As a kid, my father told me that constantly. "Eso es Satanico" referred to Ninja Turtles, Smurfs, Garbage Pail Kids, and even Madballs. I tried to convince him that Scooby Doo wasn't 'satanico' because the monsters were actually angry old men who ran county fairs and not at all related to the devil or he-who-must-not-be-named.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Cat's Cradle is the best book my little book club has read so far, and I chose it.
So I rule.

I wrote a brief review of this book for another website, but it has bugs that won't allow me to access it anymore. So I'll do it here.

This is my second Vonnegut novel-length experience. The first one was Breakfast of Champions. Cat's Cradle is some high concept stuff about the end of the world and all the ridiculous circumstances that bring it about.

I've said this before, I know. I don't read the backs of books so I'm not gonna talk about the book too much here. I hate spoilage and I'll have no part in it! I'll just say that it really, really was a solid read full of satire and dark humor. It is equal parts terrifying and hilarious, and I wish everyone would read it. I feel as though everything Vonnegut was trying to do here was accomplished. All the funny, all the dark, etc.

Dictators are frightening. Religion, terrifying. And a good time was had by all.


AJC said...

When asked why the jacket of "Under the Dome" is blank, Stephen King said book jackets are lousy with spoilers.

I cheered.

My family asked me how I choose a book. Apart from recommendations, I pick it up and start reading it. If I like it, I'll buy it. Easy.

Book copy is the root of all evil.

Alyson O'Holic said...

I have to admit that I had a really hard time reading Breakfast Of Champions.

gaba said...

I did too, Alyson. I finished it, though. I just didn't love it the way I loved this one.

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