November 14, 2012

Drudge, Dune and Kin Flicks

This is one of those instances where I got to finish reading several books in a week. All in all, I flew through seven books. Sad to say, four of such books were crap and I do regret wasting precious hours on them. The remaining three were, fortunately enough, entertaining or shall I say controversially entertaining. There's Dune by science fiction novelist Frank Herbert. There's Drudge Manifesto by internet badass Matt Drudge. Last but not the least, there's Kin Flicks, a 1975 novel by Lisa Alther. These three paperbacks saved whatever hope was left after painstakingly reading through four over-hyped books, two of which were New York Times bestsellers in the non-fiction category.
Dune by Frank Herbert – Truth be told, this is the third time that I read this science fiction classic. It's the first book in the Dune chronicles. The other three are Dune Messiah, Children of Dune and God Emperor of Dune. There's a reason why this book is considered to be among the greatest sci-fi novels of all time. On my side, it's the best sci-fi book I ever laid my eyes on. It's scary just thinking how the author could possibly create a very complicated universe with just his imagination. Reading through the book, it will make you want to become a member of the Fremen tribe. Powerful. Just powerful stuff.
Drudge Manifesto by Matt Drudge – I wasn't around (online I mean) when Matt Drudge and his simplistic website was wrecking havoc all over the web. Newspapers and television powerhouses hated him. But people loved him and they trooped by the millions to his website to get the latest news and scoops about current events. He started the web of events surrounding the Lewinsky scandal. He was Bill Clinton's worst nightmare. His Drudge Report website was one of the most popular of its kind in the world. Drudge and his website are no longer as influential as they used to be, that's for sure. But it sure is interesting to read how a man living in a scant apartment single-handedly went to war against traditional media and against the President of the United States of America. As a blogger and a news junkie, I admire Drudge and his work. To this day, I'm still among those who frequent his once-popular albeit now-dying site.
Kin Flicks by Lisa Alther – This book's a dark horse. I started reading it not expecting much from it. Well, I was wrong. It completely blew away my crappy expectations. It's a well-written and entertaining piece of work. If you like reading and-they-lived-happily-ever-after books, you stay away from this book. Kin Flicks is a sad story, a riches to rags story but written in a humorous way. Only a few authors are able to craft their works this way. This is not to mention the fact that this is Lisa Alther's first published book. The novel follows the story of Ginny – girlfriend of the high school football team hero, girlfriend of the town hoodlum, girlfriend of an activist lesbian, wife of a neat machine salesman and daughter of the Major, an arms factory operator.

Indeed, it's been a lazy but productive week. Book-wise.

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