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and I bought The Best of Myles today so I've been flicking through that a bit - it's a collection of some of O'Brien's old newspaper columns under a different pseudonym. Legend of a man.
The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkings
The Girl With the Dargon Tattoo by SWEEEEESSDDDDISH.
It's intelligently written post-apocolyptic sci-fi, which is pretty much my favourite thing ever.
onto the third book now, it's about 700 pages in total.
At first I thought it was going to be just another very good suburban America book ala Richard Yates, but it's actually very surreal in places. I'd imagine it was very subversive when it was released, it's still quite edgy now. I found the writing too dense to start off with but once you get into the groove of it it's great.
It's about this everyman named 'Rabbit', who kind of coasts through life making wrong turnings....it's just a really, really good piece of work.
i am looking at them on Kindle. aaaannndddd.... Rabbit, Run delivered to my Kindle. excellent.
The ending of this particular one is devastating.
Berlin was underwhelming but I sobbed toward the end.
The Best of Everything, I'm loving so fa but 50s American novels are amongst my faves anyway so I'm bias. Really really liking it.
I read it last year, it's really great. One day I'll get around to reading the essays.
and started if this is a man by primo levi.
i bloody love primo levi. he's great.
It's a right barrel of laughs.
Gave me some pretty horrific dreams of my girlfriend being scalped etc though :(
Liking it so far.
by Joseph Heller.
Protagonist Bob Slocum moaning about his job, his wife, his children and life in general
Can't remember who it's by but it's a sequel to Moby Dick where Ishmael is transported to a world where most of the earths water has evaporated and whales and sharks fly. It's alright so far. My copy smells quite a bit though.
I recently finished Moby Dick - it was tough, really struggled with it in places, but it got better and a lot of it was very interesting.
Thought i'd read it after watching that Vinnie Jones film based on Moby Dick but with dragons rather than whales.
If Moby Dick was about dragons to begin with I probably would have read it at some point. If Age of Dragons was about whales, I don't think I would have watched it.
It was badass. Now I'm reading The Game. I'm gonna sleep with all your girlfriends.
my most 'thumbed' boiok
I'm using up the last few quid of my bookshop bursary for uni and I saw this and thought it might be good. Is it any good?
its been a long journey. early on i found it completely compelling and amazing, but my enthusiasm has waned considerably, what with it being 1000+ pages long. some amazing bits and moving moments though.
then i think i will reread What A Carve up, because it is one of the best books i've ever read and i think i'd enjoy that immensely.
Pretty odd. I bet it doesn't actually come to any conclusion at the end. If it does I'm sure it will be disappointing, though I'd be happy to be surprised! Wonderfully written so far though.
to starting Infinite Jest. 100 pages in so far...
So my question is, which do I read next:
Crime and Punishment
Tender is the Night
is brilliant. Long though.
Hmm, Crime and Punishment is my fave but Lolita is reallllllly good too. I say Lolita, C&P seems more of a wintery book.
and there was a copy of Tender Is The Night for 30p. Obviously I love The Great Gatsby, so was gonna buy it just off the back of who it was written by, but the cover and the description on the back made it look like a Mills and Boon book and I couldn't quite handle the embarrassment of buying what looked like a Mills and Boon book for 30p.
Is it actually like that, or did that edition have a slightly odd choice of cover / blurb?
even though I love Gatsby, they always just sound and look so monumentally shit I can't bring myself to read them. maybe Last Tycoon slightly less, but that's unfinished and who wants to read an unfinished book?
then again, Gatsby always has terrible covers and blurbs, and watching film adaptations shows pretty conclusively that what makes it good is the writing not really the story itself. hopefully this would apply to his others as well.
is the best thing he wrote imo. probably my favourite novel. if you're gonna do it get the one that isn't actually chronological (think its the 1934 edition), i think it works better.
read most of his other stuff as well. i remember really loving the beautiful and the damned, and if i'm honest none of the others immediately stand out in my memory. anyway, f. scott fitzgerald, what a guy.
it'll take you an hour to read, tops.
apart from the last tycoon. i'll check next time i'm back home and fill in any gaps in the collection. one of my three faves alongside orwell and saul bellow.
I've been loving F. Scott Fitzgerald recently, worked my way through most of his short stories, which I love.
which was slight but enjoyable enough.
About to start the Tin Drum.
it took me ages to get through it but it was well worth it. The other books in that trilogy are pretty interesting too.
