Booking Through Thursday

From Booking Through Thursday:

Today is the 7th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. I know that not all of you who read are in the U.S., but still, it’s vital that none of us who are decent people forget the scope of disaster that a few, evil people can cause–anywhere in the world. It’s not about religion, it’s not about politics, it’s about the acknowledgment that humans should try to work together, not tear each other apart, even when they disagree.

So, feeling my way to a question here … Terrorists aren’t just movie villains any more. Do real-world catastrophes such as 9/11 (and the bombs in Madrid, and the ones in London, and the war in Darfur, and … really, all the human-driven, mass loss-of-life events) affect what you choose to read? Personally, I used to enjoy reading Tom Clancy, but haven’t been able to stomach his fight-terrorist kinds of books since.

And, does the reality of that kind of heartless, vicious attack–which happen on smaller scales ALL the time–change the way you feel about villains in the books you read? Are they scarier? Or more two-dimensional and cookie-cutter in the face of the things you see on the news?


What a deep subject for today!

I can't really say it influences my reading at all. I know when I watch movies that scare me, that does influence (I don't watch slasher movies anymore) so I don't know why I would think otherwise when reading a book because it's much the same.

I don't purposely buy terrorist books, but you have to admit the nonfiction ones will keep you turning pages especially if it's written by someone who has the skinny on the facts. I'm trying to remember a book I read a while back that had this theme in mind...now that one was good. Okay, I've got it here now. MARWAN by Aram Schefrin. I was glued to that book. We had him on tour a few months ago. If you ever want to read about the facts from the other side of the fence, that's the one to read. It is excellent.

BTW, prayers and hugs go to the victims of the families who perished seven years ago. If I had one wish to make, it would be for world peace everywhere. Maybe we'll get it sometime in the next lifetime. I highly doubt it, but it's a good wish not to waste anyway.

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