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What's everybody reading? Any recommendations? I've just finished reading The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien.
it's my first Gaiman novel although I have read a lot of his comics.
I've been told this is the best one.
The Book Thief
Don't think I'll be reading the latter
It's cool, not quite as cool as Death and the Penguin, but still cool
enjoying it so far
It was ok.
I'm about to start Skagboys by Mr. Welsh. Not sure if I'll enjoy it.
...Slaughterhouse-5 by Kurt Vonnegut. Excellent stuff, need to read more of his work. All too rare in charity shops though and no book retailers / online places ever have his stuff for cheap. Can't be spending £8 on a book.
Also just finished Hell's Angels by Hunter S. Thompson which I guess was a decent enough distraction for tube/bus journeys.
Currently about 3/4 of the way through The Castle by Kafka, very much like The Trial, a really enjoyable read but I can imagine the not being finished/out of place ending thing is going to be frustrating again. If I have a chapter to look forward to like the church scene in The Trial though, it will have all been worth it.
Not sure what to read next. Might go for a Bill Bryson for the tube, and maybe one of the big ones I've been avoiding like A Man In Full by Tom Wolfe, or The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen for home.
most of his stuff is pretty easy to get from your local library.
[Vonnegut that is]
I'd recommend Cat's Cradle and especially The Sirens Of Titan.
do everybody a favour
Naff off clothes thief!
I'm really enjoying it, I love magical books like this but never seem to have much luck finding many. I loved Stone Junction, that kind of thing. Need to find more...
Generally funny, but gets a bit one note. Enjoyed it though.
Now started A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by Joyce. Liking it so far.
leisure - reddit.
not really enjoying either tbh.
enjoying it so far. Its always a bit weird reading a book that you already know the plotline to though.
just been reading Lunar Caustic by Malcolm Lowry the past day.
Short story about a jazz pianist who goes insane in NY in the 19whenevers. Pretty good.
Also reading Karl Popper's The Logic Of Scientific Discovery and Judith Butler's Gender Troubles because I can.
Got Richard Yates by Tao Lin on the way in the post atm, wasn't sure which of his is best so I went with the cheapest.
also I got the first issue of Arc earlier.
New Scientist's spin off futurist title only available on your Kindle or 'zinio.com', unless you want to pay £30 (!!) for the physical edition. Few short stories by the likes of Margaret Atwood + Alastair Grey and some proper articles.
Haven't read it in detail but it seems pretty good.
was pretty good
I hear eeeeeeee eeee eeeeeeeeee is cool
richard yates is not so great.
miss leeds so much though, hoping to eventually move back maybe!
wasted money then?
I'll get eeeeeeeee next I guess, unless this is completely useless.
i just found it a bit of an effort. shoplifting is in the same style but it's a novella so it's not so much to plough thru. bed, his short story collection is great too. that's in a slightly different style though. you should watch him on 'cooking the books'. it's super awkward.
i really really liked Richard Yates. picked it up from the postroom after tea yesterday (so around 6PM) and finished it earlier today. partly because it was short but i found it super easy + fun to read.
think i might get eeeeeee eee eeeeee from amazon.co.uk
i ordered it.
my friend said he wants to lend me cloud atlas sometime. think i will read that while i wait for eeeeeee eee eeeeee to come in the post
Read an excerpt from Shoplifting in Vice subsequently and it didn't really seem as good.
It unfolded very nicely and that, but I am a bit annoyed that I have to go and get a hold of the other fat book to finish the story now. Just a cheap bastard probably.
Started Ubik by PK Dick in the meantime.
I didn't think it was quite the classic PKD novel that some people make it out to be, but it's good nonetheless
thought it was good but not mind blowingly so.
Much preferred The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. Chilling stuff.
i never expected to be scared when I started reading PKD, but Ubik, Palmer Eldritch and Martian Time-Slip have all given me the heebie-jeebies
i'm reading VALIS right now
i wish they would adapt them for tv a la mad men.
Because I am an idiot and need to re-read every page. Every stinking page. I used to be able to read Kant ffs.
enjoyed that book a lot when i read, but can't remember a great deal about it. should read more bellow.
This makes it very interesting but very challenging.
its awesome but mostly written in Jacobean English so is pretty hard going
Gory as all hell.
Really enjoyed it...got so much love for Bill Hicks.
Am now reading The Night Circus, which is pretty good so far.
which was good if slightly nauseating at points, now reading 'Where's My Jet Pack' by Daniel H Wilson, which is kind of a tongue in cheek look at the classic 1980's vision of the future.
I've just finished The Hound Of The Baskervilles and have just started The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan.
Once you get past him tottering around London it is non-stop laddish action.
One of life's mysteries I could have solved in 3 seconds by clicking on your profile on here
*one of about 3 people I'm friends with on goodreads.
It's really good but hasn't yet covered how he came to write Hazard.
its so good I almost want to read it all over again
It's weird because it's so short but I'm kind of struggling with it, not really as good as I'd hoped, gonna slog it out though. Money was fucking brilliant though - I started London Fields a few years ago as well but I think I forgot about it before the end (a shitty habit that has got even worse recently).
I picked up some great books from the charity book shop the other day (the only place I buy books now) so I'm pretty excited about finishing this one just to move on to them, especially as I have ample time on my commute to read now.
