I keep my summer reading on the escapist side. I’m not looking for a heavy intellectual challenge. I’m looking for a respite from the oppressive central Texas summer heat. I prefer to read at home, at night in my bed with crickets chirping in the trees outside my window and my ceiling fan blowing on my bare legs and feet. These are my summer picks.
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
It’s a Texas book for the Texas heat. It’s a grand adventure. My favorite western. It’s beautiful. It’s tragic and it’s epic in scope. It’s the holy grail of Texas tales, steeped in Lone Star mythos. Goodnight and Loving would be proud to know what they had spawned.
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
This is historical fiction dressed up as a techno thriller. You don’t have to be a nerd to love a good treasure hunt but if you throw in the birth of the modern computer and more information on cryptography than any normal human being can absorb, you’ll suck a nerd up into your treasure hunt story. It’s absolutely fun fun fun.
World War Z by Max Brooks
A Zombie Apocalypse masterpiece. It’s a survivor’s tale told in interview form. Brooks delves deeper and more realistically into the Zombie mythos than anyone else ever has. Walking Dead is good but it never even comes close to World War Z. I’m planning on seeing the movie which will require me to revisit the book afterwards for a comparison. For an extra kick try the audiobook. The cast is amazing. Mark Hamill and Henry Rollins are stand outs.
‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
The best Vampire novel ever written. I reread the Stand last winter. This summer it’s time to revisit the other pillar in King’s bibliography. Can a house be truly evil? You know you wanna know.
I’ve been putting these two off for a bit. But now that the show is catching up with where I left off, I need to be ahead of the “Game.” Politics, intrigue, warring kings, living dead frozen monsters, and fire breathing dragons. How could you not go there?