I read a lot. Possibly too much. I read to such an extent that I plough through books quicker than lovers/TV shows/interesting conversations and have had numerous encounters with lamp posts when I walk along reading. I’ve bemoaned the lack of street lighting as it means I can’t read properly when walking home at night, and I read so much that I find myself accidentally re-reading novels as as I’ve temporarily forgotten the first few chapters.
So I’ve decided to keep a record or everything I read from now on, and maybe even review them (but don’t hold your breath). So here are the books (mainly Sci-Fi) I’ve read these last few weeks.
Palace by Katharine Kerr and Mark Kreighbaum
Your average epic tale of a girl born into destiny and power, who starts life in the ‘Pleasure Sect’ of the city and ends up as the accidental heiress of the world. Throw in some cybernetics and gene splicing and you have a tale of intrigue, erotica, and epic adventuring.
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
A selection of stories based around the moving tattoos on a body.
The Man with The Golden Torc by Simon R Green
Shaman Bond a.k.a Eddie Drood keeps the world safe from the creatures of the night.. till he learns he may be one as well! Simon R Green returns to form with riveting dialogue, breathtaking action and fun loving frolics.Neuromancer by William Gibson
The protagonist is smart, snappy and very, very jaded. Add some sharp dialogue and a cybernetic environment and you have a modern day sci-fi classic on your hands.
Be My Enemy by Christopher Brookmyre
High profile executives and a hard hitting journo go on a team building weekend expecting the worst. Along with the expected enforced jollity, stilted conversations and a little bit of romance comes the essence of the plot of Hostel. Great for the first half, dire for the second, and so like the film in that respect.
Touch Wood: Confessions of an accidental porn director by Anonymous
Bought due to the fact that it was in the Zavvi sale, actually ended up being a fairly entertaining and honest tale of the UK porn industry. Told me more than I ever wanted to know about acts such as Bukake, but also was refreshingly forthright and mocking.
Watchmen (OK this was at Christmas)
Amazing-I can’t wait for the film!
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
So much better than the film, dark, beautiful and haunting.
Remains of the Day by Kazuro Ishiguro
Read this as part of my Booker Prize resolutions and loved it- the awkward butlers foibles are so painfully pronounced, and his artful disinclination to think for himself is painfully enacted.
Watch this space for more!