I'm now reading "The Blind Assassin" by Margaret Atwood. I remember when this came out, like 10 years ago, there was a lot of buzz about it. Figured it was time I read it when I saw it on a critic's "best of the decade" list. So far, I'm really enjoying it.
She is one of my all time favorite authors but I never finished that book. I keep saying I'll go back and start it again. My favorites by her are Cat's Eye and The Robber Bride.
I'd recommend anything by Vonnegut. The latest book of his I read was Slapstick, which I really enjoyed and I am know reading Player Piano. Mother Night and Slaughterhouse 5 are also good books of his that have a little bit of history in them if that interests you. If you like short stories then try Welcome To The Monkeyhouse.
Sooo good! I'm kinda jealous that you're reading it. I've already read it and will never get to read it again for the first time. It's a really weird feeling. Luckily he's got Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter out in March!
I've recently read I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone and Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert. It's a bit young adultish but it's got a lot of rock and roll to it. IWBYJR is the better of the two and probably bought enough goodwill to push me through the couple of parts Suburbia that too young adult for me.
Post by ParanoidAntelope on Jan 27, 2010 23:17:32 GMT -5
i am currently reading Stalingrad by Theodor Plievier...it is (duh) about the battle of Stalingrad in WWII, where german soldiers were under siege in a basically hopeless situation, but Hitler and German high command will not let them surrender. Plievier, a German expat who had fled to Russia, writes from the German soliders point of view...from privates to generals, and shows the sheer madness that took place.
It is a pretty graphic/realistic novel, which reads sort of like historical fiction (as he interviewed many survivors)...its pretty fascinating so far, id recommend it to anyone whos interested in that sort of thing (or not!)
some other stuff ive read recently:
A peoples history of the U.S. (Zinn)- an admittedly lefty account of our history, with special focus on minority/poor/disenfranchised points of view...probably will drive you nuts if you lean to the right, but Zinn has collected a ton of historical documents/info to back his assertions
I am a Strange Loop (hofstader)- disclaimer here...i really liked the first 75ish % of this book...i didnt particularly like the authors conclusion (maybe you will?)...still an interesting read--he attempts to explain what human beings mean when we say the word "I" referring to ourselves...a sort of metaphysical/philosophical book
Stephen Kings Dark Tower Series: echoing a poster from the beginning of this thread...if you like book series...especially with a sci-fi tilt (LOTR...harry potter even)...this is an awesome series, Kings magnum opus. i highly (highly) recommend
now to get to work on some of your recommendations...
I'm currently in the process of reading, The Boy Detective Fails, its great so far, and has great detail while still moving along and not dwelling on things. Its by Joe Memo, who also did Hairstyles of the Damned, not sure if anyone has heard of that one, but it is also a great pick up!
Also, hrothgar121, I love the Dark Tower series!!! It's so amazingly epic, especially when you branch out to all of his other books that allude to the series, great suggestion!
I dig her stuff too. I have The Blind Assassin but havent read it yet. I'd also recommend Oryx and Crake if you want something a little more sci fi-esque.
Has anyone read Handmaiden's Tale? Isn't that what she won a National Book Award for?
Yeah I read that one Chico. It is my third favorite of hers so far.
I've been wanting to read Oryx and Crake for years and I own a copy but haven't gotten around to it yet. I own 2 or 3 books by her that I have not yet read. I think I may be hoarding them for later years because she is getting older and I'm scared she will quit publishing and I'll be out of books to read by her. I really want to read Year of Flood but can't decide if I should read Oryx & Crake first. It is supposed to be the prequel, I believe.
^^, dudezer, I read the Michael Chabon one a few months ago. It's a good one, but it took me a while to get through; his writing style is very.. well, I would almost call it "heavy".
I finished The Yiddish Policeman's Union over the break, and it was good, but not necessarily up to the hype I associate with the guy. So I figured I should give the book he wrote with the most acclaim a shot.
Has anyone read any books by Stephen Gregory? I have only read one that my brother-in-law gave me several years ago and it was really freaky....in more than one sense. Twisted. It was called The Blood of Angels. I was just looking at Amazon for some of his other books which made me think to post about him here. I have one called The Cormorant but haven't read it yet. Just wondering if anyone else was familiar with this author. I guess the genre is psychological horror.
Post by purplefuzzystuff on Feb 5, 2010 9:50:38 GMT -5
I gotta admit The Sookie Stackhouse series is also a guilty pleasure of mine. I work in a bookstore and curiosity finally got the best of me.
Right now I am reading "The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear" by Walter Moers. I read this once in college and LOVED it. So I've been reading it again but this time I am reading it aloud, I know that seems weird but Moers has a beautiful sense of language and you definitely get a sense of that when you read it out loud. It's funny and endearing and witty. I have never recommended a book more highly.
I'm also reading the "Walking Dead" series by Robert Kirkman. It's actually a graphic novel and I am not really a fan of graphic novels but someone gave me this one as a gift cause I love zombies and I haven't been able to stop reading them! The story is super intense and really keeps you in it.
I just finished "Serena" by Ron Rash. Ron used to be be my Creative Writing professor throughout college at WCU. He was writing "Serena" my last year out there so I was really excited for it's release, I have severely loved all of his books this one was no different. The first bit is a little slower but the last 150 pages suck you in to the point where you will stay up to an ungodly hour just to finish reading them. I highly suggest you check him out,any of his books he's a phenomenal writer
Post by jade~natasha on Feb 5, 2010 12:12:52 GMT -5
I've recently read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. My friend had to all but beg me to read it b/c I wasn't too keen on reading about children fighting to the death in a man-mad wilderness. I do have to admit though, that after I read it I was really glad I did. It was disturbing but it was also very entertaining. The second book in the trilogy is called Catching Fire, and I've read it already too. I can't wait till the next one comes out!!
I would definitely recommend those books to ANYONE.
Oh and yes, the Sookie Stackhouse books are absolutley delish. I have every single one of them lol! And I'm totally hot for Eric. I think Bill is a little high strung. Eric seems like he would be wayyy more fun.