August Books Recap: Ray Bradbury + Preacher + Chaos Theory

August Books Recap: Ray Bradbury + Preacher + Chaos Theory

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Reading recaps are mini-reviews of the books I’ve read each month.

I spent a lot of time this month reading Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. I wanted to love this book, really. I love Bradbury completely – everything he writes is just beautiful. Something Wicked is no exception. The words are so smooth, whimsical, soft, floaty, dreamy – the descriptions felt like you were floating as you read them. Everything was beautiful.

The problem, however, is the story in itself was supposed to be a bit creepy/scary/suspenseful considering it is about a carnival that kidnaps + morphs people into other things. Any time the boys in the story felt scared, I didn’t feel scared along with them. I was more entranced with Bradbury’ wonderful descriptions of their surroundings. In this way, I felt conflicted between the pretty writing & the dark story.

If you love Bradbury, you will absolutely love this and I do recommend it – it was just a strange reading experience for me.


Pick of the Month

The Cheese Monkeys
Author: Chip Kidd
Genre: Fiction
Source: Own
Rating: 4/5
Summary: Set a State University in 1957, the characters feel real, the “villain” relate-able, and strong writing throughout.


The Rest

Preacher Vol 3: Proud Americans
Author: Garth Ennis + Steve Dillon
Genre: Comics
Source: Own
Rating: 3/5
Summary: Preacher, the story of a possessed preacher, his lover, and a vampire, seemed to falter in this volume but still had some brilliant moments.


Visit from the Goon Squad
Author: Jennifer Egan
Genre: Fiction
Source: NYPL
Rating: 2/5
Summary: You know how you feel when listening to a Wilco album? That’s the same feeling this book gives you.


Big Brother
Author: Lionel Shriver
Genre: Fiction
Source: NYPL
Rating: 2/5
Summary: This had potential for a weekend read but the writing is so pretentious it wasn’t even fun to read.


Something Wicked This Way Comes
Author: Ray Bradbury
Genre: YA Creepy Sci-Fi
Source: NYPL
Rating: 3/5
Summary: The writing is so wonderfully beautiful that it actually distracted from the supposedly creepy story. A younger aged boy would probably love this.


Chaos: Making A New Science
Author: James Gleick
Genre: Non-Fiction
Source: NYPL
Rating: 3/5
Summary: Great easy-to-read-for-non-math-people introduction to Chaos Theory and the history behind it.


American Vampire
Author: Jennifer Armintrout
Genre: Sci-Fi
Source: NYPL
Rating: 4/5
Summary: Fun Saturday read that is far from literary fiction but the writing is tight and the story is enjoyable.


Me Like You Very Much
Author: Lauren Barnett
Genre: Comics
Source: Own
Rating: 3/5
Summary: Oddball comics featuring silly characters like birds + bananas.


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2 Replies to “August Books Recap: Ray Bradbury + Preacher + Chaos Theory”

  1. Thanks for the list of reads. I am more of non fiction and finance books so Making A New Science would be the one for me to check out. Where are the ratings from? Is that what you think of or the actual book ratings from another site?

    1. These are my personal ratings of each book. I do a mix of fiction & non-fiction so keep an eye out for those in the future.

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