LordMaji said:Fear & Loathing on the Campaign Trail'72 - Hunter S. Thompson
lilraylewis said:The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers
The Stranger - Albert Camus
Very impressed with both so far.
ivysaur12 said:Just finished:
Amazing book, one of the best I've read in a long time.
QVT said:What genre are you looking at?
Eric P said:oh, i have a ton of stuff on my bookshelf that i've been meaning to read
Tim the Wiz said:Anyway, recently finished Malazan: Memories of Ice (Book 3). Another great Malazan outing; indeed, it would be safe to say that they get better with each installment. Erikson has a gift for setting out stories that contain complex characters and mounds of depth punctuated with great action. I think the only weakness that can be derived from his novels is that typical of any story with a huge ensemble of characters, you sometimes feel yourself bored with a character or two, especially if the previous chapter was quite fast-paced. However, almost all the plot threads pay off in the end, and as usual, the final act leaves you breathless. Erikson also drops hints throughout that fills in the background of many significant people and groups, including the Malazan Empire itself - and/or lives on to further tie into future novels.
Is this the pinnacle of epic fantasy? In terms of scope and vision, I'd say it's incomparable even in contrast to writers like Martin or Donaldson, but I think it can be agreed upon that it's leagues ahead of the likes of Jordan, Eddings or Feist, and while "merely" solid, that's certainly still enjoyable-type fare. Otherwise, I'm halfway through Malazan: House of Chains (Book 4) and you guessed it, I've liked it even more than the last. (yes, I bought the entire series so far, which is quite pricey even in paperback form) Good times.
Written in an episodic, snapshot manner, the novel has 155 chapters, the last 99 being designated as "expendable." The book can be read either in direct sequence from chapter 1 to 56, which, Cortázar writes, the reader can do with a clean conscious, or by hopscotching through the entire set of 155 chapters--except chapter 55--according to a table provided by the author that leaves the reader, finally, in an infinite loop between the last two chapters in the sequence.
Eric P said:it's hard to get through How Much for Just the Planet honestly.
it's the long singing passages
About 50 pages in, and I'm intrigued. I know virtually nothing about the science which is talked about in this book, so I have had to plough through those sections just a little bit, to get to the character-driven conflicts of human egos. I figure, as long as I have the basics of the science and know what the end result means, I'll be fine. Enjoying it, and Asimov continues to climb the charts as one of my favourite authors.