for this author is not enough, he co-wrote some books with Stephen King (The Talisman, Black House).
The reading list has been updated!! Check out my Goodreads.com shelf for 2014 here to see this and all the books I’ve read so far.
P.S.: Check the book preview below 😉
So, in all honesty, I had my doubts about this post. I’m not ashamed to say that I seriously considered lying by omission.
You see, lately I’ve read a new book series that, even though formulaic, provide for fun, fast and entertaining reading, specially for the summer (middle of summer here) when you want a good adventure with some romance and a happy ending. This series I have to say, has all of that.
So if you are looking for a something light to read (and blush a bit with), the New Species books are for you.
Click on the image above or follow the link below to check out all the books of this series and explore other books in Laurann Dohner’s universe at www.lauranndohner.com
P.S.: 2014 reading list updated!!! Check out the ones I’ve read so far here.
I’ve been busy lately and basically this new project is what suffered most.
So, this is in fact an apology post for the very nice people already following this blog.
I’m closing this post with a song that sums up how I’ve been lately (but not anymore thankfully)