The Weekend Fellow (TM)
I love The Hobbit more than Lord of the Rings and that's your hot take for the day. Tolkien's whimsical bent (Tom Bombadil the GOAT) plays much better to me than the darker edge of Middle-earth. Turns out fairy tales and pure adventures still rip.
This month in Mick's "Over-Due Catch-Ups," we've got Frank Herbert's 1965 classic Dune! Turns out it lives up to the hype and rules quite hard. Get it before the Denis Villanueve adaptation comes out, and maybe even watch the David Lynch bomb too. What, you have a social life to get back to or something?
It's late spring (or pre-summer) and this is, to me, the best time for Redwall, a book of such warmth and whimsy that it makes me want to lie in tall grass, look at clouds, and dream that I'm a field mouse settling in for some vittles. Truly the life.
A perfect picaresque portrait of the endless greed and paranoia of the bourgeousie, and a prime example of the hero-less nature of capitalism. Even when you want to root for someone working within its framework, it's inevitable that someone is getting exploited. Dead Souls is a book for the dark humorists and the socialist cynics.
My first Patricia Highsmith book. My entry point was Todd Haines' beautiful 2015 adaptation with perfectly cast Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, which you should watch before or after you finish this. Carol and Therese might just be two all-time characters in my book. High recommend for anyone who wants a good romance or fully realized LGBTQ characters in their fiction.
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