After reading a ton of hype about this novel, I finally got around to reading it. I finished it in one night it was so good. Amusing yet a great moral read and anti-war sentiment. Lived up to the hype, hands down.
John Steinbeck - Of Mice and Men
As much as I love Steinbeck's East of Eden - arguably my favorite book ever - I had for some reason never read OM&M until today. Finishing it in just over an hour, I clearly could not put it down. From the heartbreaking poignancy built around Lennie to the inevitable destruction of all things beautiful, this brief novel is a truly beautiful read. Moving, captivating, emotional, there's no quesiton why Steinbeck is still regarded as one of the best American writers of all time.
Mark Twain - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)
I read this book the past week for the first time since I was a child. As a huge fan of Twain when I grew up in MO, as I'm older now, I find his satirical nature to be incredibly meaningful. Through Huck Finn, Twain's continuous critiques and condemnations of society really stand out. His writing is superb, especially his spot on diction, and the novel was an overall funny yet highly intellectual read. Being one of my favorite authors, I will be purchasing his just released autobiography shortly and then (re)reading all of his other works. Great read.
Tomorrow (Oct 24) my reviews for The Scenic's Bipolaroid (Victory Records) and Your Demise's The Kids We Used To Be (Viisible Noise/Rise) will be up.
Next week (Oct 31) my reviews for Tumbledown's Empty Bottle will be up as well as Like The Star's The Guidelines of Love & Lies.
I also just received A Bullet For Pretty Boy's upcoming record, Revision:Revise, off Razor And Tie/Artery Foundation. Although I'd never listened to the band before, the record isn't bad - solid heavy release. I'll have first impressions on it in a blog on here next week, as well.