How was your week readers? It finally feels like Spring may be in the air. 50's for the last few days which may not seem like anything for me to brag about to those of you who live in warmer areas, but this has been one heck of a long winter.
I have a couple of books that I finished and haven't reviewed yet. One was American Psycho which several bloggers read and reviewed several months ago. What can I say that hasn't been said about this novel and Patrick Bateman?
(some spoilers below)
First, I listened to the audio book, which I feel funny about saying this, but I loved it, and I was never bored with the story for even a minute. For readers unfamiliar with the story, Patrick Bateman, the 27 year-old, "American Psycho" narrates the story. He's good looking, brilliant, attended the best schools, is incrediblyy vain, obsessed with fitness, designer brands and having the best of everything. He lives in Manhattan, in the same building as Tom Cruise, and will even prattle on about the $60 pair of boxer shorts he is wearing. He even feels compelled to tell his secretary at Pierce and Pierce, where he is a hedge fund Vice President, what she should and should not wear. It's easy to see from the very beginning that he doesn't have any moral compass, but it's much worse than that. He hates blacks, gays, poor people, people of authority and women.
Bateman hangs out with other pompous buddies. They meet for drinks, dinner at the finest places in NYC and together they drone on about fashion and they critique everyone in their circle of vision when together. His buddies may be idiots, but they have nothing on Patrick as far as who the 'psycho" is.
The story gets violent quickly with graphic depictions of more than a dozen murders he commits: men, women, a child and even a few animals. He uses knives, drills, nail guns, chain saws, lighters, coat hangers to harm and kill his victims, in the course of the (14) hour audio rendition. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but really well-written and a character I will never forget.
So after I finished the book my husband and I watched the 1.5 hour movie version, which was good, but disappointing after listening to the novel.
March Reading Wrap-Up
- Cold Light; Jenn Ashworth - 3/5 (eGalley) March-2013
- The One and Only Ivan; Katherine Applegate - 5/5 (Library) March-2013
- Indiscretion; Charles Dubow - 4.5/5 (eGalley) - March-2013
- American Psycho; Brett Easton Ellis 5/5 - (audio) - March-2013
- There Was an Old Woman; Hallie Ephron - 4/5 (arc/eGalley) March-2013
- Five Funny Bunnies: Three Bouncing Tales; Van Leewuen and Wilsdorf -4/5 (Amz-vine) - March-2013
- One Breath Away; Heather Gudenkauf - 3.5/5 - (audio) March-2013
- With or Without You (memoir); D. Ruta - 4/5 (arc) - March-2013
- Death of Bees; Lisa O'Donnell - 4/5 (arc) - March-2013
- The Storyteller; Jodi Picoult - 3/5 (audio) - March-2013
- Have You Seen Marie? ; Sandra Cisnaros - 3.5/5 - (Library) March-2013
- Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation and GPS Technology; Caroline Paul - 4/5 - (eGalley) March-2013
I read (12) books in March, but (4) were pretty short. I still need to review the last (3) that I read.
April Reading Plans
- finish - Parlor Games, M. Biaggio (audio) The Giant's House; E. McCracken (bucket list)
- Benediction; Kent Haruf
- Life After Life; Jill McCorkle
- The Edge of the Earth; Christina Schwartz
- By George; Wesley Stace (bucket list)
- a few other April Releases
Have a Great Week Everyone