It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.
I am still reading American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis, which I'll be reviewing for the Banned Books Week Event hosted by Sheila at Book Journey -- if you haven't yet, stop by Sheila's blog and check out all the great posts that have already been submitted to this blogathon.
I'm finding this book a bit difficult to get through. Parts of it are tedious, although I believe this is a deliberate device on the part of the author, who obviously knows how to create well-crafted novel. You get caught up in one layer of Patrick Bateman's world, which is deliberately dull and shallow, then you turn a corner and -- holy shit! -- you find yourself in the middle of a scene so brutal you know it'll be seared in your mind forever.
When I'm finished with this book, I'll watch the movie adaptation of American Psycho. Egads, I am looking forward to this movie! For starters, I've been told it's much less violent than the book, which is good. I'm all for a whopping dose of gore now and again, but I don't think I could take all this agonizing brutality again. Second, there are such gloriously, ridiculously whack-a-doodle crazy characters in this story! Combine that with a great cast, and the movie can't possibly miss being insanely memorable.
After American Psycho, I plan to read Red Dragon by Thomas Harris -- then I'll be ready for the dueling monsters marathon hosted by the hosted by The Estella Society. Hannibal or Patrick? Which stark raving psycho-nut will I choose as the ultimate fictional psycho killer?
I've also been watching Luther -- I'm so bummed to be finished with Season 1! -- and checking out Queer as Folk.
Alas, due to our lack of cable access, I am one of about five die-hard Doctor Who fans in the universe who missed the season finale last night. I wonder if there's any place I can get it on streaming? I'm willing to pay.
Movies Watched This Week:
The Avengers - bad-ass superheroes courtesy of Joss Whedon
Oslo, August 31 - Norwegian film about a young man taking steps toward recovery from drug addiction
Posts This Week:
- Author Interview: David LeRoy on The Siren of Paris, a "Screenplay in Drag"
- Five Memorable Performances You Might Have Overlooked (Variation on Ruth's Blogathon)
- My Top 10 Films Based On Short Stories
- Review of Oslo, August 31 (Highly recommended -- 4.5/5 Stars)
Some Links to Check Out:
- If you haven't already, visit Ruth at FlixChatter and check out the Small Roles ... Big Performances Blogathon, highlighting magnificent supporting roles.
- Do you enjoy speculative fiction and fantasy? Would you like to step outside the European medieval paradigm, in the tradition of Lord of the Rings, and see fantasy worlds through the lens of different cultures? What about dystopian fiction seen from different cultural perspectives? Aarti at Book Lust hosted A More Diverse Universe, a blogathon in which readers reviewed speculative fiction by non-white authors. I learned about some intriguing new-to-me authors and added various titles to my wish list.
- I have a deep and abiding love for Doctor Who -- my second favorite sci-fi series after Firefly, a series whose life was cut short -- there is a special place in hell reserved for certain executives at Fox. :-P And last night marked the departure of my all time favorite companion, Rory Williams, played by Arthur Darville. Since I have no access to BBC America, I've been relying on the excellent reviews/recaps by Nikhat at Being Norma Jean and Edwin at A Mighty Fine Blog for my weekly Doctor Who fix.
- In anticipation of the newly released film The Master, Random Film Buff has had a Paul Thomas Anderson Marathon, reviewing Punch Drunk Love, Magnolia, and The Master. Although Magnolia is one of my favorite movies, I haven't seen anything else by this director. I may need to have an Anderson marathon of my own.