Occasional STW book club thread – what ya readin'?
terry goodgkind – magicians 1st rule
its kind of ok but a bit annoying and trying to hard to shock and the characters are a bit all over the place im having trouble finishing it even tho only got a few pages, my uncle has given me the 14 other books in the series !!Posted 4 years agoflyingmonkeycorpsMember
Actually just finished Blood Meridian not long ago. Jaw droppingly good, one of those books that leaves you feeling drained at the end.
Now reading Weaveworld by Clive Barker. He’s not the greatest writer of prose, and some of the schlocky horror is a little bit cringeworthy, but he does come up with some great ideas, and fleshes them out well.Posted 4 years agowillardMember
Currently reading “The Lure”. It’s about the FBI busting some cyber crims.
Just finished reading “Satellite Infested Heavens”, a collection of sci-fi short stories.
I might actually get round to reading “On the Road” soon. It’s been in my book hopper for a while now.Posted 4 years agophildawsMember
re-read the The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien for the 4th time, still makes no sense but is a really good read. Very surreal.
Wasp Factory by Iain Banks was good, took a while to get into but had a really strong ending.
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, a short book, but a tough read, well worth sticking with, gives you a real feel for the way the Europeans “helped” westernise the African nations…
Hundred Year Old Man looks a good read.. might check that out.Posted 4 years agowattsymtbMember
I read a possible life by Sebastien Faulkes a while ago. Couldn’t stop thinking about the last story for weeks. Absolutely heart wrenching.
It was amazing that they were so differently written.
I’ve found everything by Faulkes to be excellent. Others I’ve read are Birdsong and Engleby.Posted 4 years agoDanny79Member
R W Carter – Spitting Tubes and the Point of Fire
To quote the website “A Spinal Tap makeover of North Shore, Spitting Tubes and the Point of Fire is an illustrated 435 page novel that plays with what being an eager newcomer is really like…”
A mate’s 1st novel only 100 pages in and it’s had me creasing.Posted 4 years agonoteethMember
Just finished: Stoner by John Williams. Not about the Malvern-based shed-obsessive, but a quietly gripping story of one man’s lot in life.
Reading now: The Son by the Philipp Meyer – an ambitious & expansive take on the bloody history of Texas. It doesn’t match Blood Meridian (nothing does…), but very good nonetheless.
Up next: Carson McCullers The heart is a lonely hunter. I’m on a sustained run of Americana.Posted 4 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
Been reading a few Denis Johnson books recently – currently on Already Dead. Very good – although it doesn’t have the wow factor of the shorter stuff I’ve read from him.
Have Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge waiting for me at the post office depot. Looks to be a very timely novel – the high priest of paranoia weighs in just when we’ve learned they really are watching our every move. Didn’t really care for his last one and wasn’t sure he’d write another novel, so interested to see what form he is in.Posted 4 years agomiketuallySubscriber
Just read Douglas Adams’ Last Chance to See and now reading Mark Cowardine’s follow-up.
CaptainFlashheart – Member
Just finished The Long Earth, Pratchett/Baxter. Interesting, funny but a bit rambling.
The Long War’s a very good follow-up. Looking forward to the new Discworld book (Raising Steam) that’s due out soon.Posted 4 years agoyossarianMember
The modern antiquarian by Julian Cope
A quite astonishing book actually. I’ve had it for years and had left it under a pile of other books until I unearthed it a few days ago. I’m not entirely sure about how to describe it but I reckon it’s essential reading for anyone who feels at home in our landscape.Posted 4 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
thepurist – Member
I’m on book 3 of “the many coloured land/saga of the exiles” by Julian May. Don’t really know how/why I got this far – I’m not that into it. Too many thinly drawn characters, holes in the plot line etc etc but I’m not giving up now I’ve got this far. I quite liked those books in a not-really-sure why fashion, read a few of the next series as well. She definitely did something right to get the pages turning – the story’s a bit different I guess.Posted 4 years ago
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