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03:24 pm - 10 unread books I own
From languagehat, who I am sure has no idea I exist, a meme.

Frau Kohlehydrat has sent me a meme, or as the Germans call it ein Stöckchen, or as the Austrians including Frau Kohlehydrat call it, ein Steckerl: to list the ten books that are gathering dust on my shelves because I bought them but haven’t read them.

When I was money-poor and time-rich I always had more reading time than access to books. When I started to get sick around 2002-3 I found it harder to read, never really caught up, and these days I have several unread or partly-read books lurking about the place.

The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen
Fingersmith, Sarah Waters
Atonement, Ian McEwan
Forty Signs of Rain, Kim Stanley Robinson
Dhalgren, Samuel Delaney
Soul Mountain, Gao Xingjian (this is a great book, won the Nobel Prize, but it's very slow and poetic, I pick it up from time to time)
Number9dream, David Mitchell (liked all his others, couldn't get into this one)
The cold six thousand, by James Ellroy (sequel to American Tabloid, one of my favourite books, but a bit impenetrable)
Libra, by Don DeLillo
Vellum, by Hal Duncan

ETA which of these do you think I should put to the top of the 'read this' pile?

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Date:September 13th, 2006 02:35 pm (UTC)
Oh god, I couldn't even start with this one. I tidied up the unread books in the kitchen yesterday, and counted 100.
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Date:September 13th, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
I have more than 10, but not quite 100. I tried to pick 10 persistent offenders
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Date:September 13th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
That's just the downstairs unread books too.
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Date:September 13th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
Out of your unread list, I've only read The Corrections, some of which I liked. Perhaps as this meme propagates, people can supply advice on whether or not the owner would enjoy the book, or whether or not they should bother.
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Date:September 13th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
I had over 500 at last count. *bangs head*

So, you know, name five random books and they're probably on my to-read pile. ;)
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Date:September 14th, 2006 08:14 am (UTC)
Good lord, I think you win
Date:September 14th, 2006 04:02 am (UTC)
Oh god, I couldn't even start with this one.

Me too, but not in the way you mean. My unread pile fell to the Great Book Cull when I moved back home. The library owns my unread books these days...at least until I organise myself a trip to Sydney to raid certain places...
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Date:September 13th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
I've only read two of those. The Corrections is a little overwhelming at first, but settles down after a short while and gets better and better as all of the threads tie together.

number9dream is excellent apart from the Goat-writer segment which is towards the end and completely out of place imho. Again, this starts off at high-pace, but once the main story (such that it is) kicks in it becomes an easier read. I prefer Ghostwritten myself, but this is better than Cloud Atlas.
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Date:September 13th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC)
I got a bit stuck about the poitn he wasn't killed by the gangsters, skipped ahead, got to the goatwriter bit, and gave up

I much preferred cloud atlas, but I guess it's a matter of taste
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Date:September 13th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)
It is in no way, shape, or form better than Cloud Atlas, Lal. I mean, it's good, but it's probably Mitchell's weakest novel.
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Date:September 13th, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
I must be in the hundreds. I've found reading very hard these past few years, but the book-buying habit hasn't yet caught up. I might pick up this meme and try to identify some persistent dust gatherers. I don't think I've read any of yours, though Sarah Waters and Samuel Delaney rarely disappoint.
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Date:September 13th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
I think my buying habit expects a level of reading that I can't manage these days with the family and all. I'll try one of these at least.
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Date:September 13th, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC)
Good meme, I will have to do this when I get home.

Here is your reading order:

1) Number9dream, David Mitchell
2) Libra, by Don DeLillo
3) The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen
4) Atonement, Ian McEwan
5) Soul Mountain, Gao Xingjian
6) Vellum, by Hal Duncan
7) Dhalgren, Samuel Delaney
8) Fingersmith, Sarah Waters
9) Forty Signs of Rain, Kim Stanley Robinson
10 The Cold Six Thousand, by James Ellroy
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Date:September 13th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
This is all very efficient. Number9dream just didn't quite get me (yet). Have you read Black swan green?
Date:September 13th, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, what Martin means to write is:

1. Atonement by Ian McEwan
2. Number9Dream by David Mitchell
3. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
4. Vellum by Hal Duncan

You can skip The Corrections unless you're truly intrigued, and I haven't read any of the others.

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