Be Excellent To Each Other

And, you know, party on. Dude.
It is currently Thu Dec 14, 2017 20:02

All times are UTC [ DST ]




Reply to topic  [ 996 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 30, 31, 32, 33, 34
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 13:48 
User avatar

Joined: 12th Apr, 2008
Posts: 12552
Location: Oxford
Booker Binge 2017: Elmet by Fiona Mozley

In the twilight world of Britain's underclass, where prize fights are a fun day out, day labouring borders on slavery, and brute force settles most things, a father and two children eke out an existence.

I enjoyed this one. The story was very easy to follow and surprisingly captivating. The descriptions of life at the bottom of society vivid and convincing. I'm not sure what the monologues starting each chapter that take place after the events of the book add to my understanding of the narrator, but those bits could easily be skipped. The ending might feel a bit contrived but it was, to me, perfectly reasonable given everything that led up to it.

Just got '4321' by Paul Auster left to go!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 18:39 
User avatar

Joined: 12th Apr, 2008
Posts: 12552
Location: Oxford
Kern wrote:
Just got '4321' by Paul Auster left to go!


Only 15% through but I'm really struggling to enjoy this, and it's a lengthy one. Having four alternative timelines in the book ('Sliding Doors' only manages two) and skipping between them is an interesting concept but I'm struggling to remember what's happened in previous chapters in each timeline. The author also writes in really, really, really long sentences which become difficult to follow after the seventeenth subclause. I'm also not particuarly interested so far in any this particular post-war American kid's lives , and the inclusion of key books, movies, TV shows, and records from the period just feels like the author showing off his Wikipedia skills. But on I plod, in case he ends up on a grassy knoll or something.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:27 
User avatar

Joined: 12th Apr, 2008
Posts: 12552
Location: Oxford
Kern wrote:
Booker Binge 2017: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

In which the spirit world's versions of Statler and Waldorf meet the freshly deceased Willie Lincoln and a grieving Abe.


This one won. I still think 'Autumn' was the book that grabbed and moved me most this year, but much of my response was based on reflections in the text of my own particular feelings in summer and autumn 2016 so I don't think it will be as emotionally powerful in a few years' time as 'Bardo' will be.

Read about a fifth of '4321' but have put it aside for now as I wasn't really enjoying it and finding it tiresome.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 16:34 
User avatar

Joined: 12th Apr, 2008
Posts: 12552
Location: Oxford
Went to the local bookshop and bought a nice paper bag.


You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:55 
User avatar

Joined: 27th Mar, 2008
Posts: 18867
The owner and coder of Ravelry was recommending this book to anyone who writes codes for use by people: Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0393634639/ ... eAbKX57F4K

It looked interesting so I thought I’d pop the link in here in case it interested anyone.

_________________
ImageImage


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 13:19 
User avatar
Lupine member

Joined: 27th Mar, 2008
Posts: 49198
Location: Nottingham
Mimi wrote:
The owner and coder of Ravelry was recommending this book to anyone who writes codes for use by people: Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0393634639/ ... eAbKX57F4K

It looked interesting so I thought I’d pop the link in here in case it interested anyone.

Cheers!


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Reply to topic  [ 996 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 30, 31, 32, 33, 34

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Pod People and 0 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search within this thread:
You are using the 'Ted' forum. Bill doesn't really exist any more. Bogus!
Want to help out with the hosting / advertising costs? That's very nice of you.
Are you on a mobile phone? Try http://beex.co.uk/m/
RIP, Owen.

Powered by a very Grim... version of phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group.