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Jun. 3rd, 2008

Ugh. I can't decide what to read next. Suggestions?

(I do have three other things going at the moment, but one is a book of essays I don't want to read all at once, and the other two things aren't the sort of thing one lugs around town for commutes.)

Edit: I've chosen. Going to go with another "true story," only this one I know to be mostly true except for the parts where no one knows how what happened really happened.


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Jun. 3rd, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
I have for years recommended you read something by Gene Wolfe for the sheer poetry of the language he uses. "The Book of the New Sun" is a good choice but is haunting in some ways and he did have to provide a glossary in some editions. A far simpler but no less captivating novel is "Soldier of the Mist," the tale of a man who forgets everything when he sleeps and has to write his autobiography every night so he can read it in the morning to figure out who he is.

You have the Bradbury I gave you. Read "Dandelion Wine" followed by "Farewell Summer".

You have Zelazny's "Chronicles of Amber" on your list. It is a collection of nine novellas or novels. You'll strain your back if you carry it around to read. You should be aware that there is a "Chronicles of Amber II" that Zelazny was working on at the time of his death; it was finished by somebody else. It is, again, a collection of short novels and although superior to the first Chronicles really requires that you read the first collection first. Zelazny isn't for everybody, so before committing to the two Chronicles collections I suggest you read the novel "Lord of Light".
Jun. 3rd, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Reading
I have two Wolfe novels, so it's not as though I've been ignoring your recommendations. I'm not going to read anything not already on my shelf right now, though, as I need something for tomorrow's commute.

I have every intention of reading the two Bradbury novels one after the other. However, they strike me as late summer reading, so my intention is to tackle them in late July or August.

Your memory is failing you. I've documented having read Lord of Light both in one of my LJ reviews (from about a year and a half ago) and in the LibraryThing page I use to track books I've read (http://www.librarything.com/catalog/spwebdesign).

Chronicles of Amber is no bigger a tome than Book of the New Sun, Stand on Zanzibar, Perdido Street Station, or Goldbug Variations. I have no objection to the weight, but I think I'm leaning towards a slimmer read right now.
Jun. 4th, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
Canticle for Leibowitz.

It's a sci-fi classic, and not too arduous a read. Post-apocalyptic religion: both laughably odd and thought provoking!
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