But I'm not talking about me, it's YOU, yes YOU who must read more or I should say read better. It's time you put away thar copy of Rolling Stone, the WWE Magazine, The terrible Twilight Saga and get ready for some real literature.
Am I being a real dick for saying this?
You bet, and I can live with it. But, since your here now I want you to read a our three books you may want to pick up and try reading and see for yourself if you can enjoy them. What is the worst that could happen; yes you may hate it but it may also change your life. The first book I have to write about just to get out of the way.
So, it's time for:
Three Books I Recently Finished That Will Pleasure Your Eyeballs.
One: The Collected Works of William Shakespeare.
Well...it's not too bad...not terrible.
...characters needed work...flowery prose...
...not enough explosions...
Are you freaking kidding! It's Old Willy Bard with a quill in his hand, his worst is my greatness. Actually, I never wrote ANYTHING that rivals his worst because for mere mortals, like me, it's too damn good.
The material Shakespeare write is tragic as sorrow can be, as grand as any monument of Rome and funnier then anything expect maybe Richard Pryor on a roll or in prison and the guards won't let him go because he is too funny. It shows you want a human being can with with just words, and it is just words...that's magic my brothers and sisters.
And yes, he was The Best Writer in History (Okay, maybe not, there might have been a janitor in a Wisconsin Truck Stop in the 1970's who was better) but even without the explosions Old Willy kicks your emotions like nothing before or since.
Yes, you should read it, not to just say you have but because great artist - and we only have few of those - are not just to be read or studied or revered but to be experienced. They are the ultimate weapons against things like ugly and stupid and sometimes evil. If that is true then Shakespeare is one of the best weapons we have and is power we should never lose.
There, I'm done.
Now, for a hellva segue.
Two: Tales from the Crypt Volume One: Ghouls Gone Wild by Don McGegor.
Again, just to get this out of the way: it ain't Shakespeare but it is pretty damn good.
The plot structures of this comic stories are as follow: bad people do bad things, the dead rises from the grave to take revenge on those who wronged them, end of story.
Each Crypt Tale is like this and yet they have their own unique charm, sometimes different from each other in both artwork and dialogue. This collected edition is one of the newer publishing from the long ago canceled EC Comics Line but reissued with a new publisher Papercutz. The EC versions are much better, more thrilling and some of the best artwork ever printed in the medium. What is on display here is still good and for $7.00 you may feel you get your money's worth; I did.
It's not deep, it's kind of dark and when it comes to entertainment for an hour or so you'll take this book and find some malevolent joy in reading about ghouls getting their creep on.
It's a good old time I just couldn't get enough of.
Three: The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories by Lord Dunsany.
One of the most legendary and wonderful collections of short stories from a man who inspired Tolkien, Borges and Le Guin, I found myself experiencing pure magic with each page of this book, sometimes each paragraph, each sentence.
Irishman Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany published his third book in 1908. Welleran is comprised of 12 stories, some of them about Gods - in which Dunsany was an expert at creating - others about ghosts and long dead warriors. Most importantly, at least to me, were the writings of an ancient city so well explained, so full of imaginative thought out you'd think you're reading about the best local in modern or classical fantasy.
There was no a single part of Welleran I did not enjoy and the best part was the language itself. If you do not pay attention to the story - which you would so yourself a great deserves if you do not - just listen to these sentences in your head, they will sing to you like an Angel of Absolute Beauty.
Read this book, read it now.