I managed to read 15% of American Psycho before deciding I couldn't take anymore. I hadn't reached any of the more dramatic violent scenes or gotten a feel for just how misogynistic Patrick Bateman could be. I was just plain bored and found myself turning to other books or avoiding reading all together. Always a sign I should move on to something else. Maybe I should have persevered. It just wasn't in me.
As a result, I'm not able to say who the better villain is. Both Hannibal Lector and Patrick Bateman are evil in their own rights, and men I would never want to encounter in real life. Hannibal frightens me a bit more because of his intelligence, when it comes right down to it. He's not someone I would ever win against in a challenge of wits. He's much too cunning and charming. I never got to know Bateman well enough to know where he stands in that department. It's been ages since I last saw the movie version of American Psycho, and unfortunately, it's not one I can revisit any time soon (not exactly toddler viewing material).
Despite my inability to spend much time with monsters of the serial killing variety, I have spent much of October with supernatural beings: werewolves, the fae, vangels and everything else imaginable. And between my favorite Chicago based Wizard Harry Dresden (Jim Butcher) and Celia and Marco (from Erin Morgenstern's Night Circus), it's been a good month for magic.
Was your reading in line with the spirit of the month? What have you been reading lately?
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