Sunday, December 9, 2012

Reading Now! Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

For some reason, I decided to pick up Gravity's Rainbow again. It's been in the queue for a long time, I don't even remember why I bought it originally. Maybe because I'd heard how important it was or how notoriously difficult it was to read. Nonetheless, once I bought it, I made the commitment to read it. I am now 375 pages into it. It has been such a slog. I thought dhalgren by Samuel R Delany (review with spoilers) was tough to read. Ha ha.

I think I've figured out partially why this is such a hassle to read. I found myself just blindly reading through without even trying to understand what's going on because otherwise I'd get upset and throw it out the window. Now that I'm nearly half done, I think I can point out some of what bothers me so. It's one thing to have a lot of characters. It's another thing to have a lot of characters that seemingly have no relevance or will never appear again. But it's a whole other thing to introduce these characters, have 20 pages of backstory that goes completely off into the ozone and then lose of track of whatever plot thread we're supposed to be on, or for it to suddenly change time and locale without transition. Not to mention it seems our main character (and possibly the entire population) is under the influence of hallucinogens.

I have spent the time and mental effort to plow through the first half, so I will finish it in one go but it's been slow going. I get through about 20 pages a day during the week, so you can do the math. That is assuming that it doesn't literally put me to sleep on the train. I've come close to nodding off more times than I'd like to admit, that should also say something, I'd say.

I would not recommend this book to anyone so far. We will see how I feel by the end. Wish me luck.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Brief Reviews: The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Love in the Time of Cholera (spoilers)

I've been reading and not sharing lately, it's true. I've been spending more time on my beauty-related blog/youtube here and trying to get our new cat to stop harassing our old cat. Excuses, excuses.

So, what have I been reading? New stuff after the long project 10 book. Some easy fun stuff with the last two in the Millenium triology by Stieg Larsson. Burned through The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. Someone also recommende dot me a long time ago, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, was hoping it would be a relief from the lackluster feeling I got after finishing the Millenium series. I'll give my spoiled opinions after the break.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Quick Little Post, First Project 10 Book Completed!

I made a little project to read ten books on my shelf before buying something new. I apparently miscounted and hadn't realized I was at ten books, I already started another book in the queue. So delayed celebrations, hurray!

I did it! First book I will buy once done with Ringworld by Larry Niven (which I started before noticing I'd done ten books) is The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson. And probably The Urth of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe.

That is all. :D

Review: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlen (spoilers)

I made a gushy, sentimental Reading Now! post on this book and I'm still feeling quote emotionally attached.

I received this fortune cookie message many years ago. I scanned it. Occasionally I have moments where I let myself consider it could be true and my eyes water, my heart races. We live in an amazing time with the  blistering pace in technology advancement. But in my heart of hearts, I don't believe I will live on the moon or Mars. Low Earth Orbit, though... :)

 I'm sure I have some spoilers to spill, so let's just go on with it.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Reading Now! The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlen

I'm about 3/5 into The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - not sure if I reached this after the last time I was reading this, maybe around where I had stopped. This one I did not stop due to being irritable or tired with it, I was truly liking it but some life things got in the way and I never finished.

I feel like the book was written (so far at least) with my preferences and feelings in mind. Like Mr. Heinlen could see into the future, cozied up in my brain for a while and came back to write something that would make my heart sing. Seriously, it has been speaking to me. The way it's written, the main character dropping words in the most endearing way, our heroes are mostly perfect but not in a smashing lead hero way but just in ways you love them. I love Manuel and his family, omniscient fabulous AI Mike, The Cause, everything.

I'd been feeling so discontented with what I'd been reading lately (spoilers) so I am thrilled with how happy this book has made me. I don't want it to end. I hope to be back with a glowing and even more gushy week after I return from vacation. ;)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Updates on What I've Been Reading (and not blogging) - possible spoilers!

So I've been a bit lazy about updating on what I'm reading or reviews. I was feeling a bit lackluster on what I'd read and couldn't get the interest in posting about it. Spoilers may be ahead about Iron Sunrise by Charles Stross, Axis and Vortex by Robert Charles Wilson and Moneyball by Michael Lewis.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Reading Now! Axis by Robert Charles Wilson

Before I went on this self-imposed ban on new books, I picked up the two books that came after Spin by Robert Charles Wilson.  So I'm nearly done with Axis, it's a fairly short read.  Not sure what to say, I was hoping it would continue where Spin left off but we've moved ahead a little in time and it's a new cast of characters.

I'm about three quarters through and feeling sort of traumatized, truth be told.  I hope it resolves somewhat, or Vortex (the third in the series) does.  I figure in my queue there has to be something I find satisfying and makes me happy somewhere!