Telling Their Bawdy Stories & Singing Harrowing Songs

While we were in Colombia, I read two thrilling books. I don’t read that many books anymore, since I read a lot of crap on the internet. So reading two whole books in two weeks was kind of a big deal for me.

The first book I read was The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt, which was described as “a Coen Brothers film in novel form.” Honestly, I have no idea who the Coen brothers are, but I also heard it was page-turning spooky thriller. Those are the qualities I look for in a book.

It was really good, & a fast read. I loved how it was written for the time, & couldn’t wait to see how it turned out. It’s about two infamous brothers, Charlie & Eli Sisters, who are hired assassins sent on a job. They come to terms with their past, with their relationship as brothers, & with the work they’re doing. My favorite line was at the beginning of Chapter 5, “Two grisly riders before the fire telling their bawdy stories & singing harrowing songs of death & lace.”

The second book I read was The Postmortal by Drew Magary. I read this laugh-out-loud-funny article by Drew at the beginning of February & I had to get my hands on more of his writing. When I saw he wrote a book, I saved it to my Amazon Kindle wish list immediately.

This book was incredible. It’s based in the future after the cure of aging has been discovered, & tells the story from one man’s blog entries as the world becomes overcrowded & scarcity leads to utter chaos. He put exceptional forethought into the psychological & sociological consequences of immortality. The imagery is vividly astounding, & because some of the book takes place in the Northern Virginia/DC area, the story was unfolding in our backyard. This book got under my skin – in a creepy fantastic way.

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