Mini Reviews – A Catch Up

Hush – A Batman Story

Gotham City’s infected by a crime epidemic, and Batman’s deadliest enemies have emerged to throw his life into utter chaos. But little do they know that they are all pawns of the villainous Hush, who is manipulating them as part of an elaborate game of revenge. Pushed past his breaking point, Batman will need to use all of his skills to uncover the true identity of this mysterious mastermind before it’s too late.

Once again I tried to pick up a Batman graphic novel. This time I managed to finish it (BOTH PARTS!). I think Batman comics might just not be my thing. While I though this was good for the most part it didn’t exactly tempt me to delve into the lore of Batman any further. I think I will stick to the movies and the games for now. For me, at least, becoming “The Batman” has been far more interesting than the graphic novels – although I am fully aware that I am one of the few who hold this opinion.

A Christmas Carol

To bitter, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas is just another day. But all that changes when the ghost of his long-dead business partner appears, warning Scrooge to change his ways before it’s too late.

Why did I read A Christmas Carol? One reason only – it was voted as book of the month in a book club. I had not read this since I was a child (and even there I am not 100% sure that I read it, it may be a false memory brought on by seeing many versions of the film over the years). There isn’t much to say about it really. I enjoyed it for the most part. Dickens is Dickens after all. It probably is the best Christmas based book I have ever read – but that may be in large part down to me not reading Christmas books.

No Country For Old Men

In his blistering new novel, Cormac McCarthy returns to the Texas-Mexico border, the setting of his famed Border Trilogy. The time is our own, when rustlers have given way to drug-runners and small towns have become free-fire zones.

One day, Llewellyn Moss finds a pickup truck surrounded by a bodyguard of dead men. A load of heroin and two million dollars in cash are still in the back. When Moss takes the money, he sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic violence that not even the law–in the person of aging, disillusioned Sheriff Bell–can contain.

As Moss tries to evade his pursuers–in particular a mysterious mastermind who flips coins for human lives–McCarthy simultaneously strips down the American crime novel and broadens its concerns to encompass themes as ancient as the Bible and as bloodily contemporary as this morning’s headlines.

No Country For Old Men proved to be about as good as I expected it to be. I loved the film when it came out but had never read the novel. The only reason I read it now was because I asked me daughter to pull my next book at random from a pile. A very good read – even if it did take some time to get used to the lack of punctuation. Glad I read it, and it has certainly set up a re-watch of the film soon.


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