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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 10:45 pm (UTC)
The Once and Future King by E.B. White

Howard's End by E.M. Forster

Two Cheers for Democracy, also by E.M. Forster

And put Footballer's Wives on your Netflix list.
Oct. 26th, 2006 03:27 am (UTC)
Oct. 26th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
Ooh, ooh, Room With A View! Love Forster.

Also, maybe Iain Banks's Culture novels (though he's a Scot, shh).
Oct. 26th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
Iain Banks is that guy whose name I am always desperately trying to remember when I walk into a bookstore and my mind goes blank of all author names I am interested in. Oh, and I always get him confused with Iain Pears.