The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Robinson Crusoe meets adult Lord of the Flies
Another post-apocalyptic tale … have we had enough of these yet? Apparently not. Luckily, Peter Heller’s writing style is fresh and engaging and brings readers into the psyche of the main character almost before they know it. From there, it’s an easy trip to perceiving how Hig resists the decline of the small remaining population and retains hope amid the overwhelming losses of both tangibles and his inner humanity. This book is thought-provoking and, as other reviewers have mentioned, quite poetic. It also has a good balance of the solemn and the ludicrous. At times, it moved a bit slowly for me, but that seems to be part of its point — life is often slow when all you have it time. After depressing glimpses of the population that’s left — either sickly and dying or Mad-Max-ish marauders — the unresolved ending provides hope for the future.
I have not seen enough movies lately to satisfy my constant lust. It’s just been that kind of summer, filled with other things to do. *Sign.* By passing along some new-release recommendations and reviews, I’m hoping maybe I can live vicariously through all of your movie-watching adventures! So, please come back and let me know what you’ve watched lately. I live for it!
Among other e-newsletters, I subscribe to one called DailyCandy. It offers editors’ picks of deals and new products in fashion, entertainment, home, and so on. Usually I delete it pretty quickly, as I’m just not in the market for $250 corn-husk walking shorts (yeah, I made that one up, but some of the fashions I swear are just as farfetched — I just don’t get it).
What I do love, though, is DC’s periodic rundown of latest, usually off-the-beaten-path, films. So, here is the latest. If you see one of these, come back and tell me all about it. I’ll be waiting …
September Must-See Movies, courtesy of DailyCandy