WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme run by Sam over at 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 currently in the midst of House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. Last week I thought to myself “I can read this before the month is over.” I honestly don’t know what I was thinking. It’s the size a textbook and nearly 700-pages long, though goodness knows how long it’ll actually take me considering the formatting, which includes both walls of text and like 19 words to a page, depending. I am enjoying the book so far, though reading it feels more like a project than a leisurely experience. I find myself compelled by each new footnote that leads me down a different narrative passageway before I must double back. It’s a lot to take in, but uncovering the mystery is fun and I like the core premise a lot too.
Over the weekend I read Frankenstein by Junji Ito (check out my review here). The featured story was an excellent adaptation. While it is abridged by the medium, I was surprised with how closely he wrote the story to the original novel by Mary Shelley. It’s one of my favourite books, so it was more than welcome. If you’re familiar with the novel it is almost precisely that story, with a few unique twists and artistic flares to help it stand out on its own. The latter half of the book was a collection of stories about a 14-year-old boy named Oshikiri who lives alone in a massive house and frequently has supernatural experiences. I liked the connective narrative about other selves invading from parallel worlds, but as a collection it was a bit too disjointed for me at times.
While I think it’s unlikely I can finish off October with a House of Leaves review, I am excited to read Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep by Aleš Kot and Piotr Kowalski. It is a new graphic novel based on the video game of the same name. I played through it over the course of the summer and loved the Gothic imagery and cosmic horrors. Seems a perfect Halloween read to me. Hopefully it will confirm some of my wild speculations about the lore of the game too, as well as shed some light on any unknowns.
Until next week, thank you for reading!
6 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – October 24, 2018”
I remember the first time I opened House of Leaves. I thought that it was too weird for me – and too much of a project lol. It is worth it though.
I think your review of the adaptation has shamed me into finally reading Frankenstein! Good luck with the 700 page tome you are planning to consume. I am taking on no more big projects until I finally get the Ring to Mordor. http://silverbuttonbooks.com/2018/10/24/www-wednesday-october-24-2018
Oh yeah! How far are you in LOTR now?
Gandolf the White has just returned and I was so frustrated by how long that explanation took I left them right there. I think the combination of that and Merry and Pippin with the Gents was making me slowly insane. What worked in the movie so beautifully is so tedious and boring on the page.
I started listening to Frankenstein on audio but I’m afraid I abandoned it once it got to the creature bit. I suspect it was the narrator rather than the story though. Maybe I should give an abridged adaptation a try. You seem to have really enjoyed it.
I’d definitely go for the full text of Shelley’s story. It’s not a particularly long novel, but my first experience with the original version of it was a different graphic novel as well, so I certainly wouldn’t discourage you either.