UPDATE: well I have read a lot of books since my last update and will post about them but I had to post about the book I have just finished. It was fantastic and I am now sleep deprived because I couldn’t stop reading it last night. The book is The Road by Cormac Mc Carthy and it has already received a lot of praise, and I can only add to that. Its set in a post apocalyptic America, and sets a very bleak picture of this. Despite the bleakness of the landscape portrayed, the writing takes you to another place and that’s a journey into the soul of all men. This amazing novel gives a glimpse of not only a future we may face, but also the issues we will face, if we make that future real. I cannot recommend The Road highly enough. Unlike Cormac, I don’t have the words to do this book justice. A must read if ever there was one.
4th-July-09:I started reading The Master Mechanic by I.G.Borat, and although I started it last night I am already about a third through it. Can’t put it down.
I just read Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson which another superbly written book and hard to believe a first effort. I had no idea what it was about before I read it and that’s how I prefer to read or see a movie. Some of the plot was a bit thin in places(as whodunnit) but still got me turning pages and thoroughly enjoyed it.
8-June-09:I was reading The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx which I enjoyed a lot. It was a bit of a slow starter for me but was worth sticking with and is superbly written. I got totally wrapped up in the setting and period, and almost felt like I went on a holiday there. Totally immersed.
I read The Protector by Duncan Falconer which was a great read, and obviously based on some real life experiences of the author, which lent it some authenticity.
Ialso finished The Black Magician trilogy by Trudi Canavan and enjoyed the 2 last books more than the first. They were still predictable in some areas like who main character would fall in love with but still a cracking good read, that I had trouble putting down. The books were The Novice and The High Lord.
I also read Empire State by Henry Porter. This was return for me to my Favorite genre of espionage and was a page turner although not quite a classic like an early Le Carre. I will still seek out his first novel as I do enjoy reading his work.
Another book I read was Marker by Robin Cook which although very insightful about the future of medicine and specifically the effects of the mapping of the Human Genome. I did find it a bit predictable.
I read A God in Ruins by Leon Uris which seems slightly prophetic with what has happened in US politics recently, and was an enjoyable read. A bit like Marker, in that it seemed a little agenda driven(gun control).
UPDATE-23-March-09: I am reading The Magicians Apprentice by Trudi Canavan. It’s the first book in a trilogy. I am enjoying it but I do find its a bit predictable. I also bought the 2nd and 3rd books so am in for the long haul. I got copies that were signed by the author, so thats cool.
UPDATE-20-March-09: I have just finished reading Choke and Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. Really loved Choke even thou the subject matter was V perverted, but compared to whats on the Interweb these days it’s pretty tame. I liked Fight Club but wish I read it before seeing the movie.
I also just read Jumper by Steven Gould which I enjoyed. It did seem like a bit of a concept book and him just taking the idea to its natural conclusion but its a great concept so was still V enjoyable ride.
I am reading the new John Le Carre novel, A most wanted man. I’m liking it a lot more than his last couple of novels, as he is back doing what he does best…spy novels. I just finished tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom. My Favorite Authors are William Gibson, John Le Carre, and Chuck Palahniuk.