- The occasional STW book club thread… what ya reading?
What’s Denis Johnson like noteeth? He has a stellar reputation but I’ve never got round to picking one of his up.
Still on The Pale King here by David Foster Wallace. Basically read 75% of it rapidly but have set it down for ages, just need to polish it off. Reads a bit like a failed experiment – not fair to call it that given it’s an unfinished novel, but it’s hard to see how it might’ve turned out differently. It’s like he’s willfully constructed the most boring backdrop possible (a tax office where nothing happens) to show how he can overwhelm it with his kaleidoscopic prose and carry the day.Posted 5 years agoBlackhoundSubscriber
Just bought Train Dreams for my kindle. Just finished the short:
which was excellent. It is about a young woman travelling around America by jumping on freight trains. Well written.
A recent novel I read was Ordinary Wolves by Seth Kantner about ‘progress’ in Alaska. An excellent read.
Next up ‘The Sisters Brothers’ by Patrick DewittPosted 5 years agoMunqe-chickMember
The outcast byt Sadie Jones .. don’t waste your time it’s tosh! Mr MC laughs at me as I have to finish a book (even if it’s rubbish) I guess I hope it gets better.
I just finished book 1 of The Hunger Games .. loved it! MR MC is reading book 2 so I need to wait for it 🙁Posted 5 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
“Train Dreams” sounds like Irma Kurtz,s “Great American bus ride”, a good read for me.
I’m currently riding across Pakistan with Anne Mustoe’s “a bike ride”.Posted 5 years ago
Have the hunger games trilogy to follow, & hopefully that will take me till April, when Justin Kronin’s “The twelve” is out in paperback.beckykirk43Member
Lee Child: One Shot
Bit odd ‘cos I’ve read a lot of his books, but I watched the film (Jack Reacher) which is based on this book before reading it. Whilst the general plot is the same so I know “who dunnit” a lot of the story seems to be progressing in different ways to the film!Posted 5 years agomechmonkeyMember
Just finished The man who mistook his wife for a hat. by Oliver Sacks, a collection of case studies of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders. Great read.
In the middle of Metamorphosis, a collection of short stories by Franz Kafka. So far found Metamorphosis to be a bit meh.. ‘A Report to An Academy’ which is only a few pages I found incredibly good though, reminded me a little of Ishmael.
Next book is Sacred Geometry by Sandra Lundy.Posted 5 years agorighogSubscriber
Not been reading as much recently for some reason, but after hearing David Mitchell on Book club ( BBC world service radio version) I will soon be reading Cloud atlas. Thread also reminded me that I still have a few chapters of Child 44 to finish ( good but a bit grim for me)Posted 5 years agoorganic355Member
I’ve kind of got 5 on the go at the minute:
The art if happiness: HH Dalai LamaPosted 5 years ago
Arm locks for all styles : Ian abernethy
The elephant and the twig, the art of positive thinking: geoff Thompson
Fear: the friend of exceptional people: Geoff Thompson
Dumbell training for strength and fitness: 2 guys with long names.somafunkSubscriber
At the moment i’ve got a couple on the go, both cycling related i’m afraid :
For a quick dive into with an espresso i have “Just Ride by Grant Petersen of Rivendell Bicycle Works” , not really a book to get engrossed into but more of a book to dive into, grab an idea over an espresso and let it fester in your mind for a few hours – A good book, i’d like to meet Grant as he speaks sense.
For a longer, more involving session i am reading Golden Stages Of The Tour De France by Richard Allchin & Adrian Bell , The cover blurb states “Tales from the legendary stages of the worlds greatest bike race”, 19 different accounts of historic stage wins from 1903 to 2002, it’s out of print but you can find 2nd hand copies in some of the online booksellers.Posted 5 years agotheotherjonvSubscriber
I’m reading I, Partridge, based on opinions on here. LOL funny in places, but you do have to ‘get into character’ and read it in his voice to get best effect.
next up is The Secret River, about the deported convicts in Aus and their treatment and oppression of the Aborigines. Heard something about it on R4 and thought it worth a punt.Posted 5 years ago
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