Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Last Flight of Poxl West, by Daniel Torday

Title: The Last Flight of Poxl West
Author: Daniel Torday
Borrowed from DC public library (audiobook)
Started: 11/19/2015
Finished: 11/28/2015

This was a fun book, would definitely recommend.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Angels, by Denis Johnson

  • Title:  Angels
  • Author:  Denis Johnson
  • Purchased from Amazon (print)
  • Started:  11/9/2015
  • Finished:  11/22/2015

Another Denis Johnson novel, his first I believe.  While not quite as polished as the other works of his I've read, I still very much enjoyed it.  I had to force myself to slow down, reading it too quickly and not savoring his writing.  In fact about 20 pages in I re-started the book realizing I just wasn't reading this thoroughly enough.

I thought the book lost its way a bit about 3/4s through, but picked back up again when Houston was on death row.  If I had known about Johnson's work when I was in college I think I would have been obsessed (I'm close enough now as it is), the way I was with Henry Miller.  It is fun to find an author whose work you love, that is for sure.

This was my choice for the book club I joined recently, curious to see if anyone else enjoyed it.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Bat, by Jo Nesbo

  • Title:  The Bat
  • Author:  Jo Nesbo
  • Borrowed from DC Public Library (AudioBook)
  • Started:  11/16/2015
  • Finished:  11/19/2015
This one started off strong, but fell apart about a third of the way through (bar fight) and was never the same for me.  Found myself barely paying attention near the end.  

Monday, November 16, 2015

The City & The City, by China Mieville

  • Title:  The City & The City
  • Author:  China Mieville
  • Borrowed from DC Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started:  11/9/2015
  • Finished:  11/14/2015\
Embarrassed to say I let my biases get the better of me and assumed the author was female based on the first name China.  Have to try to limit my assumptions in the future.  Anyway, this was my first book by Mieville and I like it quite a lot.  I knew nothing about his writing going in and had to Google this book when I first started because I was so confused.  I didn't read much, no spoilers, just enough to get a basic understanding of the city/city structure.  Armed with that knowledge, I had no trouble accepting this strange premise at face value and enjoyed the book immensely.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Death of Caesar, by Barry Strauss

Title: The Death of Caesar
Author: Barry Strauss
Borrowed from DC Public Library (ebook)
Started: 10/15/2015
Finished: 11/8/2015

Enjoyed this history of the assassins of Caesar, which provided a different timeline of events than I knew about. A wonderful retelling of an amazing story, highly recommended.

Shogun, by James Clavell

Title: Shogun
Author: James Clavell
Borrowed from DC Public (audiobook)
Started: 10/9/2015
Finished: 11/8/2015

This was a big book. 60 or so hours, right at a month to consume. So a daily average of almost two hours of listening. Well worth it.

Really enjoyed this story, part historical fiction, of 17th century Japan.

Going to go with something a little less epic for the next read...