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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. 27th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
I frickin' can't stand Heinlein.
Oct. 27th, 2006 02:41 am (UTC)
He makes me SO VERY ANGRY
Oct. 27th, 2006 02:45 am (UTC)
Yes! I read _Stranger_ in my Fiction class at VPI, & I can *sort of* see why it's a classic, but I can't freaking <gritted teeth>S T A N D<\> his writing. And he seems to have this thing for too-young women IIRC. What EVER.

(I do like the concept of a "fair witness" though.)
Oct. 27th, 2006 02:56 am (UTC)
That's the thing - there are plenty of interesting concepts in the book. So many times I've thought, "hrmm! interesting!" but it is almost always immediately followed by "SHUT UP@#&^@*%^&#@".

Oct. 30th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
I loved Heinlein when I was 14 -- now I want to go back in time and beat the shit out of myself.