Currently reading Turkish Gambit by Boris Akunin. Pretty enjoyable so far.
but yeah, it is great.
essentially a use based version of modern day (1900s and onwards) technology
fiction, Catcher in the Rye, pretty sure an english teacher recommended this to me ages ago but I never got round to reading it.
he was such a wonderful writer.
only got round to The Corrections last year and loved it, so rather excited about this. First chapter is a doozy.
I don't know if it's as good as The Corrections but it's good.
Yeah that's my review. Just call me ... um... Mr Book.
Don't normally do crime books but I'm enjoying it, and the cover is cool so it looks good on the tube. (This is important right?)
its pretty good, pretty readable and learning about Italian pop culture of the 1930s/40s is pretty interesting. plus there have been a shit load of references to books that I've picked up on that have made me feel hep and cool and well read
and a load of pulp fiction writers
'my life' by ann hejinian. chosen to read it for a synoptic exam a week on monday in which i need to answer on 6 authors in 3 hours and 3 essays which is pretty brutal.
the other 5 are:
raymond carver's short stories
ntozake shange 'for colored girls when the rainbow is not enuf'
peter manson 'adjunct'
easton ellis 'american psycho'
so not looking forward to the next 10 days...
Book club choice, liking it so far. Also reading Hunger by Michael Grant, which is the second book in the Gone series - forgot how bleak everything was.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
..and I just remembered that I'm halfway through Kafka's 'The Castle', but I forgot to take it on holiday with me.
They're all ace.
Stone Junction by Jim Dodge and Kill Your Friends by someone else.
I enjoyed both.
I think I want a Kindle.
what with the volume of books you're getting through.
I read somewhere that it had rekindled (holy shit, is that why it's called a Kindle?) loads of peoples' love of reading. I WANT MY LOVE OF READING REKINDLED.
Also, hello? You haven't lost your love of reading: you've just read two books. I don't know what more you want kindling.
They're good to go travelling with though.
Whatchoooo on about, pal?
you're saying I'm not good to go on holiday with. I GET IT NOW :D
It's called a Kindle because it reKINDLES your love of reading.
I'M NOT GOOD TO GO ON HOLIDAY WITH.
Also, I think you'll find that he was implying I was the one who was shit to go travelling with, yeah?
For the 653rd time, roughly.
NECK, LETS IN WIND, RAIN, SNOW, SOUP. LONG SLEEVES, DANGLE IN SOUP.
I'm not 100% sure yet (although I am 2/3 of the way through) but I think it be absolutely brilliant. It might also be shit. Loving the totally bizarre references to people like Patsy Palmer, Martine McCutcheon and Meg Matthews. And the guy knows how to write violence and nasty stuff in a particularly grimly realistic way...
They both look really long though!
everyone rates American Psycho, which *is* good but gets a bit bogged down, I reckon.
Glamorama and Lunar Park are pretty much flawless, though.
Laugh out loud funny in the first quarter, and then genuinely moving by the end.
Definitely best saved til last, though, so that you can get all the references (not that there's that many to Glamorama).
Not finished American Psycho but seen the film, not read Rules of Attraction but seen the film, and not read the Informers. Imperial Bedrooms was quite enjoyable i thought (apart from one bit!)
disappointing in its lack of extraordinariness. But if you read it before you read most of the others, then it probably would have a different effect.
I never got round to reading Informers, though. Must rectify that.
All of his post make some kind of distasteful reference to AIDS
There's a great quote about BEE/IB somewhere, let me find it. Here it is: "the very definition of authorly meta: Ellis is either so deeply enmeshed in his own creepy little insular world that he can't write his way out of it, or else he is such a genius that he's created an entire parallel universe that folds and unfolds on itself like some kind of Escher print."
really funny and quotable, yet dark and weird as if Herzog is directing the behind the scenes footage of Make me a Supermodel.
Only one of his I haven't read is Lunar Park which I really should get a hold of as everyone seems to say if I like Glamorama I would like that. Imperial Bedrooms is his worst, easily. I get the feeling that was written in mind for a film adaptation, and then in true Holywood style a remake of Less Than Zero!
I'm not from the West Country at the turn of the century
Brave New World, been meaning to for a while. halfway through, it's a good read. Someone told me to read it after 1984, and can see why
that is all.
It's bigger than any of your books so fuck off.
it is about the same size as the book I am reading
Length : 970 pages.
What you got?
can do one.
and reading The Handmaid's Tale.
he said it was amazing.
about 3/4s the way though, it's okay... I've decided to go on a bit of a Ballard odyssey and try and read his best stuff over the next couple of months. I've loved Empire of The Sun once it kicked off, and I'll probably go with The Drowned World next but suggestions would be great.
Oh also might read that Atlas Shrugged book after seeing the Adam Curtis documentry last week