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I'm on Suite Francaise, which is nice (I mean, writing-wise) so far; engaging but not gripping.
by Jonathan Swift
and no sooner do I start than I find out about the new Jack Black version (set in kerrr-rrrazy modern times)
The original, I mean. The Jack Black one: Whut?
seems to be written by people who never got past the first section?
I'm getting bored of it and want something else to read for a while, something new. A recommendation would good...
Will leave a dirty indelible mark on your memory for ever more
and it sounds killerrrrrrrrr
you wont regret it....and like me will still be harping on about it 11 yrs after first reading it...
and 4 years later, he still hasn't given it back yet. grrrrr.
stick with Suite Francais, it's a very good back.
At the moment I'm reading Munich by David Faber, non fiction account of the Appeasement crisis of 1938. Excellent stuff so far.
It's psychedelic! Quite strange so far. And I just finished the Mark E Smith book. No closer to getting a handle on him. AND I read an Ozzy autobiography in an airport because of volcanic ash. Don't bother with that one, there was nowt new in it whatsoever because he is so fried.
Harrowing and very very very good. The first Capote book i've ever read - will have to investigate more once i'm done.
"Mother Night" By Kurt Vonnegut.
it's all about punctuation and grammar. It's horribly written and the author is extremely patronising. I'd quite like to punch her in the twat for the sake of mankind, actually.
For the sake of mankind: I would quite like to punch her in the twat. It's horribly written; the author is extremely patronising.
Do you see?
and other short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, as I picked the book up for free not long ago. Very good so far, loving the style of writing. Haven't seen the film, so I can't really compare on that note..
A Moveable Feast b Hemingway and A Street Car Name Desire by Williams whilst on holiday last week both very enjoyable.
Just ordered The Great Gatsby - Anybody read that?
It's about the surge in Iraq and follows one battalion for about a year. It was one book mentioned in a feature on contemporary war literature (in this case war reporting) on the Culture Show a few weeks back. I couldn't recommend it enough. It's harrowing stuff, but there's humour and bravery as well. It's about 280ish pages and I read it in about a day.
Next I'm probably going to read An Ice-Cream War by William Boyd. Maybe.
Greatest trilogy I have read since LOTR
good so far. Trying to get through Neuromancer by William Gibson as well, but it's a bit heavy going, all that sci-fi chat.
Respectful account of a tragedy and truly terrifying in places.
I'd never heard of Pararescue Jumpers before. Sounds like a very interesting profession. I'd like to read more about them.
Just started Buried by Mark Billingham.
For Whom The Bell Tolls by Hemingway. Supposed to good, right?
One of the first Hemingway books I read, now I have read nearly all of them
Umberto Eco - Foucaults Pendulum.
Pretty damn good.
A brilliant book, Be prepared to zone out completely at some points when reading about the society connections.
Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts (to commemorate 1 year since my time in India)
Ham on Rye - Charles Bukowski
Apparently Johnny Depp has bought the rights to the film of the book and wants to play the lead character.
really really really incredible. Probably his strongest work:
"...if love was dead or gone then the self was just self, and had nothing to do all day but work on sex. Oh, and hate. And death."
Started last night on Against the Day by Pynchon. It's...big. But so far very good. Though I read a quote of um...Martin Amis's recently where he was talking about being sick of lauded contemporary novelists just writing knowing pastiches that never really try to deal with the contemporary condition - and I can see where he's coming from with Pynchon. It's still very good though; he can really write.
Two people in the past year said I remind them of Owen Meany so I thought I'd better read it. I'm only 90 pages in, and all I know about him so far is he's a weird, short kid with a weird voice who kills his best friend's mother. Not happy so far - I'm not short.
Sounds like The Book of Dave - which is set in post-apocalyptic Essex instead and written in phonetic estuary dialect. But I'm not reading that.
I'm reading Diplomacy by Kissinger - I'm currently at the part where THEY FUCKED IT ALL UP.
I'm reading Cryptonomicon by Stephenson, which has the dubious accolade of being one of the few sci-fi (I guess) books I've read where the prose didn't make me want to top myself.
I'm almost at the conclusion of The Three Kingdoms, which is so good I've had to string it out over half a year even though it's not all that long.
And the manga Path of the Assassin. As emo as a tale relating the rise of Japan's greatest shogun and his ninja bodyguard/best mate can be. Beautiful art, scintillating examination of the bonds of loyalty, duty and friendship, and for some reason, a lot of titty.
as is The Rock of Crack as Big as the Ritz
I wish he'd do more of the literary pastiches.
in some like 80 years of Penguin Paperbacks little £2.50 thing....i can't remember exactly. it was on its own anyway.
has there been a collecting of his psychogeography writings yet? there needs to be
I have a copy of Gaijin knocking about, but never got started on it when I found out it was part of a saga.
It's got your recommendation, I presume?
I might add it to my shortlist
I really like the concept but I just can't get past the dialect. I've got 4 or 5 pages in before quitting every time. I may be due another run at it.
Preacher Book 6 (War In The Sun)
Lights Out For The Territory
All highly recommended.
born to run
awesome, awesome book
now starting a non-random walk down wall street
I like it. I like it a lot.
Also: Preacher 7, I think, and Ex-Machina 1.
by Carson McCullers, after reading someone on here recommend it I think.
Tis very good.
and was introduced to me by late of this forum utm_usic.
i'm hopefully gonna be doing my dissertation on Carson McCullers and Southern modernity - if I don't do it on Lady Gaga that is...HAr.
(sorry I missed this thread at the time.)
Carson McCullers is amazing - somehow still a bit underrated I think.
Pretty good Americana novel. Apparently the next one is better so I'll look forward to that when I get home. Looking at my sparse Uni bookshelf for my next book. Choice between.... ummm... Huxley - Chrome Yellow, A.L Kennedy - Day, Camus - The First Man or Hemingway - A Farewell To Arms.
so now starting on Ivan Klima's Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light - looks pretty interesting, but I do worry that about 87% of my favourite books are by Eastern Europeans.