59859

Just finished reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, a departure from my usual reading material of science fiction and fantasy. The cover had caught my eye a few times so I finally got it last weekend or so. Read a little, but didn't have much time to get into it. That changed this weekend, though (and mostly today) as I sat down and read the whole thing.

I enjoyed it quite a bit, even if a lot of the reviews say it had a wandering plot (it probably did, but that doesn't usually bother me). It also made clear that I need to go back to reading more widely… too much of my reading over the past year or so has been only in the narrow, confining, and repetitive genre of science fiction/fantasy. There's too much other good literature out there that I need to not ignore.

Of course, having finished it, I'm now faced with needing to make a trip somewhere to pick up something new to read. And the long period of time involved in finding something to read. Suggestions from the peanut gallery?

4 thoughts on “59859”

  1. Driving Mr Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein’s Brain (nonfiction) – Michael Paternini

    Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pad – Christopher Moore

    Anything Kurt Vonnegut has ever written, most especially Breakfast of Champions, Cat’s Cradle, and Player Piano.

    Rings of Saturn – W. G. Sebald

    Fast Food Nation (nonfiction) – Eric Schlosser

  2. I have a pretty large mystery collection that you are welcome to borrow from. I also have some biology/anthropology type, which I personally find quite interesting (but may bore you)

  3. I enjoyed these

    a heartbreaking work of staggering genius by dave eggers
    keep the aspidistra flying by george orwell
    the stranger by albert camus
    superbad by ben greenman
    franny and zooey by jd salinger
    dogwalker by arthur bradford
    walden two by bf skinner
    all the kings men by robert penn warren

  4. Forgot to mention, since you liked Kavalier and Clay, you might want to try some other McSweeney’s related people. (Michael Chabon has a piece in the most recent McSweeney’s print version, which you are welcome to borrow) I would start with dave eggers, but neal pollack, ben greenman, arthur bradford, and lydia davis also rock.

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