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Children of Men, PD James (with Spoilers)

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage; Rei Rep edition (May 16, 2006)
Originally published:? 1992
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0307275434
ISBN-13: 978-0307275431 PD James… cant say i am a fan.. i have read one or two of her novels, and they are all very interesting, but not a style i enjoy reading. In her mystery novels, investigator Adam Dalgliesh is an excellent character, and the plot lines are excellent, but i find her writing style tiresome and very “unexcellent”. typically, getting 50 pages into one of her novels is a challenge for me. by page 50 i have enough of the plot in view that i can slog through the rest of it. as a result of these past experiences, i put off reading this a great number of times. The Children of Men was greatly different. Throughout the initial 50 pages, I was accosted by over abundance of internal monologue and ultra descriptive scenery that i had virtually no interest in. right around page 50, characters start intermingling and talking. as soon as James start…

The Minotaur takes a cigarette break, (Steven Sherrill)

The Minotaur takes a cigarette break (Steven Sherrill). Not one of the best books i have ever read, but enjoyable all the same. The core plot is as such… The Minotaur, and other mythical beings, are no longer living in their old obscurity. Instead, they have a more modernized obscurity. The Minotaur, referred to by his friends and co-workers as “M”, has traveled the world for the last 5000 years, and has only recently settled in this parched landscape. the trailer he rents is too small for him to comfortably live in. the trailer park he lives in contains a few folks he has gotten to know fairly well. not that he cares for the most part, humans are fickle and mortal. having given up the “old world”, he lives in rural southwestern USA. i cant tell exactly where, but the feel i get is that it is new mexico, if the location was mentioned by name i missed it. M has gotten a job as a line cook at a local dive, and brings in enough cash to make him comfortable. M is lonely and depressed. the bo…