Wednesday, April 05, 2006

welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends (but stops for a prolonged period of time)

I just haven't the time to post anything the past months. I was too busy at work and I've been reading a lot of stuff (most of them at the same time). Im trying to get a feel of different writing styles. Hell, I said to myself: "if i cant write write write i'll read read read) Here's a list of what I've been devouring as of late:

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. a satirical novel suppossedly aimed at the Russian Government in the 30's. Of course, most the satirical elements passed me by because I have no idea what went on in Russia during that time. Still, i'm finding it overly satisfying mostly because of its magical realism.

Viriconium, by M. John Harrison. A series of novels, novellas, and short stories by the author about a fictional city/world that is different everytime you visit it. Its a delightful concept wherein characters and places within the city are somewhat different every telling of the story. Then again, I haven't seen it yet since i'm only on the first chapter. I got the info from Neil Gaiman's introduction. Cant wait to get to the other parts...

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. A man booker prize finalist a couple of years ago. I have been looking for a copy and finally found an edition i wanted. I've yet to start this one, but from what i read about it, i might jump into it soon.

Survivor and Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk. Wow. I read both books in a span of about two weeks ( a week apiece!), which is a record of sorts for me. They're both suprisingly easy to read but only because of the author's style. The content is heavy as heavy can be (Again, by my standards). Imagine: in Survivor we are introduced to the seemingly lone survivor of a death cult which committed mass suicide. He then becomes a famous celebrity because of that. Its chuck's commentary about the media and its effects to society. In Lullaby, the protagonist is on a quest to rid the world of a culling song which was inadvertedly included in a book of nursery rhymes thus causing the deaths of numerous babies read the rhyme by their mothers. Accompanying him are a real estate agent who sells and re-sells haunted houses and a practicing witch/warlock couple. Wierd cannot even begin to describe these two books. But hey, I loved them.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. The pulitzer Prize winning nover about two jewish cousins who create a comic book character, and achieved astronomical success in the comic book scene, based on their experiences. I tad too melodramatic for my taste, but nevertheless satisfying.

Others on my list, if only i can find copies:

Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon, Dhalgren by Samuel Delaney,

Books im also considering:

Life of Pi, A curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Neil Stephenson's Baroque Trilogy, The Historian, and Salamanca by Dean Francis Alfar


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