Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Road

So, a while ago, I saw a post about this book over at Tart's blog, and made a note to myself to check it out sometime since I like reading post-apocalyptic type fiction. So I picked it up one day along with The Golden Compass, which I had to read after getting an email at work about how we should avoid the movie because it was going to turn our kids into little heathens or something. Anyway, I almost didn't get it when I saw it was an Oprah's Book Club book, but then I decided that was pretty closed minded. Anyway, I'm about a third of the way through it, and normally I wouldn't post anything until I'm done reading a book, but I might not even be able to finish this one. Not that it isn't good, because it is, but holy shit, it might be the most depressing thing I've ever read or even heard of. Maybe it wouldn't seem so bad if I didn't have a young son, but fuck this is really getting to me. And it's even worse because I can see what's coming. Well, I hope I can't, actually. Anyway, movies and books don't usually get to me too much, but if what I think might happen happens in this book, I'll probably cry like a little baby.

Oh, and I found nothing whatsoever that was controversial in any way in The Golden Compass.

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Chris Howard said...

I heard about this book on NPR. I thought it sounded interesting too. So should I read it so we can be depressed together?

John Howard said...

Yes, you should. It really is pretty good so far, just horribly depressing.

The Disgruntled Chemist said...

but holy shit, it might be the most depressing thing I've ever read or even heard of.

That sounds about right.

My advice to Tart when I recommended this book to her was that before she started reading it, she should get a nice green plant and put it somewhere that she couldn't see it. Then, when she finished the book, she should go stare at the plant, just to remind herself that living things still do exist.

Needless to say, it depressed me a little bit.