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Not too soon, is it?
and am halfway through this week's Private Eye. I can't remember where I am in any of the books either. Stupid reading habits are confusing the life out of me.
I feel like I am cheating on it by not giving it my full attention
which is an account of the Apollo missions. It's BRILLIANT.
Anna Karenina (eight months and counting now)
but was reading that. And Odd and the Frost Giants which is one of those kids World Book Day novellas, as its by my favourite author who sometimes dabbles with childrens literature
The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis. I loves it.
I was trying to think of in my 'Books You Just Couldn't Finish Because They Were So Shit' list.
I put it down and read the 'paper instead. DEAL WITH THAT.
but it seems he only really has one story
but i adore his writing style.
More that he takes a very similar approach to different subjects, and his style always feels the same across books. Glamorama and American Psycho: both obsessed with murder and sex, but the former develops into something quite different. And not to mention Lunar Park.
but there isn't too much variation either in terms of storyline or use of stylistic devices. Not to say he is a bad writer by any means though.
learned to build on that 'core' style he does so well. That's what makes Lunar Park such a curveball; he plays on everything you think about him and how he writes, and takes it off somewhere very strange indeed.
Admittedly, his earlier stuff is guilty of all you've said.
Is that the one which is based on his own life?
The Informers is particularly guilty of my criticism, particularly when you consider most of the stories read like mini versions of Less Than Zero. Still really like it though, the vampire short story is one of the most twisted things I've read
I'd absolutely pick up Lunar Park ;)
It's.. kinda based on his life. ..Actually, I won't say too much else about it. As Mr LLB says below, it can be a bit 'whut?' But it was one of the most fun, weird reads I've had in ages.
My first reaction was 'wow' and then after a brief pause I went 'eh?'
I've just finished reading The Burnt House by Faye Kellerman, though.
i'm reading Caesar: A Biography by Christian Meier.
I like Brighton Rock.
Read all of his other books as well, you'll see.
The Power and The Glory is good, but it's his most intense Catholicey one. I couldn't read his books for a while after that one.
is brilliant until the very end, when it all goes a bit silly.
I concur. I still loved it though.
I am enjoying it muchly
by Douglas Coupland
I have a pile about 2ft high of books I need to read.
i've been reading it for ages because I have no time anymore. Just got my 33% waterstones discount card that I want to take ful advantage of and stock up years worth, any book suggestions?
Still that Mao biog. I keep getting distracted by other books though. Like this one: http://www.amazon.com/End-Communist-Power-Anti-Corruption-International/dp/019521014X/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1203938080&sr=1-3
But the age thing is annoying the hell out of me even though it's actually really good, so I'm making myself feel slightly less awkward by breaking it with Gravitation and Bleach (I don't know why the latter seeing as I know I'll never be bothered enough to read all 23,456,781 other volumes of it).
The shounen-ai frequency there is entirely coincidental, by the way. I don't 'go for' them so to speak. God, I wish it didn't come with the stigma, I always feel I have to justify reading them.
i bet you're secretely a subscriber to Hot Yaoi Monthly.
that I'm not entirely convinced that you made that publication up.
And seriously. No.
yaoi is next-level deviancy, i'm not capable of that :D
Again. But it's still ace.
by Nick Cave. So far so very good.
but it's very good all the way to the end :)
to be honest.
still. Very slow reader.
Bangs on about god a bit to much for me.
as a flip calender :D
have you read World War Z?
is especially brilliant in that it builds on the 'rules' set out by the survival guide. It's a lovely piece of work, and one of those ideas I wish I'd'a had first.
Never underestimate the importance of weapon maintainance.
and J. Micheal Straczynki's doing the screenplay. That could be awful scenes.
Actually, World War Z has the best audio format version I've ever read/um, heard, with each speaker properly acted and characterised. Mark Hamill plays the army guy. Mark Hamill!
Yeah, I loved World War Z, great book! Someone at work gave me a very strange look and backed away slowly when she asked what I was reading and I showed her the cover. :D
I was reading that last night, my companion wasn't impressed when I tried to start a discussion on how you could use a hammer on a zombie.
i want that on my tombstone. after i die in the midst of a zombie horde.
Cognitive Psychology and Emotional Disorders, 2nd ed., Williams, Watts, Macleod and Mathews.
With my ears (not both at the same time, silly): Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill. It appears to be Officially Fucking Shit. So, you're Stephen King's spawn, right; if you're going to write a horror story, wouldn't you think it would be a genre-subversive one? If someone were to describe your book as about 'a man who buys a ghost off the internet,' wouldn't people think it was going to be some fresh, hilarious take on the genre? Not an actual, serious story about a man buying a ghost off the internet? Christ.
a ghoulish mail-order bride?
Also the guy is a ROCK STAR
He has a GOTH GIRLFRIEND
Maybe it's going to get really good any second. Maybe.
and she got lost in the post, by the time they found her she'd died of malnutrition?
I'm on the Subtle Knife at the moment, they're pretty good just like everyone was telling me before they made me read them...
by Jean-Paul Sartre -course reading for Thursday :(
the GREATEST graphic series. Have you read the whole lot?
they're always horrifically expensive :( I've got some Daniel Clowes and Sam Keith, Preacher I managed to borrow off someone. May want some Adrian Tomine..before I moved to Manchester we had this guy with a stall selling loads, I'm yet to discover such a place here.
by Tomine, which was pretty good. I've not got any Jeff Lewis one's, although Tristan said he had a couple so maybe I could borrow them as he has my copy of Eightball..
Being a poor student I can't afford to indulge in such things :(
but the drawings are amazing, and the whole storyline is so good and humorous. There's about 12 compiled books in the set, so I guess the obvious place to start is with number one!
by Irvine Welsh. Another book of short stories of which the first two are a bit rubbish, the third one is ok but the fourth and fifth are brilliant. He really is a fantastic writer, if nothing else
and halfway through Slolterhouse 5
Bt Jonathan Franzen. It's a refreshingly well written boook, but I'm not sure about how interested I am in the plot. It's unravelling particularly slowly - but I'm only half way through and I'm particulary persevering; once I've started - I have to finish.
by Joseph Heller. I haven't read it since i was 14. Just finished reading Down And Out In Paris And London by George Orwell