It's official, summer is here. For many, this means sun, sea, sand, and the other. For a Scot, this means rain, thunder, and hail. Summer hasn't been too kind this year, but that happens sometimes. So let lighten up these dark summer days with what's been giving me value this month.
Preacher TV show
The second season of the TV show 'Preacher' started this month. The first season brought a much-needed cleansing of the palate, with its irreverent look at the weirdness to be found in modern America, religion, and relationships. I love the idea that there is an entire world just below the surface of our daily humdrum one. The world only seen by those who know how to ask the right questions, often leading to disturbing, if darkly humorous, events. 'Preacher' is an adoption of a 90's graphic novel, but it's unlike any 'comic book' TV show you've ever seen.
Norse Mythology: By Neil Gaiman
Usually, I can get through about 3-4 books a month, but this month has been a dedication to a writer who is quickly becoming one of my favorites. The first book is a fairly short book of retold Norse myths called, quite aptly, 'Norse Mythology'. As someone who considers himself quite verse in the myths of the ancient Greeks and Romans, Norse mythology was a real eye opener to a world I was wholeheartedly unfamiliar. The 'real' Norse gods are very different from the Marvel Universe. Thor is a red-bearded, single-minded, fairly dumb God, who love nothing more than killing things. Odin is wise, but at times as trickish and underhanded as Loki. And speaking of Loki, he is everything you expect, in fact, apart from Loki actually being a 'blood brother' of Odin, not his son, Marvel has the character down to a tee. But there are so many other gods, like Frigg, Fray, Freya, Kviser, Heimdall. But what I enjoyed above all was how human these gods sometimes appear. The gods aren't immortal, they fear, love, eat and drink, they battle the same urges that we have, and above all, they are aware of their own mortality and their unavoidable fate.
American Gods: By Neil Gaiman
The TV adaption of Neil Gaiman novel was part of last months value post, so I just had to read the book. Firstly, this is a big bastard of a book, quite intimidating and has taking me the biggest part of this month to complete. I won't just copy and paste what I said in last months description, just know that it is a story of a man discovering a world below the surface of our own. The book also adds context, something that a TV series would take many seasons to do. If you have the time to spare and you love the show, you should read this.