The Fall of the Governor Part 2 by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga.
This book is part of The Walking Dead canon and follows on where the last one left off. The Governor has been brutally attacked and left for dead by Michonne and along with a few members of the Woodbury residents have escaped the eerie community.
Lily Caul plays a much bigger part in this book, as does Bob Stookey (the town alcoholic) as she steps into the role of town leader whilst The Governor is patched back together by Bob. There’s an unrest in the community and people begin to question where Martinez is and why their leader hasn’t been seen for a while. This being one of the meanest guys of the comic book world he’s not about to turn the other cheek with the attack on him. As soon as he’s back on his feet he rallies the rest of the community and paints the group living in the prison as monsters that should die. He proposes that they strike back and wipe them out in order to preserve their community from future attacks.
The great thing about these books is there’s a lot of depth to the characters, but none more so than Philip Blake aka The Governor. To see how much he has changed from the first book in the canon (The Rise of the Governor) to how he is in this book is incredible. The style of writing is incredibly descriptive and it’s easy to get sucked into the tense moments of the book, it’s also easy to visualize the ickier moments in the book which for a book that would be classed horror/post apocalypse is just what you need.
Although well written it wasn’t the best in the series and I found that some stuff happened sooner than I expected and the latter chapters seemed to act like convoluted filler.
Star Rating out of 5: 3
‘For a moment, Philip Blake stares down at the old man now lying in a fresh pool of deep-crimson blood next to his son, the puddle spreading, forming wings on the cement, like a Rorschach inkblot test, two angels lying in state, one next to the other – martyrs, sacrificial lambs.’
Happy reading lovelies.
Have you ever watched a TV show and enjoyed it so much that you rush to your phone or laptop and check if there any books that form part of a canon? I’m getting that right now with Nashville, a show that has been on my radar for quite a while but I only had the opportunity to watch recently when my husband got a Now TV account on his PS4. For some reason I’ve always been a sucker for Country music so this show has all the perfect elements. Country music, strained family dynamics, dirty secrets and plenty of sassy comebacks, not to mention romance, death and addiction. Nashville is DEFINITELY my cup of tea.
I think one of the things I love the most about it is the two main protagonists of the show are females. They know what they want and aren’t afraid to get it and despite their flaws I can’t help but love them. Unfortunately there are only two seasons available for me to watch so I’m going to have to order the DVD of Season 3 and await the release of Season 4, but I was thinking to fill the void of the show I have binge watched over the past couple of weeks that I could turn to the literary world to find something. However all my searches are proving somewhat fruitless, I have ‘How Nashville Became Music City USA: 50 Years of Music Row’ by Michael Kosser and ‘Cash – An Autobiography’ by Jonny Cash currently sat in my shopping basket but I’m looking for more books. Books that embody the storylines and drama of the TV show, so I’m asking all you lovely people out there to send me some recommendations. I know I have quite a few followers who are based in the US and as Country music is nowhere near as big as it should be in the UK, I’m looking to you for guidance. So please recommend away, and help me fill the void of music and gripping storylines until I can order that DVD boxset.
Here’s a track from show that I love, happy listenin’ y’all.
The Innocent Killer by Michael Griesbach.
I think like the rest of the world there was a time a good few months ago when all I could talk about was the Netflix documentary ‘Making a Murderer’ after I watched it I was in a state of disbelief (and rage) so when I saw this in my local supermarket I just had to get a copy.
Now I’m sure there’s a lot of you out there who feel that the documentary was one sided and believe Steven Avery is guilty and has been rightfully convicted, so you will love this book because it is mostly unbiased apart from towards the end of the book, which in my opinion, the author pretty much states that he believes the conviction received by Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey is justified. However if you’re like me and believe that Avery is innocent then this book gives you A LOT more insight into his first wrongful conviction in 1985 and the battle it took for him to be, eventually exonerated, of the crime. It looks at Avery’s past misdemeanours and yes, understandably, he wasn’t an angel, but he was getting his life back on track (which those who watched the documentary closely will know IS mentioned) I couldn’t believe the lack of care or responsibility Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department displayed in the handling of the sexual assault on Penny Beernsten. I won’t spoil anything for you in case you decide to read but there is SO much more that happened, so much more evidence and people approaching the Sheriff saying he’d got it wrong, only for it to be ignored so that Gregory Allen could spend another 10 years on street, which led to the brutal rape of a woman whose daughter was asleep in the room next door.
The book looks at the Steven’s appeal for compensation for his wrongful imprisonment for 18 years where he was set to get a $36 million dollar pay out, so for me, it comes as no surprise that when Teresa Halbach went missing and the Avery Salvage Yard was the last place she was seen, that all fingers pointed to Avery. Now you’re probably familiar with the case as it’s what 8 of the 10 episodes focused on, but it does offer more insight, including motions that were filed by everyone’s favourite justice league Dean Strang and Jerome Buting. One of which was to suggest that anyone who had access to the Avery Salvage yard should be considered as perpetrators of the crime, including two of Avery’s brothers, one of which had been arrested for trying to strangle his girlfriend to death with a telephone cord.
An eye opening book that offers more insight into the first case than the second but its well worth a read if you’re looking for more information after watching the documentary.
Star Rating out of 5: 3
I’d love to know what your thoughts are on the case below, so please do comment.
Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
Sorry it’s been a while since I posted, it’s partly because of work, partly because I was reviewing two other books for Belle About Town and also because I was reading this. This was the book that was nominated by the ladies at my monthly book club. The theme was sci-fi and whilst this is definitely on the spectrum of sci-fi as a utopian novel, I found it quite disappointing. It was my first foray into science fiction and was incredibly underwhelmed.
It follows the story of three male explorers who discover a country where the entire population is made up of women. In fact no men have lived in Herland for 1000’s of years, so much so that the women can breed without men and have virgin births. There is no violence, illness or crime in Herland and no war or poverty. Whilst these viewpoints were thought provoking I didn’t feel the author explained these big concepts clearly enough. Now don’t get me wrong this was published in 1915 so over 100 years ago women had a long way to go be seen as equals to men and whilst this would have been incredibly progressive for its time period, I just don’t feel that she explained enough and often kept repeating herself.
The men learn all about the history of Herland and in turn they teach the women about the world, a lot of it they can’t comprehend (like sex for pleasure or the act of sex) and some it upsets them (infanticide, poverty, the idea of women staying at home and ‘entertaining’ being their only jobs) Charlotte Perkins Gilman even introduces veganism, which I imagine was fairly unheard of back then. But as I said before this book just struggled to pull me in. Although there were plenty of interesting topics that she could have delved into more, I felt she just glossed over them. It felt like a chore to read it and although the copy I had was only 115 pages in length it took me over two weeks to finish it. I feel so annoyed that I wasted so much time on a book when I could have been reading something more enjoyable, but I had to stick with it so I could discuss it at the group. It wasn’t the book I was expecting, nor was it a great introduction into the sci-fi genre, a genre I am desperately wanting to venture into a bit more. I think one of the ladies summed it up perfectly at the meeting when she said ‘It doesn’t read like a good piece of fiction but like a manifesto for equality.’
Star Rating out of 5: 1.5
‘You see, they had no wars. They had no kings, and no priests, and no aristocracies. They were sisters, and as they grew, they grew together – not by competition, but by united action.’
Please do let me know if you have read it, and if you can recommend any better sci-fi books for me, please comment below.