Post by JEFF OF THE RUSHES on Jan 31, 2012 10:10:39 GMT -5
I'm reading 1Q84 right now, Murakami's new novel. It's a honker. I'm busy with work and looking for a new place to live so I'm taking it pretty slowly.
I recently finished: Louse by David Grand (one of my professors in grad school), The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein (nonfiction and Canadian! about neo-conservative economic policies destroying the world, great read) and The Brothers Karamazov and Note from Underground by Dostoevsky, neither of which I had read before.
Post by JEFF OF THE RUSHES on Jan 31, 2012 10:11:41 GMT -5
Oh and I recently read an AMAZING hard science fiction book called Blindsight by Peter Watts. It's the first really hard sci-fi book I've read and now I really want to explore the genre. It was like taking a physics class with a plot.
My Stephen King binge from last Spring has continued into the new year. Since April, I have read:
The Regulators Desperation The Dark Tower I-VII It Salem's Lot Pet Sematary The Eyes of the Dragon The Talisman Black House Misery Cujo Insomnia Under the Dome The Tommyknockers 11/22/63
...and meow I'm reading Christine. I have a tendency to devour any musician, author or filmmaker that I become attached to whole, and this is no different. It's been a lot of fun.
I do that as well. I remember a stretch where I read all of Vonnegut, and one with Murakami, and Hitchcock. But doing it with Stephen King is like watching every John Ford movie, or listening to the entire... Resident's discography.
Out of all the terrifying and vivid images that King has painted with his words the one that has lasted the longest for me is that anytime I see Pepsi or Pizza I think of Arnie's greasy pimples. It is so weird that this has happened and SOFA KING gross as well.
Post by The Horned Grandmother on Jan 31, 2012 12:06:35 GMT -5
That there is exactly why I love the Residents so much. My dad -- before he completely lost his shit -- used to call me 'The Amoeba'. And the Residents, with forty years worth of material and a current level of output so ridiculously high that even I can't keep up with them, is like a neverending meal.
Seriously though, I don't yet have even half of the material they have released since October of last year.
I've been on such a sci-fi/fantasy kick lately, I think kicked off by reading George R.R. I've just blown through: -The Ender saga, which I loved! I've been meaning to read that for what seems like forever, just never had it on hand. -The Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb, which I really like until the end. It wrapped up three books in what felt like two pages, with so many bits and pieces left unresolved. Unfortunate. -The Belgariad by David Eddings. I just finished this last night and am starting the ancillary books now. I enjoyed it, but I think I need to take a break from fantasy after this. I'm starting to notice some of the "fantasy tropes" a little too much and it's taking away from my enjoyment now.
Post by JEFF OF THE RUSHES on Jan 31, 2012 19:27:41 GMT -5
I've never read Robin Hobb, but I remember trying to read Eddings and those old books are so chock full of cliche that I just can't get through them. And there's nothing stylistically to keep you going either. Blah.
The Ender books were just okay after Ender's Game, but I haven't read Ender's Shadow and that series.
Dubliners is the beginning and the end of the short story form. It makes every other short story ever written look drab in comparison. Every single word is imbued with meaning. "The Dead" is one of the best standalone pieces of literature ever, and my favorite story of all time.
And it took ten years to find a publisher for it.
Joyce is probably my favorite author of all time. I worship his style. "The Dead" was one of my least favorite when I read it but it's growing on me. It really speaks as a testiment to my growth in maturity as a reader. When I first read it, my favorite stories were always the ones involving children but now it's different.
My favorites currently:
- A Painful Case (always & forever) - The Boarding House - Grace (new) - The Dead (new) - A Little Cloud (new) - The Sisters (always & forever) - Araby (always & forever)