by the name of http://wolfyttwisted.tumblr.com/ who is just, crazy cool. Wolfy has been working on this series of books, I don’t even know how to describe it, that has just knocked my socks off. I’ve only had the infinite pleasure of reading the first book and part of the second book and I’m sitting here asking myself: Why did I not have these to read as a young moody teenager?
I’ll admit I’m still a Whedon-vampire fan and a Rice-vampire fan but this book and the characters takes everything and flips it on it’s head and then puts it back together in a way that makes a lot of sense. There were a lot of books put out after the Buffy/Angel craziness (I’ll admit fanfiction and the books written for it) but they were like pale shades of something better. I read a lot of em, don’t make me list them all and it always went with something romantic (some didn’t but they barely made an impression) and sexual.
I guess that’s why ‘The Dogtrot Murder’ and ‘Toothaches’ reads so well. It doesn’t have a drop-dead gorgeously dumb main-character-victim and his life is so ordinary that it’s extraordinary. It’s a tale of misfortune and finding happiness in surprising places. I’ll admit that I began to really like Maurice and Meranda a lot as they each lost control of their lives and fought to regain it.
The way Wolfy writes is so distinctive. It seems to be very much a view of how the characters think and explore their world. To me, as a Midwesterner coming to a most western Colorado and country-life it is easy to relate to it. I am sure that almost everyone has been though some lonely town like Dogtrot and seen the fields stretch on forever all around you.
Fahrenheit 451 is the most terrifying book I have ever read.
As a kid, I had the great pleasure of reading my father’s, The Stories of Ray Bradbury, for almost 3 years before reading Fahrenheit 451. If you’re not familiar with Bradbury, 451 is incredibly shocking and terrifying. I wasn’t shocked my first time reading it because my exposure to Bradbury had taught me to look past the surface meaning to see the meaning. It is not about censorship, it is about a future where information means… nothing. It has no context. Nothing to connect us to it. The information presented to us by the media is worthless. I think today that applies more than ever to the internet. And that was more terrifying than anything else for me.
I love Bradbury. I love when he scares us and makes us think and his stories can fit into almost any modern time-period. Of his short-stories, The Jar. How I despise that story because I can feel my imagination thinking about who I know and it is just.. the worst feeling in the world. My personal favorite for some reason is, The Fog Horn, especially when living in Illinois. I even love the inspiration for this story too as Bradbury said he and his wife were walking along a beach and found a ruined roller-coaster track lying half in the water like a beached, heart-broken dinosaur come to see the source of the noise that called to it.