Short Book Reviews Vol. 1

While setting up my blog I recently read four books I wanted to give some quick opinions on. My taste varies, I like to read many different genres from Sci-fi, Comics, War, Mystery, etc. I recently completed The Invisible Man, Slaughterhouse Five, Armageddon in Retrospect, and Before Watchmen Comedian & Rorschach. Follow me on Goodreads.

The Invisible Man
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H.G. Wells

I stumbled upon this book while searching around on Goodreads. I’ve heard about it before and knew that it was a classic that should be read. I thought the book was fine but a little lackluster in this day and age. It’s about a man named Griffin who runs experiments on himself and becomes invisible. While it seems to be a good idea at first, he begins to realize the implications of his actions and slowly goes insane. The book starts out fine, but a longwinded explanation of how he became supernatural was too much. Also I didn’t like where they story took itself. The setup was great and had me engaged, but I slowly lost interest. I plan on reading more from H.G. Wells though, just wasn’t overly impressed with this book.

Slaughterhouse Five
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Kurt Vonnegut

This is my second Vonnegut book (first was Cat’s Cradle) and they have both been excellent. Slaughterhouse Five is about a man named Billy Pilgrim that involves time travel, war, aliens, and a raid on Dresden which the story is centered around. You learn about Billy’s story with his involvement with Dresden, the aliens of Tralfamadorians, and his time traveling mind. You never know where Billy’s mind will take him. You might be learning about his family and how they view Billy’s insanity, but Billy never stays in the same era for too long. It’s a satirical novel about the dangers of war and what it can do to people. You should read this.

Armageddon in Retrospect
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Kurt Vonnegut

And mark this as my third Vonnegut book, and not a good one. Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of unpublished short stories that mostly center around the war. His humor is strewn all about, but some of these stories are simply boring. Yes, there is a few gems in this book, but its mostly stories that didn’t make an impact with me. His personal stories are great, the beginning with his son talking about his dad Kurt is wonderful. I listened to this book, narrated by Rip Torn who was amazing, but still couldn’t fully keep me invested. Even so, I’m still interested in jumping back into his next novel, just going to take a break for a bit.

Before Watchmen: Comedian & Rorschach
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Brian Azzarello
Meh. I’m a huge fan of the original Watchmen comic. Hell, I even like the film which people go back and forth with. This graphic novel focuses on mainly the two characters Comedian and Rorschach. Comedian’s story was a little hard to follow but mostly helps reassure why I don’t like him. Rorschach’s story was boring and nothing really different from him just trying to provide justice. Neither story has much meaning behind them and could be a standalone story besides trying to tie it into the overall narrative. I hope the other ones are more interesting than this one.

Michael

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