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Broken Monsters

This year’s Perseids were one of the brightest ever. Exploding across the sky. Look! There’s a cancer cure! Zoom! There’s my Nobel Prize. Whoa! Didja see that one? Wealth beyond my wildest dreams of avarice or world peace? Making wishes is hard!

Not that I actually saw any shooting stars personally since it’s been raining pretty much non-stop here since Saturday.

Next year, I’m going to Prince Edward Island.

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It wasn’t raining in the morning, so I really should have roused my sorry ass to exercise.

But I did not.

And by the time I was ready to go out, it was pouring.

So I ended up doing very, very little yesterday beside reading Lauren Beukes’s Broken Monsters. Which is a very good. Beukes’s ability to inhabit her characters is well-nigh extraordinary, and of course, she’s writing about urban decay and the genesis of art, both topics near to my heart. These meditations are packed inside what book reviewers are calling a horror novel though I’m not finding it particularly horrific. I’d describe it as splatter noir.

Beukes’s language is amazing, too. I’m about two-thirds of the way through it, but I already know it’s one of those books I’m going to reread instantly just as soon as I’m done reading for plot, just so I can analyze how she pulls off what she pulls off.

Other than Broken Monsters, a very empty day in which I did very little and felt—well. Not guilty exactly. More as though I was taking out money from a savings account though I knew the day was coming—soon!—that I’d regret the withdrawals.

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lookfar
Aug. 15th, 2018 02:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, I hate those days when I sort of wibble around in an unstructured way and then later think of all I could have gotten done. New day today! she says in a Pollyanna-ish way.
mallorys_camera
Aug. 16th, 2018 07:28 pm (UTC)
New day today!

True enough.
fuzzilla
Aug. 17th, 2018 10:20 pm (UTC)
Broken Monsters was already on my to-read list, hmm...
mallorys_camera
Aug. 22nd, 2018 03:39 pm (UTC)
It's extremely well written, but it is a horror novel. if you don't like horror as a genre, you won't like this book.
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