I find it so much better to read a book when commuting than say, The Metro.. Habitually I often just pick up a free paper, but I draw no real enrichment or or improved state-of-mind from it. I think I'd rather be cut free from the real world via a novel than drawn into it via a paper, really puts me in a better mood at work
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDl8Eq4dsz8 ('Time's Arrow' by Prurient). Also inspired by Big Black and Angelo Badalamenti by the sounds of it.
London Fields is my favourite Amis. It's basically the best ideas from all his previous books until then merged together into one epic with the unreliable narrator / narrative thrust the final stroke of genius. Love it.
It's excellent so far. All about an imaginary African republic and a man pretending to be a witch doctor.
London Fields is Amis' best novel in my opinion. And I don't just say that because of Keith Talent (although I am amused by his clear hatred of Keiths.)
Soon to start That Dead Man Dance by Kim Scott
...Arriving at the party after everyone's already passed out or dancing with the hotties, I'm reading 2666 by Roberto Bolano about 3 years after everyone else. I'm sure you all want to read yet another opinion on this, so here we go.
Part 1 - hilarious
Part 2 - boring
Part 3 - exciting
Part 4 - The reason this books gets labelled a masterpiece, in my opinion. I haven't finished this section yet, but it's making me feel ill, and enthralled at the same time. The way he keeps piling up the bodies without easing for a second, and the way it's making me doubt my own sensibilities (IE I keep wanting the bits that don't involve gruesome descriptions of corpses to fly by so I can read more nastiness) is really something.
Part 5 - Haven't got this far yet, but I find the name Benno Von Archimboldi a pleasure to read so I'm looking forward to this part. Apparently it's Bolano Does Sebold. We'll see.
You read the savage detectives?
I love the way he finds every single possible way to write 'around' a particular subject without actually going for it directly. The idea of the Savage Detectives having about 150 different people talking about the important characters without then ever really hitting the foreground is fantastic. 2666 is doing something similar. The Part About the Crimes in particular I'm enjoying because it's so repetitive, yet not, and there's so much going on, without there ever being too much going on.
Not sure that makes sense. I had a similar experience reading that George Perec Life: Users Manual book.
I'd wanted to read it for ages. It was pretty good and the subject matter is fascinating.
I learned alot about that relatively unknown war of the 20th century, the real start of World War 2
Excellent, don't know what took me so long to read it
by Thomas Mann which I thought was exceptional. Read the Woods translation which I've been told is easier on the reader. Required a good deal of patiences to get through but was certainly worth it. Pop literature it is not.
Picked up a 'Clockwork Orange' from a charity shop the other day. Looking forward to a little bit of literary ultraviolence
after a recommendation from someone here. An interesting insight into the history, propaganda and politics of North Korea.
Just started this: The World That Never Was: A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists and Secret Agents - 20 pages in, I sense its going to be a struggle. I'm already referring to the glossary of characters, and having a mare trying to get my head around 19th century politics
don't want it to end, i think i could read about these chaps everyday
Got A Wolves among Wolves lined up next, taking another big boy on
Loot and Entertaining Mr. Sloane
'Sexual Textual Politics by Toril Moi, which is an overview of feminist criticism. I think I'm a bit sexist; I've never really thought about any of this stuff :-(
The Strange Non-Death of Neoliberalism by Colin Crouch at the moment. It's not exactly a barrel of laughs but it is enlightening. Once I've done that I'll finally make a start on Frances Stonor Saunders' Who Paid the Piper - I've been meaning to read it for yonks.
Reading Owen Jones' Chavs. Angry socialism ftw.
by Norman Davies. It's a history of some of the generally less known states, kingdoms and empires of Europe.
I'd like to know how it is before I commit. At 850 pages it seems a massive undertaking
Was a very enjoyable read, but hinted at greater depths than it actually had. Still worth reading though.
Just started The Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carre. Never quite sure about his stuff, his writing style can be quite dreary so it's easy to drift off. I think his snappier, more plot-driven stuff (like The Spy Who Came In From The Cold) is superior. This book is the size of a brick, should maybe have saved it as a holiday read.
as being a bit more action-packed/quick-paced than the other two in the trilogy, pretty enjoyable. Although it was years ago that i read it.
Think it's just a psychological thing of 'bloody hell this book weighs a tonne I'm going to be reading it for the next year at least'.
won some prize or other. Sounded alright, but I think i'm justifiably wary of reading prize winners.
it was alright
he almost got the guy killed though. Twice. I'm a better detective than that.
maybe I'll read that Bob Dylan Chronicles thing
Read another Sherlock Holmes. The short stories and Hound of the Baskervilles are the best.
just to get you off my case
I get it!
it's a self-help type book thing to help you have a better... brain.
About 1/3 way through. It's hella great.
it will probably get better by the time you reach the end and things make more sense. I remember really struggling with it for about the first third
The sailor who fell from grace with the sea. Bloody enjoying it too. Although I haven't been able to read much because I have such a massive amount of stuff I'm reading for my course. I know you didn't ask but here is a list of books I'm skimming my way through for work.
New China New Art
History of Japanese Photography
New Photography and Video from Chian
The Everyday Life Reader
ChineseArt at the Crossroads
Performance Art in China
The Concerned Photographer
And, I really enjoy these, magazines like the BJP, Aperture, History of Photography etc
Never has a book fell apart so spectacularly in its final chapters. Other than that been reading a lot of non-fiction and falling in love with the library system again.
Anyone above pretending they have more than 1 book on the go : Get Fucked.
I have a Martin Amis book in my bathroom because it takes almost exactly the length to read one of his newpaper articles as it takes to evacuate my bowels.