Friday, May 02, 2008

Last night I went to a going away happy hour for one of my co-workers, Crystal. We went to Dona Emilias and had mojitos and some pretty tasty appetizers. I'll be sorry to see Crystal go. She was one of the fun kids at the office. Nonetheless, I wish her well as she starts her new job (which involves licensing for teachers).

I finally finished reading World War Z, which I've been picking up and putting down since about last December (or maybe before). It was a pretty engaging, easy read, but I can't help feeling like the author, Max Brooks, intended for the book to mean something more to the readers than it ever meant to me (the book just has a fairly serious tone to it for a novel about zombies). I guess the movie just feels really heavy because its written in the format of a bunch of interviews and/or stories conveyed by survivors of a worldwide zombie war, and Brooks does a pretty good job of conveying the pain, sorrow, and horror that a survivor of any war would probably feel, although in this case the combatants have been waging a war against the living dead. Strange book.

Now I'm rereading a graphic novel (i.e., big, long comic book) by Alan Moore called The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. It basically takes characters from a bunch of different novels and stories involving Victorian England and teams them up together, superhero style, to fight gathering forces of evil which are threatening Great Britain. Characters include Captain Nemo (from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), the Invisible Man (from the book fo the same name), Dr. Jekyll (and Mister Hyde), Allan Quatermain, and Mina Murray (from Bram Stoker's Dracula). Anyway, the stories in the novel are clever, complex, and make reference to countless works of literature set in the Victorian Age. I've read this book before, and it's really good. They tried to make a movie of the thing a few years back with Sean Connery, and it was pretty awful. Don't let the movie put you off from the book, though.

Well, it's not a lot, but that's about all that I have at the moment. Hope you guys have a great weekend.

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