Saturday, 23 January 2010

5.

Book 5 is the Rum Diary (written in the 1960s, first published in 1998) by Hunter S. Thompson.

The Caribbean, a struggling newspaper and rum. Action, violence and sex. A brilliant tale about journalists taking it easy on the job and drinking too much because there's nothing else to do in Puerto Rico in the 1950s.

I loved it. It was a quick and exciting read which was exactly what I needed on a cold winter day. The only thing that was missing was a bottle of rum to accompany me.

I will definitely be reading more Hunter in the future.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

3 & 4

Book 3 and book 4 were both by Stieg Larsson, the Girl Who Played With Fire (2006) and the Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2007).

The first book in the series was a good read. The other two not so good. I lost interest in the too detailed, yet superficial story with way too many narrators. The second book started well, but the more I got into the story the more I lost the interest to continue reading. It took me forever to read the 3rd book, I would only read a couple of pages at the time and it was not until close to the ending that I got somewhat interested again. And I was actually relieved to be finished with the trilogy. I think it will be a while until I read more crime.

In other book related news, while travelling home yesterday I just had to pop into the Tanum book store at Gardermoen. It's a small and expensive book store but they always seem to have exactly the books I'm looking for. This time I restrained myself and only picked up one; the Flood by J.M.G le Clézio.

I have also restrained myself to only take 4 books with me on my 2 months stay in the Netherlands; the Flood by J.M.G le Clézio, the Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner and finally, the Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline . It will be kind of sad if I actually end up reading all the books while I'm there.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

new books

I am obsessed with Amazon's recommended for you. I check in about twice a month and this was one of those times I just could not help it but press the buy button on a few items.
Thus I ended up with the Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller, the New York triology by Paul Auster, the Missing Person's Guide to Love by Susanna Jones, Notes on a Scandal by Zoë Heller, the Danish Girl by David Ebershoff, the Plague, the Fall, Exile and the Kingdom and Selected Essays by Albert Camus and finally, the Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

My bank account may be bleeding a little bit, but I'm sure the bookshelves will be happy about it.

Friday, 8 January 2010

first post!

I had some time to kill yesterday, so I went to the book store. After some browsing I picked out Cormac McCarthy - the Border Triology, Gert Nygårdshaug - Mengele Zoo and Louis-Ferdinand Céline - Journey to the End of the Night. When I paid for them, the man at the counter told me that I deserved a prize for the books I bought. That totally made my day. Earlier this week I also ended up buying the two remaining books in the Millennium triology by Stieg Larsson.

I failed at reading 50 books last year. But I came close enough, 48. Here's to a new try.

Book 1: A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham (1990)
I loved the beginning of the book. It is beautifully written, but I have always been a sucker for short amazing sentences. I liked the story and while reading it, I was thinking about a few people who should read it. But the ending was really blah and not how I expected it to end. Yet I will recommend it to people.

Book 2: the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (2005)
A lot of people have recommended this book to me. I struggled a little with the beginning as I didn't think it was well written, but it got better after a while. I liked the story, but I have always enjoyed books that are more mystery than crime. I was also surprised that it was nothing that I expected after seeing the trailers to the movies made from the books. And it was one of those books that got so exciting that I just had to finish it, meaning that I stayed up way too late and hardly got any sleep. I immediately bought the two remaining books and have already started on the next one.

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