MINI-REVIEWS: Bloodsucking Fiends, ‘Salem’s Lot, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

062. Bloodsucking Fiends – Christopher Moore
paperback / source: library / read Apr. 9, 2013 / Amazon (fantasy / humor)

To be honest, I was bored with this book after the first 50 pages or so. I probably shouldn’t have kept reading it but it was the only book with me at the time and I was desperate to read something. Not the best circumstances for reading ANY book, but especially not a humor book. I didn’t find it especially satirically funny– not like A Dirty Job, anyway– and I didn’t much like the writing style, either. (Audiobooks tend to make writing sound better than it is in print, and I think that’s what happened. If I’d listened to this as an audio I think I’d have like it more.)

Salem's Lot by Stephen King069. Salem’s Lot – Stephen King
paperback / source: library / read Apr. 23-25, 2013 / Amazon (fantasy / horror)

It’s been AGES since I last read a Stephen King book, and I’m glad that I picked out ‘Salem’s Lot to restart my SK journey. I enjoy his older books partly because they feel a lot fresher than some of his newer ones, although now that I just wrote that I realize that the newest book I’ve read of his was On Writing (2000), which isn’t very new at all. (Also it’s non-fiction.) Anyway! ‘Salem’s Lot has got vampires in it (duh), and it’s GREAT because they’re scary vampires. Deadly vampires! Vampires who are not cute or cuddly or interesting in romance. They want to kill you and assimilate you and it’s terrifying because they basically take over a whole town and nobody notices. And it’s not the first time they’ve done it, apparently! SCARY. I actually couldn’t read it at night– the sign of a great horror novel, I think.

070. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John le Carre (DNF)
paperback / source: library / read Apr. 25-27, 2013 / Amazon (thriller)
I’d been wanting to read this book for ages, mostly because I’d tried reading it once in 9th grade and didn’t understand anything. This time I understood it (mostly), but it was just as boring as I remembered. I think I only like spy stories when there’s car chases and shootings and whatnot– the intellectual, out-think your opponant stuff, while important to espionage (moreso than the shooting, I think), is really boring to me. I think I also kept getting distracted by the idea of the movie version, which has multiple interesting celebrities in it and which has surely cut out the boring stuff and/or turned it into visually stimulating thingies. I haven’t seen it, but it’s going onto my to be watched list. Meanwhile, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a DNF.

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