Any summer reading planned? Not long until Go Set A Watchman, hooray.
Upcoming 2015 - anything tickle your fancy?
Looking forward to Ta-Nehisi Coates' book, which comes out next week.
Slooowly picking my way through A Conspiracy of Paper. It's written in the first person and I'm finding the protagonist to be an annoying sexist, but it's good enough for workplace lunchtime reading. I want to see how the mystery turns out.
I just finished "The Green Road" by Anne Enright (Ireland's first laureate for fiction). It has shifts in narrative structure and mood and I shifted along with the book as I read it. I liked it. Then loved it. Then liked it. Then started to not like it. Then started to HATE it. Then was almost completely won back by it. Then was won back, finally, and overall liked it by the end.
I just started CounterNarratives by John Keene.
"Introduction to Functional Programming Through Lambda Calculus" by Greg Michaelson. The first two chapters alone have completed transformed my thoughts on what's computable and the nature of both computer and natural languages. If you dabble in the digital arts or churn out code for a living, it's a must-read.
Just finished my required school reading for the summer:
To Kill a Mockingbird
Their Eyes Were Watching God
A History of the World in 6 Glasses
All were great. Starting Ulysses tonight.
I've got a bit left to go in Cheryl Strayed's Wild, and then I'm planning on re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird in anticipation of next week's big release!
After devouring the first book in A Game of Thrones, I am now plodding my way through the second book, A Clash of Kings. The second book is definitely not as fast paced as the first.
The third book in the series, STORM OF SWORDS, is one of the most bitchin' reading experiences you'll ever have.
But then the series falls right of a cliff
"But then the series falls right of a cliff"
Not so much over a cliff as all over the map. Martin seems to really be invested in exploring every single square inch of Westeros, and it can make for some dry patches, especially involving one character who is engaged on what the reader knows is a wild-goose chase. Still, I dug it, and there's a lot to recommend in DANCE WITH DRAGONS.
Fantod, enjoy ULYSSES. Are you reading it cold, or getting any help? I know there are assorted guidebooks to help one keep one's bearings, and I can vouch that they can be useful.
Well I finished the Odyssey in two different formats (a poem adaptation and a play adaptation), so I think I will be okay on the plot. I've also read Portrait, Finnegans Wake, and Dubliners so I'm familiar with Joyce's style. With him, though, it's really less about the plot and much more about how the words make you feel.
I didn't really enjoy either the 4th or 5th Song of Ice and Fire books at all, and found them to go by super slowly. But I know a lot of people strongly disagree with me on that.
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