This was hard to pick but I can do the other book, next month. May’s book club pick is:
Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes.
Something Wicked This Way Comes is a 1962 dark fantasy novel by Ray Bradbury. It is about two 13-year-old best friends, Jim Nightshade and William Halloway, and their nightmarish experience with a traveling carnival that comes to their Midwestern home, Green Town, Illinois, on October 23rd. In dealing with the creepy figures of this carnival, the boys learn how to combat fear. The carnival’s leader is the mysterious “Mr. Dark”, who seemingly wields the power to grant the citizenry’s secret desires. In reality, Dark is a malevolent being who, like the carnival, lives off the life force of those they enslave. Mr. Dark’s presence is countered by that of Will’s father, Charles Halloway, the town librarian who harbors his own secret fear of growing older because he feels he is too old to be Will’s dad.
The novel combines elements of fantasy and horror, analyzing the conflicting natures of good and evil which exist within all individuals. Unlike many of Bradbury’s other novel-length works, such as Dandelion Wine and The Martian Chronicles, which are fix-ups, Something Wicked This Way Comes is a single, full-length narrative.
The title is taken from “By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes”, the witches in Macbeth.
I’m really excited this month’s book is Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain.
Released in 2000, the book is both Bourdain’s professional memoir and a behind-the-scenes look at restaurant kitchens. The book is known for its treatment of the professional culinary industry, which he describes as an intense, unpleasant, and sometimes hazardous workplace staffed by who he describes as misfits. Bourdain believes that the workplace is not for hobbyists and that anyone entering the industry without a masochistic, irrational dedication to cooking will be deterred.
This month my 1 listener asked if we could do the Dean Koontz book, “Dragon Tears”, as our book club pick. Sure, why not!
Dragon Tears is a 1993 paranormal/horror novel by the best selling author Dean Koontz.
You can read the wiki here:
Harry Lyon is a cop who embraces tradition and order. His partner, Connie Gulliver, is Harry’s exact opposite. Harry doesn’t like the messiness of her desk, her lack of social polish or her sometimes casual attitude towards the law. Connie often urges him to surrender to the chaos of life that is the 1990s. “Look, Harry, it’s the Age of Chaos,” she tells him. “Get with the times.” And when Harry and Connie have to take out a hopped-up gunman in a restaurant, the chase and shootout swiftly degenerate into a surreal nightmare that seems to justify Connie’s view of the modern world. Shortly after, Harry encounters a filthy, rag-clad denizen of the streets, who says ominously, “Ticktock, ticktock. You’ll be dead in sixteen hours.” Struggling to regain the orderly life he cherishes, Harry is trapped in an undertow of terror and violence. For reasons he does not understand, someone is after him, Connie Gulliver and the people he loves.
Today I am starting a book club. I’m calling it Row Boat Book club because I found this cool photo and I like the name. Each month we are going to introduce a brand new book here and than you have 30 days to read it and send in a book report. Yes, really. It’s more like a book review but you can do anything you want. You have to tell me what you think of the book. And guys, you actually have to read it Lol No cheating!
We are going to start off with my very first Self-Help book I found.
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. It’s a best seller. It came out in 1998. I really like it and I hope you do too.
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