Saturday, May 28, 2011

Recent Reading and Rants

Big news guys: I've been cheating on my blog! With an old hobby - reading! At least two or three times in the past two weeks of silence I have stayed up late finishing a particularly delicious novel. Ah...

These are some of the things I've been reading. I may have missed a few in this list. As you can see, my bedside reading pile is getting a bit out of control

The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins): dystopia fantasy. Thrilling, unexpected, sensitive. I will definitely be reading the sequels as soon as I can get my hands on them.

Sabriel (Garth Nix): classic fantasy. In a word - brilliant. Scary, but brilliant. If you're going to read one fantasy novel for teenagers, this is it.

Postcards from the Edge (Carrie Fisher): the story of an ex-druggie Hollywood actress, told in fragments. Funny, tragic, absurd and random. I reserved judgment until the last chapter, but the ending pulled the whole thing together beautifully.

News from Thrush Green (Miss Read): old, kitsch, adorable. Restful reading.
The Avenging Saint (Leslie Charteris): old, predictable thriller/teccie. Also restful if you like that kind of thing, which I do. Involves car chases, fights on yachts, rescuing millionaires' daughters from certain death etc..

The Physics of the Impossible, Introducing Stephen Hawking, Newton's Notebooks: I know these last three seem a bit highbrow for my taste, but don't worry. I've only been dipping into them because they're living on my husband's bedside table. So no review of these ones I'm afraid. You'll have to wait till I get a new brain.

You will also observe that there is very little official "literature" on my list. This is because (let's face it) most literature is difficult and/or unpleasant to read. So I don't, unless I have to. [disclaimer: there are many exceptions to this rule. wonderful ones. but they still aren't exactly leisure reading. and who the heck decides what is literature and what isn't anyway.]

Rant Over.

I hope to contribute a little more to the stream of internet *stuff* this week, thus in my own small way contributing to the creation of a species entirely dependent on machines (this is my way of saying "I'll try to post more")

Goodnight to you all.


  1. hmmm. do you think that reading vast amounts of ill-assorted esoterica, interleaving fiction and technical works in a matrix of ultimately brainfused consciousness, for no other reason than curiosity and for no other purpose than recreation, is hereditary? Unlike style?

  2. probably...don't know where else I may have got it!