Golly, gosh, that brings back some memories.Halfway through Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation
Big Murakami fan here. Loved Wind Up Bird, so many layers to it and I was hooked reading it. Will have to read it againThe Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
Amazing book, loved it.
It's like entering into a weird dream, and all you can do is just go with it & experience the strangeness.
Well I gave up on Infinite Jest, I'll probably go back to it at some point but I just got stuck and wasn't reading anything so thought I'd move on.I've tried a couple of times to get through this, but 100 pages was about my limit, and didn't finish it either time. Just don't get the appeal, and can't understand the acclaim for it.
Enjoyed Island of Dr Moreau and Sapiens. Steinbeck is a favourite. Been in a rut myself trying to read The Age of Survellience Capitalism but got out of it with the top shelf Man's Search for Meaning by Frankl. Would recommend to absolutely anyone.Well I gave up on Infinite Jest, I'll probably go back to it at some point but I just got stuck and wasn't reading anything so thought I'd move on.
Bought a bunch of shorter classics a few weeks ago to get back into the habit of reading. I just finished Dostoevsky's "Notes From Underground" which I really enjoyed. I listened to a couple of podcasts discussing this book and read up on some of the themes and think I'll have to go back and re-read to get a better appreciation. I really liked it though and want to read some more of his work, I think The Brothers Karamazov will be next on my list of his .
Current about 2/3s of the way through John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" - had to study this in high school but cheated and watched the movie (hey I worked in a video store at the time - remember those?!) Can't remember anything of it though and the book has been a rich experience, will hopefully finish this off tomorrow.
Some others sitting on my bedside table are Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, Island of Dr Moreau and Men Like God's by HG Wells, The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, Will To Power by Nietzsche, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and The Day of The Locust by Nathanael West.
I read Dr Moreau years ago but will be a good one to read again.Enjoyed Island of Dr Moreau and Sapiens. Steinbeck is a favourite. Been in a rut myself trying to read The Age of Survellience Capitalism but got out of it with the top shelf Man's Search for Meaning by Frankl. Would recommend to absolutely anyone.
Exactly! My pet peeve of modern fiction is the bloat. Could trim 50+ pages off every book. I'd have thought novella's would be the most popular format given most people are time poor.I read Dr Moreau years ago but will be a good one to read again.
Finished Of Mice and Men and really enjoyed it, a classic book with some strong themes particularly around friendship, loneliness, utility/worth, bigotry and wrapped up in just over 100 pages. If this were written nowadays you'd think it would be dragged out to at least 250-300 pages; it was great just to read a succinct story that kept the plot moving and was extremely heartfelt.
Currently reading Day of the Locust about 20 pages left and it's been a bit of a weird one. Will be interesting to see how it ends.
Have added the Frankl book to my To Read list on Goodreads.
Just started The Boys' Club by Mick Warner.
Finished the Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb. She is an excellent writer and I loved a lot of this story but the end was a massive let down.
My main gripe was that at the end - after the glacial pace of the quest and the continual building up and stepping down of Fitz - we finally learn what The Elderlings are and they are awakened... but then all the cool stuff that comes after is covered off in a couple of chapters. Literally the best bit of the whole goddamn trilogy is almost a footnote.The
Fitz and the Fool is a very long story and I'm not sure it always maintains the momentum that it starts with but I loved the characters and I'm glad we kept getting updates on them right up until the most recent Assassin's Fate. Definitely one of the better fantasy series overall.
Adrian McKinty's Sean Duffy books are right up there in terms of crime novels. I didn't mind The Dry, however 'The Lost Man' is clearly Harper's best workThe Dry by Jane Harper
Have enjoyed getting back into murder mystery. I went through the Harlan Coben books years ago.
Any other recommendations?
just finished the first Sean Duffy book after seeing this recommendation....loved itAdrian McKinty's Sean Duffy books are right up there in terms of crime novels.