World War Z: An Oddly Prophetic Take on Epidemiology

I’m still not sure why I never got around to reading World War Z by Max Brooks.  I had read his previous book The Zombie Survival Guide which is set in the same world and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  However, despite my love of the horror genre, it took me until now to get around to reading the more famous of Max Brooks’ zombie books. I recently finally got around to it and find myself being all the more horrified by it in the context of current events.

Continue reading “World War Z: An Oddly Prophetic Take on Epidemiology”

Worm: A Deconstruction of Superheroes

Worm is technically not a book. It was released as a series of blog posts in a similar style to the old newspaper serials. The author (J. C. McCrae) refers to the story as a “Web Serial” in reflection of this format. However, at 1.68 million words it stands as a longer story than most book series and the author clearly put the same level of careful quality into the story that you see behind many more traditionally published stories. A dark take on the superhero genre, it isn’t a story for everyone but, for the right audience, it is a must-read.

Continue reading “Worm: A Deconstruction of Superheroes”

The (Not So) Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is what I regard as the worst book I have ever had the displeasure of reading in it’s entirety. Normally, this would be a feat I would allow to go unremarked, except for one thing. The novel is commonly listed as one of the great classics. Many people regard it as one of the best books ever written and I have been met with incredulity when I say I was not fond of it. So, I feel compelled to more closely examine why I think the book does not work.

Continue reading “The (Not So) Great Gatsby”