This past week, my family and I went on a trip to North Dakota to go hunting. Thanks to American Airlines, we spent way too much time in airports during this trip. Our plane had to deice, the gate we were leaving out of got changed, our flights got rerouted, and we even missed a connecting flight in Dallas, so for the second time this year, we were stuck in Dallas. This was horrible for my family, but not for me, mainly because of Chicago and Denver's bookstores.
When we landed in Chicago, we got off to see a large ceiling with giant Christmas decorations already hanging and unlit. The white snow and sky shone blindingly bright outside the large windows, letting us know that we weren't leaving any time soon. Chase and I walked from our gate into the large circular food court, with miniature restaurants on one half of the circle and tables and chairs littered within. On the side closest to us was a bookstore wrapping almost halfway around the circle.
Chase and I made our way inside and he immediately warned me that I shouldn't buy any books since I have yet to finish the third book in A Song of Ice and Fire. I completely ignored his advice, because I absolutely love buying books. I bought three books from that store, and ended up buying three more in Denver. (I bought a total of four Chuck Palahniuk novels because of the postmodernism project we did in AP Lang.) By the time we left Denver, I was carrying about twelve books with me to North Dakota, and only finished two. Of the books I bought, the books I read are:
Damned by Chuck Palahniuk:
Doomed by Chuck Palahniuk
Doomed is the sequel to Damned, and follows Madison as she's made her way out of Hell, and, after a Halloween ritual by some of the rude girls from her boarding school, she's trapped on Earth as a ghost, essentially in Purgatory. She communicates now in blog posts detailing her experiences, and, after speaking with her grandmother's ghost, begins to realize the truth about that awful experience with her grandparents. She also gets to see how her parents have taken the afterlife advice she's given to an extreme she'd never imagined, and must deal with the news that Satan or God may have planned all the events that landed her in the grave and all those after. She must come to terms with the fact that it may be her destiny to patch things up between God and Satan. I also got to finish this book, and thought that it was a great sequel. I eagerly await the third book in the series.
Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk (Currently Reading)
Haunted is a book about a group of writers who are propositioned to go on a three-month retreat to the house of Mr. Whittier to leave behind all the things that kept them from writing their masterpieces in their old lives. However, as their host begins making living conditions in the house more and more unbearable, the writers begin vying for who's going to be the star of the movie made from their shocking experience. The book is written in chapters which are prefaced by a poem about and a story by one of the characters. It's not for the faint of heart; when Palahniuk did a reading of a story from the book, "Guts", which made about 35 people faint. It satirizes reality television, but it is, according to the author, about the "battle for credibility" that comes about because of how easily one can publish something nowadays. I'm still reading this book, and I'm really enjoying it.
The other books I bought were Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, and Slaugherhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. I haven't read any of those yet, but I plan to read all of them by the end of winter break. I almost bought William Gibson's Neuromancer in Chicago, but I bought American Gods instead. (Sorry Brewer!)