So as I was getting off the V train I realized that I am the kind of obnoxious literary snob I used to make fun of the “English Club” for pretending to being. I bought the new book by Sarah Vowel, a regular contributor on NPR and a frequent guest of Conan O’Brien on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. This book, The Partly Cloudy Patriot, is famous because in the audiotape version Conan plays Abraham Lincoln. But As I’m leaving the train station, I’m thinking about what a tool I am and I want to jot it down in my palm pilot. I resist the urge as a run for the bus, which I missed. But I just finished a few other really good books that you should check out.
Diary by Chuck Palahniuk. In his latest novel he kind of shows that he, and most male writers, really can’t write in a woman’s voice. The story was really intriguing and got good in the second half of the book. I really like his style, but his fiction is getting a little formulaic. So I’m looking forward to the non-fiction book this summer. The letter at the end was lame, but it got a smile out of me.
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Though this one won’t be out until the fall, this is going to be Harry Potter big. The prequel to the Peter Pan saga, sheds light on lots of things that were just taken for granted in the book Peter Pan. I’m not going to give anything away but … yes that’s who you think it is. No that one isn’t. And wasn’t it obvious? At 386 pages, this is far and away the longest book I’ve read since college, and I can’t think of one there that I was able to finish of that length, defiantly nothing in that horrible Dickens class. But this book kept my interest. Made me laugh when appropriate, and nearly had me in tears at one point.
If you are looking for another reason to check out Peter and the Starcatchers, the sea battles are awesome, and seem written in the stile of the classic WW2 film TORA! TORA! TORA! and unless you’ve seen the movie you have no idea what I’m talking about. And if you haven’t seen it, go rent it, it is way worth it. As a side note if they d make a movie of this book, I kept seeing Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow as Black Stache, but I doubt he’d do a 4th pirate themed movie. Unless maybe he wants to be known as the 21st century pirate. Ok I’ve just ruined part of your imagination s to what one of the characters should look like. Ahh who cares.
And Entertainment Weekly consider yourselves scooped.