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Alex Cabe

Joined 1 year, 8 months ago

It's not like I'm a preachy crybaby who can't resist giving overemotional speeches about hope all the time.

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2024 Reading Goal

66% complete! Alex Cabe has read 20 of 30 books.

Richard Matheson: I am Legend (EBook, 2006, Blackstone Audio) 4 stars

Introduces a Lot of New Concepts that Later Authors Used Better

3 stars

This was primarily interesting to me because it showed me the early versions of tropes that have become familiar in the sci-fi and horror genres. It doesn't achieve greatness but sets the framework for later works by other authors that do.

It's kind of difficult to judge a book like this because things that were novel or big reveals have since become familiar tropes. The central concept of I Am Legend is rock solid, but it sometimes drags or goes on tangents, even with the short length, and I never found the scientific explanations either easy to follow or convincing.

Witch War was my favorite of the short stories, and I'd love to see someone adapt it or expand it into a larger book. From Shadowed Places had obviously outdated and questionable racial elements.

A lot of these felt like spec scripts for The Twilight Zone, so I wasn't surprised …

Ashley Woodfolk: Nothing Burns As Bright As You (2022, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company) 3 stars

From New York Times bestselling author Ashley Woodfolk, Nothing Burns as Bright as You is …

Poetically emotional

3 stars

The poetry was more effective than prose at describing emotion and less at describing events. This was a short snapshot of a book that showed a single moment in time.

The events toward the end of the book re-framed the rest in a clever way.

Because this was so short, I read it as a chapter a day over a month. I think that helped me absorb each chapter more instead of speeding through it.

Shūsaku Endō: Silence (1980, Taplinger Pub. Co.) 4 stars

Sustained by dreams of glorious martyrdom, a seventeenth-century Portuguese missionary in Japan administers to the …

Effective Character Study About a Time In History I Don't Know Much About

No rating

Overall I found this effective and a good companion piece to Shogun, and does not require the reader to be religious or Catholic to see the protagonist's point of view.

The character of Kichijiro was very interesting, and I tend to think the fumie came from Rodrigues' own mind, but that God was speaking to Rodrigues to Kichijiro. Kichijiro felt like the most fleshed-out Japanese character.

I thought it was kind of jarring to switch from Rodrigues perspective to third person, and I'm not sure I understand why Endo did it.

I thought the epilogue was effective in showing how the remainder of Rodrigues' life was just a footnote after the events of the novel.

Percival L. Everett: Erasure (2011, Graywolf Press) 4 stars

Thelonius "Monk" Ellison is an erudite, accomplished but seldom-read author who insists on writing obscure …

I wasn't expecting the novel-within-a-novel

4 stars

After seeing the movie, I thought I knew what do expect, but I wasn't prepared for the entire My Pafology novella to be included in the book. It was similar to American Psycho where I saw what was happening and it was good and I got it, but that's still a lot of intentionally bad prose to wade through.

I found the family drama rang true.

I naturally found myself comparing the book to the movie, and one thing the movie didn't get across was that Monk's academic/serious writing was just as unreadable as My Pafology.

P. G. Wodehouse: The Inimitable Jeeves 5 stars

Bertie and Jeeves do their best to help, and occasionally hinder, love-struck Bingo Little as …

Very Well Crafted, Had Trouble Clicking With It

4 stars

This is one of those books where me rating it highly is more a matter of recognizing it's well crafted that feeling fully bought in. The characters were funny and the language was very artfully crafted, but I still had trouble feeling excited about it for some reason.

I do enjoy that there's a little edge to the entire situation. Jeeves is a thousand times more competent than Wooster. Is the class system just so powerful that this is the best Jeeves can do, or is Jeeves in it just because it's easy and he enjoys messing with Bertie?

No big urge to jump into another one, but I will revisit when I'm in a different mood.