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  • I definitely enjoyed it. It's not too long and fairly fast paced in the main.

    It's one of those that had been on my Kindle for a while and I hadn't fancied it for some reason but I felt it was better than the blurb.

  • I really enjoyed Sea of Rust

  • Might give Sea of Rust a punt, sounds like the sort of sci-fi I'm into!

  • I'm reading a collection of essays by Paul Auster call the Art of Hunger, which is very good. In particular the essay on Louis Wolfson is fascinating.­son_(writer)

    Louis Wolfson (born 1931 in New York)[1] is an American author who writes in French. Treated for schizophrenia since childhood, he cannot bear hearing or reading his native language. He invented a process which consists of immediately translating every English sentence into a foreign phrase having the same sound and sense. He lived in New York, then in Montreal after his mother's death. Since November 1994 he has lived in Porto Rico where he became a millionaire on 9 April 2003 after winning the jackpot in a lottery game.


  • Just read the autobiographies of Steve Jones and Viv Albertine, and John Robb's Oral History of Punk. Three really good takes on the era, the music, the politics, the characters. If you were to just read one, I'd pick Viv's.

  • Still only read his New York trilogy. This sounds interesting.

  • Art of Hunger is a great collection - I'd forgotten about the Wolfson essay, so I'm going to revisit that. I also love The Red Notebook, especially Why Write.

    On the fiction side, Moon Palace and Oracle Night are both firm favs.

  • For anyone overwhelmed by all the best of lists and trying to work out what to read, (or watch), I've got a little side project going that helps. I started it when I realised I had only seen 2 of the best movies of 2017!

  • Finished reading Amor Towles A Gentleman in Moscow last night. Excellent book; also highly recommend his other book: Rules of Civility

    Will see what I books I get for Christmas...

  • Currently reading Ubik by Philip K Dick. About 60 pages in and starting to warm up to it a bit, it's a bit too sci-fi for me.
    I know he is a sci-fi writer but the stuff of his that I really enjoy, such as A Scanner Darkly or The Man In The High Castle tend to be a little bit more down to earth so to speak. Less psychics and nifty space age gadgets and more relatable or affecting books that happen to have a vaguely sci-fi theme.

  • I hated Ubik until I got to the last few pages, when it suddenly turned into one of the best stories I've ever read. There's a great twist at the end, the details of which I've since forgotten so I can't spoil it for you.

    I find PKD a bit of a difficult read sometimes because he obsesses over irrelevant details like outfits or tech to an irritating extent, but leaves out the wider context of the environment he's created. You can tell that he has this incredible, rich, fully-detailed world built up inside his head, but he doesn't let you access it in the same way that somebody like William Gibson would.

    Maybe I should give Ubik a re-read and see if that ending stands up to the memory impression I have!

  • I've actually come round to it myself today. Had an unexpected day off work due to injury so have almost finished it. I just needed to not expect it to be like the other stuff of his I've read and accept it as a sci-fi adventure I think.
    I think you're right about some of the detail seeming irrelevent, that's partly why I found Ubik hard to get into initially.

    I've not read any William Gibson. What's a good starting point? (I don't know why I'm asking for book reccomendations, there's already so much on my "to read" list. I just can't help myself).

  • Neuromancer is the obvious place to start. Many pioneering concepts that you see all over sci-fi now and actually a great read.

    Second choice would be Virtual Light which is based on bike messengers ...

  • Yeah, +1 for Neuromancer. Some say [citation needed] that Neuromancer was the book that invented the internet, but its cultural impact even outside of that is immense.

  • I bought my girlfriend a book for Christmas, Goodbye Things by Fumio Sasaki. Japanese Minimalist living

    I'm reading it! Love it so far

  • Sounds interesting, will search out a copy.

  • Michaelmas by Algis Budrys did a pretty good guess regarding the internet in 1977. In interesting read in that regard.

    I did like Neuromancer but there was something about it I didn’t click with. Virtual Light felt like a more absorbing book for me.

  • I ended up quite enjoying Ubik in the end. I just needed to stop wishing it was more like other books of his that I'd read and loved.

    I've spent today reading most of Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal. It's absolutely incredible. Any suggestions of other things of his to read?

    Edit: finished Too Loud a Solitude. Would highly reccomend.

  • Not really read any Sci Fi and thought a good introduction would be to try winner's of the Philip K. Dick Award and use this as a starting point

    Rudy Rucker - Software.
    1st winner 1982

  • Philip K Dick himself is a good starting point!

  • I'm on a Neil Gaiman binge at the moment, have just read;

    1. Neverwhere
    2. Smoke and Mirrors
    3. Norse Mythology
    4. Good Omens

    Already have Fragile things lined up next, then was planning American Gods unless anyone recommends something else of his?

  • I am working my way through a stock of charity shop buys some good some ok, nothing terrible so far.

    Any Human Heart - William Boyd - good Christmas reading as the diary format lets you dip in and out really easily. Quite similar to The Diary of a Book Seller which is the reason I picked Any Human Heart out!

    A Voyage For Madmen - Peter Nichols - didn't enjoy as much as I thought I would, as it sometimes jumps back and forward in time which I always find confusing!

    American Sniper - Chris Kyle - My comments mirror the back cover a little bit... honest account of war but I struggled to really empathise with him as he is a true patriot and makes very selfish decisions.

    Have just started Take a Seat - Dominic Gill - which is about a guy who cycled the length of the americas on a tandem picking people up on the way. Not expecting literacy greatness but so far it's a pretty accurate account of cycle touring!

  • The Scarlet far so good!

  • Not these. History and war. Anyone wanna buy all 3 to make it worth the effort of posting?

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  • Made a start on Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille last night. Saucy bugger.

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Books - What are you reading?

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