Colson Whitehead's novel "Zone One" might be called a zombie novel or post-apocalyptic fiction. But even those without interest in Armageddon scenarios or the undead will enjoy this thought-provoking book. In addition to presenting a gruesome picture of the aftermath of a worldwide catastrophe, it explores the survival techniques humans use to live with one another in good times and bad.
After a hectic and busy day at work, many of us find the drive-thru of our favorite greasy pit to be the last stop before we reach home. Most of us are guilty of this sinful detour because, frankly we just don't have the time, let alone the effort left in us to cook a well balanced and hearty meal.
Way back in 1995 Gregory Maguire started something big with "Wicked: the life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West." Maguire has said that he hoped to tell a new story about a familiar villain. He succeeded. "Wicked" became a huge hit spawning a four book series and an award-winning musical. The latest book "Out of Oz: the final volume in the Wicked Years" is available this month. Now might be a good time to catch up with the series.
In "Wicked" readers learn about Elphaba Thropp and her fight against a tyrannical Wizard of Oz. The sequel "Son of a Witch" focuses on Liir who may be Elphaba's son. "A Lion Among Men" is story of the cowardly lion during a time of war between the Munchkins and the emperor of Emerald City. In "Out of Oz" Maguire concludes the series with the story of Elphaba's granddaughter. This book contains the political themes present in the whole series.
I'm a fan of the old pulp writers such as Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Jim Thompson and noir writers such as Patricia Highsmith and James M. Cain. It was easy for me to go from reading their works to reading Robert B. Parker, Lee Child, and Michael Connelly. For a break from blood and guts, I read Janet Evanovich.
Two major events have shaped D.J. Kitty Norville's life. The first was an attack by a werewolf that has left her battling her inner wolf; the second, was when an online caller asked "Do You Believe in Vampires?"When she answered in the affirmative, her radio show "The Midnight Hour" became a hit with her listeners, but put her at odds with her pack, vampires and other creatures of the night.