*What book are you reading? (part 2)

Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by editor, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. Dirty Martini

    Dirty Martini gets what he cant want

    Keep the Aspidistra Flying
     
  2. Pie 1

    Pie 1 The fuck did I do?

    Just finished Iain Banks' The Steep Approach to Garbdale.
    A bit of a return to form (not hard after the steaming pile of shite that was Dead Air), an enjoyable enough read, but ultimately still rather weak with a very obvious ending.

    Now about 150 pages into Franzen's The Corrections (at last) and loving every page of it :cool:
     
  3. Gavin Bl

    Gavin Bl terrible awful baaad

    I really need to read this again - I love 'Coming up for Air', even if the end is a bit of a mess, his evocation of childhood and the brooding feeling of the soon to come World War is fantastic.
     
  4. Eva Luna

    Eva Luna Well-Known Member

    I'm reading this book called 'Laurel Canyon' which I am *really* enjoying. Its about the canyon :rolleyes: :D from about the early 60s onwards, taking in Crosby Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and all those players who lived there; the parties, the touring, the changes on the strip, the groupies, Frank Zappa and his lot, cocaine coming etc etc. I've read a few music bios like this, but this one is really standing out for me for a few reasons. Def recommend it. I also saw a recommendation in it for a book about the link between counterculture, music and drug taking, called 'Waiting for the Man' I think, which is now on its way to me. Nice. :)
     
  5. xes

    xes F.O.A.D

    I'm about to start reading the Ancient secret of the flower of life.

    It looks quite bonkers in a "geometric shapes spinning round inside your soul" kind of a way. So I think I'll enjoy it :D

    Anyone else read them?
     
  6. Grego Morales

    Grego Morales New Member

    London Fields by poor old misunderstood Martin Amis. I think the problem with Amis is that he's actually too talented for his own good, tending to stray towards postmodern flourishes that start to grate after the first few chapters. Hopefully I'll finish it without wanting to throw it across the room...because he can be a funny fucker when he wants to be.
     
  7. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    so how where his anti islamic witterings misunderstood then?
     
  8. QueenOfGoths

    QueenOfGoths Fuck you Dave!

    "Ilium" is still on going and i must be enjoying his writing as I have just ordered The Hyperion Omnibus - and Olympos - from Amazon
     
  9. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    no way near as good as illium&olympos. Worth the time though.
     
  10. madamv

    madamv Oi! With the poodle already

    The Great and Secret Show - Clive Barker.

    A mate has passed me all her old books as she is leaving the country for a couple of years. I have pulled out a few there which look like a good read...

    Bloodtide - Melvin Burgess
    Urban Dreams-Rural Realities - Daniel Butler
    The Flood & Dead Souls - Ian Rankin
    Our Lady of the Forest - David Gutterson.

    A few to be getting on with.... :D
     
  11. Dirty Martini

    Dirty Martini gets what he cant want

    Aspidistra was ok -- he's never boring, Orwell -- but this was a bit stiff and unconvincing and repetitive. It's Orwell trying to get something out of his system. Coming Up For Air is a much better novel imo -- tenderer, funnier, better-written.

    --

    Started and finished The Rock Pool by Cyril Connolly. I was surprised at how good it was. Young English snob with literary pretensions spends the summer in the South of France getting on the nerves of an assorted bunch of painters, composers, spongers and Corsicans. The first time I've ever read a book by a bloke called Cyril.

    Now re-reading Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh. Still funny.
     
  12. Grego Morales

    Grego Morales New Member

    Never said they were. But there's more to the man than that rather messy episode.
     
  13. foamy

    foamy Sheinhardt Wig Company

    I read 'Notes on an exhibition' by Patrick Gale and was utterly disappointed
    then i read 'Blind faith' the latest Ben Elton which was just the same as every other book he's written :rolleyes::D

    Now I'm reading 'Engleby' by Sebastian Faulks and I'm really enjoying it. The only other book of his I have read is Charlotte Grey but off the back of this I may get hos others off the book shelf and finally get round to reading them too.
     
  14. sojourner

    sojourner Where's me readers?

    Started 'The Boy with No Shoes' by William Horwood. Got bored rapidly. So started on a Victoria Wood biog by Neil Brandwood
     
  15. Fictionist

    Fictionist Serving Eargasms....

    The problem is that the effects of that messy episode may linger for along time. It would be good to see him recapture the form of the earlier novels, where there is a marriage of form, substance and style.
     
  16. Fictionist

    Fictionist Serving Eargasms....

    And I have managed to find something to read: 'The Ornament of the World' by Maria Rosa Menocal.
     
  17. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime


    apple, tree etc.
     
  18. Fictionist

    Fictionist Serving Eargasms....

    Perhaps.

    Maybe he should just concentrate on writing a half decent novel?
     
  19. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    I liked ground beneath her feet, and SV is at turns frustrating and great.


    As for the writing a half decent novel thing, thats advice to us all:(
     
  20. quimcunx

    quimcunx protestant traybake

    I gave up on Banks after Whit and Song of Stone. If you think they were good I'll not bother, but if you think they were bad maybe I'll have a look a that one.
     
  21. Fictionist

    Fictionist Serving Eargasms....

    DC - I think that you are confusing Rushdie and Amis?

    How are you getting on with 'The Satanic Verses'?
     
  22. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    So I am:oops:


    Rusdie keeps sideswiping me with plotting just when I get annoyed by his prose. I recall this similar sense of exasperation and admiration from reading ahrundati roy's 'God Of Small Things'. The purpely prose noodlings hide a fearsome skill with reader-manipulation
     
  23. Dirty Martini

    Dirty Martini gets what he cant want

    Emilio's Carnival (aka As A Man Grows Older) by Italo Svevo
     
  24. ChrisC

    ChrisC Well-Known Member

    I have fond memories of The Hyperion Omnibus and The Endymion Omnibus summer last year. Good books those. I can still remember them in detail, when that happens I know they left me with a lasting impression. Enjoy!
     
  25. ChrisC

    ChrisC Well-Known Member


    So how are you getting on? Enjoying it?
     
  26. Fictionist

    Fictionist Serving Eargasms....

    In SV I found that his prose was the least of his problems, there were far deeper problems relating to structure and his attempt to explore more than one story. There are moments when you might find yourself thinking 'Damn, this is actually very good' (particularly the way he handles material which relates to early Islam)......only to find yourself presented with Rushdie taking the text in an entirely different direction.

    Keep at it though - it is worth reading.

    :)
     
  27. sojourner

    sojourner Where's me readers?

    Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates

    Started it last night and it's shaping up to be a blinding read :cool:
     
  28. Dirty Martini

    Dirty Martini gets what he cant want

    Finished this, it was great. Not as great as Zeno, but not much is. Would have made a fine Bunuel film, I reckon.
     
  29. Dirty Martini

    Dirty Martini gets what he cant want

    I only got two-thirds of the way through that for a reason I forget, but I liked it a lot.
     
  30. Fictionist

    Fictionist Serving Eargasms....

    Pierre Menard - Author of the Quixote

    :)
     

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