WWW Wednesday is a book meme run by Taking on a World of Words.
The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
I’m nearly a hundred pages into reading The Troop by Nick Cutter. I was pleasantly surprised with how it hit the ground running with the setup, having the characters already camped out on the small island near Prince Edward Island. It dawned on me slowly after I started reading that this might not be a zombie story at all, but rather a Wendigo story. The starving man who intrudes on their island is emaciated yet cognizant, desperately hungry and devouring everything he can get his hands on yet never able to satisfy the hunger. The novel has yet to confirm one way or another, but I’m eager to find out. The only hitch in the book for me so far is the idle banter between the boys of the troop hasn’t been well written at all.
Over the weekend I finished reading Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig, which you can check out my review for here. This book wound up being a significant improvement upon its predecessor for me. The ensemble cast was really well balanced, iconic characters were given more involved roles, and the plot had a lot more forward momentum. Much more happened in this book without sacrificing character moments. A few of the characters did still leave something to be desired though, with personal plot-lines that I had trouble caring for in the grand scheme of things. Nevertheless, I’m excited to read the third and final installment soon.
I also read through The Long Road Home by Robin Furth and Peter David et al, the second book in the prequel graphic novels for The Dark Tower series. The plot of this book follows young Roland and his ka-tet’s return to Gilead after the death of Susan, Roland’s love. He spends much of his time in the thrall of Maerlyn’s Grapefruit while his companions must convey his unconscious body over treacherous terrain and protect him from their pursuers. In the seventh novel Roland mentioned seeing the death of Oy through the grapefruit, which we are treated to as well. I was rather heartbreaking to see visualized, and helped to tie the book to the greater quest that lies in store for Roland.
I still intend to continue reading the prequels to The Dark Tower, and in terms of prose I think I can safely say I intend to read one of the Shirley Jackson ebooks I purchased within the last year. More than likely it will be The Haunting of Hill House, which I’ve heard a lot about as a classic film (1963) and novel, but haven’t spent time with firsthand. I’m excited to read a classic ghost story as well as have my first experience with Jackson’s work, considered a master of horror and mystery.
Until next time, thank you for reading!
8 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – 2018/09/26”
I read my first Shirley Jackson (We Have Always Lived in the Castle) last year and really liked it, so I’ve been meaning to pick up more of her work since. Hope you enjoy it!
I’ve also got an ebook of The Lottery and Other Stories, which I picked up just for the title story. I hope I still enjoy it despite knowing what the ending is.
Good timing on the Shirley Jackson book as I hear they are remaking the movie! Glad to hear The Troop started strong.
Yeah, Jackson seemed like the right choice to make. Not sure how I feel about that movie getting remade again, but here’s hoping it’s good!
I read The Troop a few years back. Not my favorite by Cutter, but still an interesting read.
I can imagine why, it certainly has its weaknesses, though the story itself is keeping me in suspense. What is your favourite by Cutter?
Ooh, The Troop sounds really intriguing!
I read The Haunting of Hill House a couple of years ago for Halloween. It had a very creep vibe, though I did find some of the writing a little dated.
I expect the writing will be a little dated, but I typically don’t mind that too much if the writing is still good, which I have a good feeling will be the case.