The road by Cormac McCarthy

On the road to better things?

The road by Cormac McCarthy

“There were few nights lying in the dark that he did not envy the dead.”

Another world

The world in The road is a world we don’t want to live in; there’s no harvest, there are no animals, there’s no safety. Barely anything and anyone is alive. The ones who are alive are trying to survive.

Father and son, without names, follow the road to the coast in the hope of finding a better life. The father knows it’s probably a long shot and there won’t be anything else besides the dystopian world they are in right now. To the son, however, it gives a bit of hope.

Message to humanity

They say all is fair in love and war (big disagreement), is everything also fair when the world has perished? This book is moving, terrifying, and emotional – all at the same time. As a reader, you get a certain message about humanity. Do you choose for yourself or are there other options? Do good and bad exist? And… is there light at the end of the tunnel road?

McCarthy style

McCarthy is known for his harsh stories about the world/people. In The road he shows us what it’s like for the common man to survive in a dystopia. McCarthy is able to describe the landscape (what’s left of it) in such a way that you, as a reader, imagine yourself on the road. It definitely makes you wonder and especially now while we slowly destroy our planet (climate change): will the world ever become like this?

Are you ready to read it?

The story is merciless and terrifying but at the same time, it’s beautiful and moving to read about this relationship between father and son. It’s not for everyone but if you want to read about humanity within a desperate situation, then this is your book.

November challenge

In October I did have time to read quite some books. I finally finished Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. I liked it but didn’t love it. This was interesting for the “Cloud Atlas comparison”.

In case you missed the blog post, in short about Cloud Atlas:
The book consists of six different stories, six different characters yet they’re all being part of something bigger. It’s an interesting concept and I admire it. However, some stories were a bit difficult to read. The first one took me a long time to finish. But the more stories I read, the more interesting the book became. Until I read the last story and the style changed into something I didn’t enjoy that much. Luckily I went back to the other stories again.

Last month, I also read Het verloren lijk en wervelstof. The Dutch reviews are available on GelezenOnline and, of course, my own website.

Besides these two Dutch books I read two other Dutch books… because why not?

One is called Zwarte ziel and is about a gruesome murder case. This review is available on Boekrecensies and on my latest page.

The other book is called Het CARPA Complot and I loved this one. This one, together with Circe, is my favorite reading of this year. It’s about cybercrime, the water in the Netherlands, and my own city is in it as well. This is not a great thing considering what’s happening in the book… but the story was so good! This review will appear on GelezenOnline and here *clickclick*. 

This month another challenge is waiting for me: read a book that’s made into a movie this year. After all the crime and suspense books I decided to change it a bit. I’m going to read… The sun is also a star by Nicola Yoon.

According to the cover:
Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Let’s see!

Happy Halloween

Today is the perfect day to write a horror story. Have you ever written one yourself? Or do you have a favorite author/book?

I’ve never written any horror stories (unless you can count some awful drafts as horror, haha) but it’s always good to try something new. Oh, I’m lying! I started, a long time ago, with a story about a haunted island. My brother wanted to have the main character named after him – even when I told him he would die (spoiler!). So yes, I started this horror story but never finished it.

Will I give horror another try? Who knows. For now, I know I have to focus on my young adult book… because tomorrow is the first of November and that means (yes, another reading challenge and) NaNoWriMo a.k.a. National Novel Writing Month.

You can find me as Just-Liz and my story is called AfterEarth. It’s about a sister who has to find her brother. That doesn’t give a lot of information and is probably one of the worst descriptions you’ve ever read. But no worries, I will keep you up to date about my writing process and I will work on my description.

Let me know if you’re participating this year as well, then we can become writing buddies.

Happy Halloween and good luck next month!