No Country for Old Men

No Country for Old Men

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy.   Great book and great movie. A small part of me wished I’d read the book first, or that I would have at least waited a few weeks before reading the book after seeing the movie. This way I could have imagined the characters myself rather than picturing the three main leads from the Cohen Brothers film. That being said, the three main actors are excellent, and perfect in their roles. There is a glimmer of hope in the novel. Only in the sense that though we can’t do a thing about the evil in the world, we can at least hold each others’ hands feeling each others’ love and warmth while either suffering through or observing the evils going on around us. There is no hope in the movie. The story is of three men: A good guy, the Sheriff, a mostly good though greedy guy, Moss, and the angel of death, Chigurh. This movie could have been called: The Good, The Greedy, and The Angel of Death. The good guy gets beat down in spite of himself. The greedy man looses because of himself. The Angel of Death succeeds because he is the Angel of Death. The movie centers around the chase. The book revolves around the Sheriff and his own internal quest for redemption. Neither would be a story without the bad decisions Moss makes. This story is biblical in its reach, and I’m talking Old Testament here. God is a vengeful motherfucker. I’m blown away by the writing, how McCarthy capture the vastness of West Texas, and...
Last post on 2017 Locus Award novella finalist. PART III

Last post on 2017 Locus Award novella finalist. PART III

Finally, I’ve made it through these ten novellas! It’s been a lot of fun, discovering all these new worlds and their authors, however I have to say that I’m glad to be moving on. I usually don’t take on a required ten-book reading list at once. That’s insane. I like to go from book to book, often on a whim I decide to read new authors, and reread old ones. I’m glad I did, though. And I hope you’ve enjoyed what I had to say about these books. The winners for the 2017 Locus Awards have been announced, and the book who won the Novella Award isn’t the one I would have chosen, however it was one of my top picks. If you want to know more, go check out the Locus Website. Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw. This is so Hard Boil, that at first it is a parody of Hard Boil, but then, as the story becomes a bit more serious, a little bit of Noir settles in and balances it out a bit. I enjoyed this book, and can’t wait to read more from this author. Tough guys, plenty of gore, weird creatures growing out of people’s necks, a little bit more gore, and plenty of black magic. What’s not to like? The writing is good. The imagery is perverse. The rhythm is fast. This is a good fun read, with plenty of real world nastiness that will continue to lurk in your subconscious long after you’re done. The Iron Tactician by Alastair Reynolds. I thought this was more of a long short story than...