Book Search

bookstack.jpgI've been running low on things to read lately. Most of the science fiction and especially the fantasy stuff looks like completely shallow and unoriginal tripe. And while there are plenty of other things to read besides science fiction and fantasy, I don't really know where to start.

Coetzee has been recommended to me, but for some reason I'm loathe to try him out. I don't really know what I am looking for. I just got back from the library where I wandered aimlessly staring at things until I ended up grabbing a couple of books. I'm not really interested in anything that tells a story of the modern world. It needs some sort of secondary creation evident to it, some sort of twist, or at least something foreign enough to seem so. I've been reading a book of literary criticism on Tolkien lately and often I find it pointing out strengths in his works that I find missing in most other fantasy. Which is why I'm looking for other stuff.

I enjoyed Louis Aragon's The Adventures of Telemachus a few months ago, so I grabbed another book of his; called Paris Peasant. I also checked out a book by the Chinese author Yu Hua titled Chronicle of a Blood Merchant, which apparently takes place under Chairman Mao. Hopefully one or the other will provide me with a good tale, which is all I ever really want from a book.

5 thoughts on “Book Search

  1. I don’t read much sci­ence fic­tion. Generally, I find it bor­ing and too un­re­al­istc for my taste.

    Often, I read bi­ogra­phies, be­cause it is com­fort­ing and fas­ci­nat­ing to me to read about peo­ple from an­oth­er time. I rec­om­mend the book by al­ison weird, about the six wives of hen­ry vi­ii. Or, if you want more fic­tion, Memoirs of a Geisha is re­al­ly pret­ty darn awe­some, if you ask me.

  2. id rec­comend any­thing that hen­ry rollins ever wrote, if you can find it. if you cant, and you are in­ter­est­ed ill let you bor­row mine.

  3. I’ve read some Coetzee and he’s def­i­nite­ly worth read­ing. I’m not quite sure WHAT you’re afraid of (may­be that Meljac was the one who rec­om­mend­ed him – heh heh), but he’s harm­less. ; ) Anyways, you want a rel­a­tive­ly fast nice read from him, try DISGRACE.

    Also, as I al­ways rec­om­mend, the PUSHCART PRIZE ANTHOLOGIES are to­tal­ly worth pick­ing up. You can just trudge around in them ran­dom­ly and read what­ev­er ap­peals to you af­ter the first page or two and quit on what doesn’t. And it has not on­ly po­et­ry and fic­tion but al­so es­says which is a nice change to. This year’s was quite good. Read it. Whore.

  4. You know me adam, a suck­er for his­to­ry books and what not. May I sug­gest The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara and Nothing Like It In The World by Stephen E. Ambrose. I should warn you a bit about the last, Ambrose has been ac­cused of pla­girism, and it sort of seems that way when you read the book, but it is still a great book.

  5. howard zinn’s a people’s his­to­ry of the unit­ed states is a fine read. i’m go­ing to agree with phil that hen­ry rollins tru­ly does write some fan­tas­tic stuff, and if you haven’t al­ready pe­rused all of phillip k. dick’s books,(which i don’t con­sid­er sci­ence-fic­tion) do so.

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