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    Finished Trainspotting last week. It was great! Hilarious, and yet meaningful. Looking forward to reading more of Welsh's books.


    Now reading Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth. The language is a bit....simple? There's no frills to the writing, and is rather unchallenging, but I'm starting to get into it. One other complaint is the use of the term "hot body". Sorry, but historical fiction should not contain that term!

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    i am reading tonight
    1. Greatcoats (2nd book) [The first one was quite good, not awesome, but good.
    2. Autumn Republic. Good book and good trilogy. Hotels in manali

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    Kafka On The Shore

    It is excellent.
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    Playlist For The Dead by Michelle Falkoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-6005 View Post
    Kafka On The Shore

    It is excellent.
    Murakami is fabulous!

    I loved Kafka on the Shore. Such wonderful ideas.

    I wasn't too impressed with Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alison View Post
    Murakami is fabulous!

    I loved Kafka on the Shore. Such wonderful ideas.

    I wasn't too impressed with Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki though
    I very much want to read IQ84, but haven't felt like I had enough time to take the plunge until recently. I have 5 books arriving in the mail otherwise I'd take the plunge now.

    I do love Kafka on the Shore though, it's quite excellent - properly done magical realism really feels like something else as a reading experience. I think of The Tiger's Wife the same way.

    Either way it's a nice change from my biography of Joseph Conrad, which was dry but interesting, and the second book of the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson, which is both fantasy and crap. I read the whole thing, so I suppose any criticism should feel grudging by virtue of that, but he is an awful writer.

    Finally I've been making my way through Sam Riviere's 81 Austerities. I am not much for poetry in the main, but there are some very clever and engaging short poems in the book. There are others that I find typically post-modern and soporific.
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    I'm enjoying book 2 of the Stormlight Archive. Sanderson once answered an e-mail I wrote to him, so I'll die believing he's a great writer, even if his next book is largely copy/pasted from the phone book.

    Otherwise I want to read Les Mis, but I'm going to have to wait for a vacation or something, as I don't want to break it down into the 5-20 min chunks of reading I do these days.

    I listen to a lot more audiobooks, but those don't count. I can do that for a large portion of my working day.
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    All The Bright Places- Jennifer Niven

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    Around two weeks ago I finished The Martian by Andy Weir.

    It's been a long time since I read anything so shite. Such a disappointment seen as it had really good reviews, and the premise was pretty cool (guy gets left on mars).
    But seriously. the protagonist was such an annoying asshole. In the very few instances where any sort of personality shone through, you would have sworn he was a 15 year old boy. He gets stuck on mars for MONTHS, and by the end is still saying shit like "yay, oxegen!" and being left dumbfounded that one of his crew was both hot AND smart? WHUT.

    The rest of his diary entries was extremely boring technical shit, which went on for ages and ages and led to me skipping a few paragraphs just to get it over quicker.

    The other characters in the book - well, they all had the same personality (minus the stupid jokes) and all pretty much blended into one annoying asshole of a person.


    UGH.



    Now, however, I am reading To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. Despite the fact that a few times I have half a clue as to what is going on, I actually enjoy it, because of its writing style.

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