Book reviews: the apocalypse and some health advice

The Walking Dead: Compendium Two

Okay, I finally did it. I got through the next The Walking Dead Compendium. Whoever says graphic novels are easy reads are out of their mind! I found this one was better than the first. By better I don’t mean better written or that the plotline was more exciting it was just slightly less … harrowing. It still very much deals with the theme of the choice between maintaining humanity and survival – incidentally, it’s a theme that comes up a lot in my new novel, scheduled to come out at the beginning of 2014 – look for it then ūüėČ

Blood Red Road, by Moira Young

This book is post-apocalyptic young adult, something we’ve seen before but Young does it … grittier. She took on a big undertaken in writing it in the terrible dystopian grammar of the future. At first, I won’t lie, it was grating, but after awhile I got into it, and I think it takes a lot to keep up the language, so I was impressed. I did like the heroine – she was hard core. Like, fight-to-the-death cage fighting tough. I wasn’t as pulled into the world as I have been with some other dystopian fictions, however. It was good all in all, but I don’t know if I’ll be going back for the sequel.

 

The End of Illness, by David B. Agus

The End of Illness – a pretty controversial title, dontcha think? But since David Agus’ book is fairly controversial from start to finish, I think it goes. It is a fascinating read on some of this top oncologist’s ideas on what makes for a healthy lifestyle. Some of it is common-sense: eat well, get exercise (lots of it) and sleep. But what I think the big underlining idea behind this is there is no magic pill that will give us good health and longevity. Especially multi-vitamins, which many of us (myself included) pop in order to make up for deficiencies in our diet. Not okay, says Agus. It doesn’t really work that way, while ingesting more vitamins than we need can actually be feeding our cancers (yikes). He also talks about getting our genetics tested, even our proteomes (I think that’s it) in order to tailor our lifestyle to the potential medical issues we have proclivities towards. I’m sure it costs an arm and a leg to see your genetics, but I would be fascinated to see what my future holds.

 

The Twelve, by Justin Cronin

Justin Cronin’s follow-up to the bestselling The Passage, The Twelve, completely lived up to expectations. I think I might have actually liked it better than the first. It took me awhile to wrap my head around The Passage, but this one I was ready to jump in head first. I can’t wait for the conclusion of this trilogy. It’s exciting, while also being one of those books that I need to take a day just to think about before diving into another one.

Word of the day:

Aggregate: a sum, mass, or assemblage of particulars; a total or gross amount

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