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book update

Here's what I've been reading/listening to:

The Doomsday Book

This was a reasonably fun read. It was really two books: what's going on with the kid in the middle ages, and an "Outbreak" style epidemic plot in the current time. I could really have done without the latter. I didn't count but I think it's more than half the book. It made me tense. Now, reading about events unfolding in the 14th century, that's fun. Supposedly painstakingly researched, I am not one to judge.

The Minotaur

I haven't read any Barbara Vine in years, but I always love her stuff. Barbara Vine is actually Ruth Rendell, and it's really amazing how the two kinds of mystery writing can be so completely different. I have tried to pick up RR's books a number of times and never failed to be bored or feel loathesome about them. But as Barbara Vine, her books are careful, emotional, personal, and fascinating. I listened to this one on CD and I think it might have suffered some for that. If you like a book that is about mystery but not necessarily murder, pick up anything by Barbara Vine. I recommend starting with Asta's Book or The House of Stairs. They aren't big on action, but mood, setting, and atmosphere are there in spades.

Stranger in a Strange Land

What can I say about this book that hasn't been said already? Probably nothing. So far I like/hate it in equal measure. I can totally see why teenagers ate it up when I was one of them, I just never got around to reading it for some reason. I'm on disc 10 of 13 and I never want to hear the word grok again for as long as I live. But I'll stick it out.

I seem to be in a highly anglophilic state of mind when it comes to reading. Short of Wodehouse, what else should I pick up???



Oct. 25th, 2006 10:17 pm (UTC)
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, if you haven't read it yet.
Oct. 25th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
I totally just finished that, and it is what kicked of my anglophile phase!!! Loved it!!
Oct. 26th, 2006 12:25 am (UTC)
I've been reading that for a couple months now! So far I like it. It's difficult to sit down and read several chapters at once because of the crazy dogs and my habit of getting sleepy when I read, no matter how interesting the book is.
Oct. 26th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC)
I listened to it on CD borrowed from the library, because man - it would have been really tough to read. Plus awesome accent on the reader.
Oct. 26th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC)
It is very tough to read. :) I may have to listen to the cd instead cause I swoon over those British accents.