Blog shift: book review.
What is is that makes a book fantastic to you? Is it the story? The writing? The drama?
What is your favorite book? Do you know why?
I’m starting a series here… I recently got a fantastic concussion and so I’ve been home quite a bit, just a little more than out-of-it, and in order to stay sane, I’ve decided to get back into reading like it’s going out of style.
So here we go:
My ABSOLUTE favorite book, Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It’s mysterious, intense, dark and brooding, but all written through letters, journal entries, newspaper articles, and public notices.
If for nothing else, the writing style is inspirational. To weave a tale that has lead to countless remakes without ever using direct narrative is an amazing feat. The book provides some history, enough mystery, and just enough of the supernatural to make you wonder if you’ve stumbled upon a collection of notes about what possibly once was.
I’ve often found that more than a story, I love a book for its writing style. In this same vein, I loved The Hours. Read it if you want to depress yourself for days, but also read it if you want to be reminded of the miracle of pen and paper.
More to come….
Right now I’m working my way through a few good ones:
The Great Gatsby
The Vampire Lestat
The Normal Christian Life (one of my few re-readers in life)