Book And Movie Equally Awesome – In Their Own Ways. I was first exposed to the tale of The Postman through the movie starring Kevin Costner and Will Patton – and I love that movie so much it inspired one of my tattoos. The book is VERY different, though of the same tone and with at least some of the early events similar if not identical. In particular, the point of becoming the Postman and the first time the costume is used in Pine View are almost identical, though from there the story diverges. Whereas the movie gave us a tale of a singular tyrannical Holnist – Will Patton’s General Bethlehem – that is constantly right on the cusp of killing the Postman and everything he holds dear, the book is more of a tale of the Postman’s travels and survival across Oregon. Both share that it isn’t just the Postman’s survival that is in peril, but that of the very concept of hope. And both ultimately share the tale of how that other most powerful force – love – is the strength that allows hope to survive. How each tells these tales, and the other points each makes along the way, are very, very different. But how the book – written over three decades ago – speaks to the modern political era is particularly prescient, and for that reason alone the book is well worth the 5 stars.
The highlight of this month – and easily in the running for highlight of the year – was finally meeting Jeremy Robinson in real life at Robinsonfest 2018 after having known him online for a decade. I flew into Boston for the first time in my life, for a weekend of firsts as far as locations, some modes of transport, and even some activities. I mean, how often in your life do you get to cosplay as yourself AND “cause the Apocalypse” while doing so? (Which is what is happening in the pic – here, I’ve just “planted corn”. When I did that in the book Jeremy wrote that I appear in, I wind up accidentally causing the Apocalypse.) I covered all of it in a post here both before and after the event, along with a couple of YouTube videos.
The end of August also marked a new review strategy for me – YouTube Book Reviews. The first was for The Waiting Room by Emily Bleeker, and I’ve since shot videos for Sleepyhead by Henry Nicholls and The Perfect Catch by Maggie Dallen.
Overall, I read just 9 books in August 2018, per Goodreads. But this was all unknown territory for me as far as overall annual count goes, as I busted my previous record there at the end of July and now I stand at 90 books on the year, with four more ARCs already on deck. Of the 9 books on the month, only three were from the same series – Lisa Clark O’Neill’s Sweetwater Trilogy. Only four of the books were from the 2018TBR project – the first three (the aforementioned trilogy) and the last one, The Postman by David Brin. The remaining five were review copies (four of them ARCs), with only one of those being from an author I’m not connected to at all on Facebook.
The 9 books accounted for over 3100 pages of (Kindle) text at an average length of 347 1/3 pages per book.
As I mentioned above, I only read one series on the month, so best series of the month goes to the Sweetwater Trilogy by Lisa Clark O’Neill.
Most interesting book of the month goes to Sleepyhead by Henry Nicholls, which was a fascinating look at the neuroscience of sleep and sleep disorders.
There wasn’t much humor in the list again this month, just a couple that could really be considered humorous at all, and I’ll give the edge on those two to Christine Nolfi‘s The Comfort of Secrets, mostly because her Sweet Lake Sirens are frakkin hilarious old broads.
Best book of the month? Emily Bleeker‘s The Waiting Room, for reasons that can only be discovered by reading the book – it would be a spoiler to discuss them openly.
Below the break, the entire list, in date completed order – with links to my Goodreads reviews of each.
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