Monday, October 27, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
I believe it was about this time last year (I can check easily enough) that I wrote a blog about my tendency to start books and never finish reading them. I'm afraid, things have not improved. I have a similar list to post today. Currently on my reading list are:
London Fields by Martin Amis - an audio book so it is very likely that I will finish it.
High-Rise by J G Ballard - I think I've read about 60 pages and the book is only something like 170, so there is still hope. All just a little bit too predictable so far. Why do blurbs have to give so much away?
Spook Country by William Gibson - just started this one.
The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon - The premise for this book is brilliant. Set in a noir-ish alternative reality where Alaska became a safe-haven for Jews fleeing the Nazis during World War Two, a Bogart like figure is our hero. His latests case: a heroin addicted chess champion found murdered in his hotel room. Nothing very out of the ordinary, but as the clues mount, more and more evidence seems to indicate that the dead man may have been the Second Coming.
This is Your Brain on Music by Daniel J. Levitin - a non-fiction book written by a British neuroscientist currently working as a lecturer at a top American university. Having previously worked as a session musician, producer, and sound engineer for artists such as Stevie Wonder and Blue Oyster Cult.
Not entirely sure what the purpose of putting this list on here is. It was just something I remembered I did last year, and it would seem I can't help myself... Finish something!... sounds like a good piece of advice.