This week was not stellar, so I’m going to focus solely on my Friday night horror movie pick. I watched Boar, an Australian creature-feature about a boar the size of a station wagon that eats/chases/gores/beheads all the nice Australian people. The effect on me is 1) I now have to worry about murder pigs if I ever head to Australia, 2) I kept saying “too right!” for a whole evening, and 3) I learned the phrase “hotter than a tom cat with four balls.” Apparently, there is also the 1984 Australian horror movie Razorback, also about a murder pig, and now I see a pattern.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaram is about parenting, immigration, class, and money. Interestingly, this is not a story about white people against a brown immigrant, as we often see, but second-generation Indian-Americans and an undocumented Mexican teen. Sekaram layers on the complexities, at times unnecessarily so, but she leaves no room for easy answers, either.
Is it real? Are the effects all in their heads? The Cipher by Kathe Koja is considered a staple of paperback horror. Full-on 1990s grunge shapes these desperate, depraved characters who each have a different vision of what is down in the “Funhole,” a literal hole in a squalid apartment building that only makes itself seen in the presence of our main character, earning him groupies and the attention of a power-hungry ex.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Why are so many villains disfigured? From witches to the Phantom of the Opera, an obvious difference is a sign of evil in many stories. Amanda Leduc weaves her personal history — using a wheelchair for a brief time in elementary school and her cerebral palsy and major depression — with fairy tales, both historic and Disney, in the book Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space. Review Tuesday.
I know that Outlawed by Anna North is getting loads of attention for being a lesbian western, but in 1995 there was Martha Moody by Susan Stinson. A woman so big she started her own town called Moody. Martha’s so influential that she inspires a series of mythical stories about her and her flying cow doing great deeds, all published in magazines. Martha Moody is just a person, but who is Martha to Amanda Linger, a homesteader’s wife . . . and the secret author of the popular stories? Review Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 242
Owned Books on TBR Today: 222
Thank you kindly to Sue @ Whispering Gums for her recommendation!