Tuesday, May 09, 2006

the list gets longer and longer

Got some new books again recently, making my reading list longer and longer by the week.

The Sea by John Banville. Winner of the 2005 Booker Prize, narrowly beating Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go. Not too excited reading this but am extremely curious about the author's fantastic prose.

Light by M. John Harrison. Neil Gaiman declared this book as his 'favorite sci fi book in the last decade, maybe more'. Neil Gaiman previously declared Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel as 'the finest english novel of the fantastic in the last seventy years'. While i agree that Jonathan Strange is a great novel, i'm not too convinced that it eclipses lord of the rings and other british fantasy novels. i'm staring to wonder how much gaiman's friends are paying him to make such comments. Anyway, i've scanned through the first few chapters of light, and its nowhere near how gaiman praised it. So far, at least. Suffice it to say, I just finished Harrison's Viriconium and liked it. hope to be able to say the same about Light.

Black Swan Green by David Mitchell. After reading (and loving) the immensely engrossing and captivating Cloud Atlas, i've become a fan of this author. His latest novel is reportedly stripped down compared to the very complex cloud atlas. looking forward to hearing a different voice from this author.

Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie. Had a hard time reading The Satanic Verses but was extremely satisfied when i finished it. hope i dont take too much time reading through this one. plus, im very curious to find out how he writes janjalani and the abu sayaff.

Also downloaded quite a few e-books and transferred them to my pda. sleep and work are starting to suffer. minor sacrifices in the name of good reading, i always say. heh.


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