January 15th, 2011
|09:59 pm - Books this year|
I'm not a very fast reader. I have been reading a few books this year, but I have hardly finished any yet.
A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe is a fictionalised account of a man who lived through the Great Plague of London in 1665. It's based on the experience of his uncle. It's written in a realistic journalistic style, very easy to read. I've got it on the Kindle, and it's the type of text that the Kindle makes freely accessible.
I've also downloaded a lot of different poetry onto the Kindle and I am reading Tennyson's In Memoriam at the moment. Another advantage of the Kindle - you wouldn't carry three or four books of poetry around with you in paper.
I also dowloaded a Norwegian murder mystery 1222 by Anne Holt. This cost a quid, so I thought I'd try it out. I didn't really like the prose style - very plain written - but that might be the translation. The hero is an older woman in a wheelchair - a tough hardboiled detective who was shot in the spine. The story is a bit like a Poirot - a group of travellers stranded in a hotel by a blizzard that derails their train. I probably won't finish it.
On paper I have been reading Stone's Fall by Iain Pears, author of An Instance of the Fingerpost and The Dream of Scipio. It's the story of a Victorian industrialist, told with episodes going backwards in time (like The Night Watch by Sarah Waters) revealing the meaning of what had gone before. Like all of his books it revolves around an idealised woman who is the personification of Wisdom. Compared to his other novels, set earlier in history, I thought this was a bit less exotic. I will finish it.
On audio I have been listening to Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear. This is one of those stories, that I think sometimes indicate a tired imagination, where the protagonist wakes up with no memory and has to make his way. In this case, on a massive spinning space ship which has broken down. It is very reminiscent of a computer game, and I see that Orbit have posted an online video trailer which is just like a video game. That trailer by the way more or less accurately reflects the first sequence of the novel, though afterwards there are some companions. I see what Bear is doing here - working to meet an audience. Probably not for me.
|Date:||January 15th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)|| |
Perhaps I'm showing my age slightly here, but when you said Hull Zero Three
was reminiscent of a computer game, I immediately thought of Snowball
. Haven't read the book yet myself, but probably will at some point as I like spaceship stories of that ilk.
its well written for what it is. i think bear is a good writer. i like this less than most of his stuff. not really aimed at me
I didn't learn Journal Of The Plague Year was fiction until I was well into it and looking up stuff about it online.
I know. It's very convincing. I particularly liked the bit where a bunch of respectable women loot the hat warehouse. He is astonished to see them standing around trying the hats on as if they are in a shop. I can totally believe that happened.