Recommend me a book.
Here is a list of books which have been suggested that I've already read, so that they aren't suggested twice. This is not an exhaustive list of everything I have read - that would literally take me forever.
Edit: I am now thinking I'm going to make this into a list of everything I read from now on. Makes sense to have a list somewhere.
"The Time Traveller's Wife" - Audrey Nifenegger. Wonderful wonderful book. Captured my heart, couldn't put it down.
Yes, Alexander, I have read the Bible. Not much of a page turner. I'm not into fairy stories :p
17/09/06 "A Million Little Pieces" - James Frey. Good, liked it. Bit frightening, but humbling, and real and heart-warming.
20/09/06 "Citizen Girl" - Nicola Kraus & Emma McLaughlin. Dreadful dreadful book. No structure, barely any plot, no character development, and a very loose moral undertone which makes you feel like there's something wrong with you for not caring. Avoid at all costs. A poor showing after the team's previous effort (The Nanny Diaries), which is actually one of my favourite books.
01/10/06 "Beautiful Creatures" by Clive James. Very descriptive, darkly funny, quite sobering in some ways. Liked it.
06/10/06 "On Green Dolphin Street" by Sebastian Faulks. Set in the late 50's, an already beautiful era, and surrounded with an equally beautiful love story, tragic and touching in all the right places, although the conclusion lacked punch. Recommended.
11/10/06 "The Life Of Pi" by Yann Martel. Wow. I don't think there's anything I can say about this book that hasn't been said by a million other people, but what a fantastic story! It flows over the mind like silk on skin, and is the first book in a long time that has made me yelp in ways beyond just humour. Absolutely wonderful book, can't recommend it highly enough. There is no good reason to not read this book.
18/10/06 "Slick" by Daniel Price. Excellent book. A twisted web of deceit and lust and lies and media manipulation. But far from being sleazy, it's actually quite touching and beautiful. Wonderful characters, a very rich and full story which will make you take a long hard sideways glance at the news.
26/10/06 "The Crow Road" by Iain Banks. Dissapointing, actually. A pleasant enough story, but not particularly engaging, and didn't think it ended well. There was a brief segway into his usual style, but then back to rambling about very little. Not one of his best.
01/11/06 "The Rule Of Four" by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason. Not too bad. The reviews say "The Da Vinci Code for people with brains", but with the intense character development and interpersonal issues raised in it, I'd be more likely to say it was a Da Vinci Code with a heart. And a better plot than the Da Vinci Code.
05/11/06 "Vintage Stuff" by Tom Sharpe. Meh. Not turned off, but not impressed much either. Strong writing style, let down by a weak and contrived plot. A poor effort, he could do much better.
24/11/06 "While I Was Gone" by Sue Miller. Very good. Very rich in texture, it is easy to connect with the central character and her plight, and even though the story is a little banal in places, it is more than made up for by the way she tells the story. Liked it a lot.
07/12/06 "Famine" by Graham Masterson. Very grim, but pretty good. A bit-hair-raising, and you do have to be fairly into the whole Cold War stuff, but it's an interesting look on what would happen if America fell. The sex scenes in it and dingy and completely unsexy, but it's good filler.