This Week’s Pick: The Walking Dead: Book 3 by Robert Kirkman
I have a confession to make. I’m kind of a nerd. I have an obsession with anything sic-fi related, and have a weakness for comic books. In fact, one of my prized possessions is an autographed copy of a Stargate comic. But lately, my favorite graphic novels are The Walking Dead series by Robert Kirkman, the inspiration for TV show of the same name. Now, some of you might be wondering why I’m suggesting book three. Well, that’s because if you follow the TV show, this is where season three picks up. However, I highly recommend reading all of them, particularly to get the back-story we don’t see in the show. But don’t worry! I’ve read the whole book in a day, so if you start now you’ll be ready to pick up with survivors on Sunday when it picks up on AMC with the second episode of the season.
While the book does make for a great read, it is not for the faint of heart or children. While many graphic novels are associated as being children’s books, The Walking Dead, no matter which book you read, deals with adult themes such as death, murder, the after life, and darker topics. In The Talking Dead, the counter part to the AMC series, the cast talks about the show, book, and characters they portray. In one episode, Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl (a character not in the book), says season three of the show is not so much about zombies and people, but “people versus people,” the same of which can be said about the graphic novel.
I hope you’re enjoying the wonderful weather today! Here’s a beautiful piece of poetry by Sarah Holland-Batt for you to enjoy– it’s a good day to sit on the grass and savor the autumn sun.
Born in Queunsland, Australia, Sarah Holland-Batt attended the University of Queensland where she earned First Class Honours in Literary Studies and an MPhil in English. Presently, she is a member of the Creative Writing faculty at the Queensland University of Technology. This poem, titled Garden Apartment, Taube is a rather bittersweet piece, but we hope you enjoy it all the same.
Hailing from North Carolina, McLarney began her career as an editor before moving on to publishing her own work, including individual pieces for The Onion and The Kenyon Review among others, and her first book titled The Always Broken Plates of Mountains. Currently she teaches writing at Warren Wilson College and spends her spare time writing at home on her farm in western North Carolina.
Her rural roots can clearly be seen in her poem through the imagery of ranching and bull roping, painting a clear enough picture you can practically smell the hay. If you find the time before bed tonight, curl up with a nice cup of tea, look out at the stars, and listen to Rose read her poem here.
I hope you had a wonderful week! This week’s pick is a book I saw on the Today Show a few weeks ago, Bringing In Finn by Sara Connell. The book’s controversial subject matter has caused quite a stir not only among readers, but on news stations, religious groups, and the medical community as well.
Just like last week’s author, Sara is also a Chicago native, an element which made her writing that much more attractive to me. While she did spend a few years abroad, most of the story takes place in the Windy City. While the story beings on a tragic note, the reader knows there will be a happy ending based on the title (and the book jacket).
While there is no poem listed for today, here’s a lovely piece by Kristin Fogdall titled “”Letter From the Shore.” Kristin lives in Vermont, and her works have been featured in journals such as Poetry, The New Republic, Partisan Review, and the New England Review, among others. While the poem is a lovely read, I always extoll the value of listening to the spoken poem when possible. When you have a break in your day, take a moment listen to Fogdall’s work on the Slate website.
“Letter From the Shore” by Kristin Fogdall
We’re out past the old town line,
a block from the railroad tracks,
and trains rattle the shelves
every couple of hours.
Sorry for the delayed posting. But if you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, why not check out this week’s pick, Dark World by Zak Bagans?
I know it’s a little early, but I always get excited for Halloween—it’s my favorite holiday! And since stores everywhere are starting to display decorations and costumes, I couldn’t help but celebrate the release of a new season of Ghost Adventures picking up one of my favorite spooky themed book, written by none other than the lead investigator, Zak Bagans.
Born in Florida, Bagans moved to Chicago his senior year of high school, where he graduated from Glenbard West, and still visits family here—as well as coming back to film an episode of his show, which airs tonight! After bouncing from college to college for a few years, he moved to Michigan, where he experienced his first paranormal encounter in his Trenton apartment. The rest is history. Shortly after his move to Nevada to start film school and meeting Nick Groff is where his book picks up.
Hello readers! This week’s poem from slate is “Declaration to a Shade” by Brian Culhane. Like Mary, I always recommend you listen to the poem when you get a chance. Hearing a poem read aloud not only brings it to life, but adds another level to it’s meaning. Tone quality, intonation, and emphasis are all qualities added to a poem by the speakers voice; and hearing the emphasis added by the author allows to hear the poem as he or she intended.
A native New Yorker, Brain Culhane has art is his blood, being the son of a famous Disney animator. According to his website, he attended the City University of New York (BA), Columbia University’s Writing Program (MFA), and the University of Washington (PhD) where he studied epic literature and the history of criticism. He has numerous published works, most notably The King’s Question. Check out his reading of his poem here when you find a quiet moment to relax.
This week’s pick: Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
We all know how the story ends—but do you know how it starts? The assassination of Abraham Lincoln is one of the most horrific events in our nation’s history, and one students are taught about from an early age. But as much I thought I knew about that time in history, O’Reilly’s gripping thriller kept me turning pages to learn more about the disturbing events that lead up to that bloody day.
Written more in the style of a suspense novel than a non-fiction book, Killing Lincoln is sure to attract readers both already interested in reading non-fiction and those new to the genre. If you enjoy movies like The Conspirator you’re sure to enjoy this book. While he wasn’t a vampire hunter, Abraham Lincoln’s life from the time the Confederacy began to fall to his last night is filled with tension, made even more thrilling by O’Reilly’s writing style.
Expertly written in a way that keeps the reader hooked, his gripping prose connects the reader viscerally not only to Lincoln, but to his troops, General Lee, and the Confederate soldiers struggling to keep fighting a war they know they cannot win. The more I read, the more empathy I felt for the men whose names I’ve heard growing up that now I could envision as flesh and blood human beings. Whether you’re a history buff or simply looking for an engaging read, this book needs to be on your list.
— Meg Schlegel, Assistant Blog Editor
Editor’s Notes: Meg Schlegel is in her senior year, and is a double major in Theology and English with a minor in Spanish. An avid reader, she loves the classics like Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice, andDracula, historical fiction and non-fiction.