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I'm still reading Caesar: A Biography by Christian Meier.
by michael burleigh. it's AMAZING, but i left it in leeds so haven't read any in 3 weeks. i get to pick it up soon.
The Christmas Books* - Charles Dickens
*Yes, I know...I should have read this years ago, I guess I was too busy playing NES.
Have you read Perfect From Now On: How Indie Rock Saved My Life by John Sellers?
I just finished reading Gould's Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan. Its absolutely brilliant - Deleuzian man-becoming sort of stuff set in an Australian prison camp, but with lots of layers of reality and some quite incredibly vivid images (think of the ship that ran aground in 100 Years of Solitude). Check it, every sentence is the sort that you hope to find possibly once or twice in another novel, so if you only like things that seem like theyre written by Dead White Guys, then this should feel like it is...
just starting to get into it .... titus groan was amazing all the way through, but all these teachers have been pissing me off ....
didn't really get on too well with Titus Groan a few years back...
HAve just started The God of Small Things...thanks to my two-person boooooooook club...
oh and White Noise. still.
but it made me feel physically ill, so I think I'll leave that one for a while. Also reading High Fidelity, thankfully more laughs.
and lighters. Bleurgh.
the writing is like a continual headrush.
Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer
Both for A Level history... the latter's brilliant, former okay.
for uni.... It's not as bad as I expected it to be.
some Freud, also for uni.
just finished 'wittgenstein's poker'. currently dipping into ben elton 'chart throb' and an awesome old schoolboy book called 'the willoughby captains' that i got for free at a church jumble sale in the isle of wight.
and at work we have a bookshelf so people can pick up a book to read at lunchtime or what have you. and there i am reading 'bumps' by zoe barnes, about a department store department manageress who gets pregnant.
she writes beautifully; although i think i preffered 'good morning, midnight'...
By Will Elliot.
Very macabre indeed!
factotum - charles bukowski
microserfs - douglas coupland
i started the bukowski first but i started having my currently-ongoing angst crisis so switched to heavy doses of coupland.
Not bad, oculd have done with more fucking and whiskey, not
Finally just about to start Cat's Cradle
quite a lot of both in there.
Cat's Cradle is fanfuckingtastic, by the way :)
by Graham Greene, biography of John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, usually referred to as a 'libertine poet'. I watched the Libertine over Christmas and it piqued my interest. He seems to have lead quite a life, and had done more by the time he was 22 than I will have.
And 'The Crisis of Islam' by Bernard Lewis.
or rather I tried to today but the semi-fictional sort of txt speak lahndahn future slang/language really put me off.
So instead I'm starting the Gormenghast trilogy later tonight.
'Things the Grandchildren Should Know' by Mark Everett.
It had one of the highest death tolls of anything I've ever read - pretty harrowing at times, but yet he never seems to wallow in it.
It also made me want to listen to a lot more of the Eels.
and it seemed pretty rubbish, so I stopped. Should I try again?
Christopher Brookmyre; oh how I love him.
I'm enjoying it, but it's so fucking geeky.
the historical origin of Islam y'know, but with lasers and spaceships and killer martial arts.
really really good
...but I'm picking up some of that. I don't know why I haven't read it before.
Animal Farm by George Orwell and Sex, Drugs & Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman.