Post by Horned Gramma on Dec 20, 2010 15:52:49 GMT -8
Some of you guys know how to read, right? Reading anything good right now? Any favorites?
I just finished devouring every word Jonathan Lethem ever published, starting with 'Chronic City' - which caused me to update for the first time in ten years my Favorite Book status. 'The Fortress of Solitude' is an unbeleivably amazing book. Jonathan Lethem speaks my language more clearly than anyone I've ever read.
Jonathan Carroll is a huge passion as well. His metaphysical love stories are funny and scary and truly mind-expanding. He has a very unique understanding of the concept of death.
Tom Robbins, I'm sure we all love Tom Robbins. Some of his books have aged better than others, but I've never laughed harder at a book in my life than at the final pages of 'Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates'. 'Jitterbug Perfume' and 'Still Life With Woodpecker' formed major parts of my personality.
Daniel Handler, including his books as Lemony Snicket (if you haven't read A Series of Unfortunate Events I can NOT tell you how great they are, the best children's literature I've ever seen and i'm a connoisseur) and the three novels he wrote under his own name. Daniel Handler puts Dave Eggers to shame.
Clive Barker is the most insane, visionary novelist in the world. His villains are as vast and terrifying as the notion of evil itself. He does things on the page that couldn't be achieved in cinema for all the money in the world.
Post by Horned Gramma on Dec 20, 2010 17:33:23 GMT -8
Classic mistake. Clive Barker isn't just a horror writer, he's an incredible storyteller. That guy's got some kind of conduit to a weird place in his head.
Um, let's see... 'The Great and Secret Show' is the first book of an unfinished trilogy; the sequel is 'Everville' and together they are a fucking incredible story. He's so engrossing, too - nobody does sex or monsters or violence or perversion or builds such complex conflict like Clive Barker. 'Imajica' is along the same lines. And his Abarat books - just pick one up and look at it and you'll be completely hooked.
Funny, I started that back in September after a friend gave it to me before I came to the UK. I got sidetracked by readings for class, so I never got around to finishing it. I've really enjoyed what I've read so far: Huxley's prose is fantastic (full disclosure: I've never read Brave New World). Maybe I'll pick it up again here in the next day or two if have the mind to read---just feeling a little burned out at the moment.
I was going to try to tackle The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky over the term break, but that's probably not happening anymore. That book is fucking intimidating.
I'd also like to finish And the Ass Saw the Angel by Nick Cave (he's actually a fantastic writer as well as musician!) and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, both of which I started ages ago and got interrupted by life and never went back to. Maybe get to Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, which I've wanted to read for ages.
The last book I finished was Time's Arrow by Martin Amis for my postmodern lit class. It was all right, if not a bit gimmicky.
I've always been a bit of a sci-fi nerd and thus will forever have a giant nerd boner for the original "Dune" series (not the ones writen by Frank Hebert's son and friend). Hard to find a book in that genre that encompases so many different topics.
Other than Frank Hebert, I love most of the stuff done by Arthur C. Clarke of course. "Songs of a Distant Earth", the Rama books, and naturally the Space Oddysey books were well worth the time I spent reading them.