Thursday, April 24, 2008

Bedtime Reading

Right now I'm reading V for Vendetta and the Bible. (Trying to find good biblical quote to introduce the Preacher.)

What book(s) is/are on your bedside your bedside table?

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Ghost Story - Peter Straub

Three claps.

I want to give this a higher rating, because I did like much of what Straub did in the ending. But I disagree with the philosophy the ghosts had—that humans are woefully unaware of their existence and always have been. It's really just in modern times that we've gotten away from our belief in ghosts. Not that technology dispels the shadows around the edges of things. More in that technology leads us to believe we know everything. But our ancestors were much more attuned to the natural world and what lay in it, supernatural or not.

But I digress.

The book was good. Not great—there were sections I had to slog through—but good. It's possible that I had a hard time getting into it because I was reading on the train, and any ghost story, of course, is best when read alone by a fire in an old house, where the doors creak and the house makes unexplained noises.