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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Coming up for me - three familiar authors

I fell out of reading a bit for the past few weeks, barely finishing New Yorkers and never bothering to follow a jump in the newspaper. But I'm feeling it again now and stopped by the library last night. (And I have 2 plane rides to and from NY coming up, so plenty of reading time).

I started last night Anna's recommmendation Love and Other Near-Death Experiences by Mil Millington. Has anyone read his other books? I'm on pg. 3, but am looking forward to getting back to it.

Then, Ghostwritten by David Mitchell. Jason and I posted reviews of his Cloud Atlas. (Anna, did you read another one of Mitchell's too about a little boy?)

Then, The Accidental by Ali Smith, who wrote Hotel World, which I posted about. I liked and disliked Hotel World, liking some of her ideas and her language and then disliking and skimming when it got too experimental toward the end. This one looks interesting and is about a family whose lives are interrupted when a woman arrives at their door and talks her way in to the house, to dinner, and then to stay. Jonathan Safran Foer called it "thrilling."

I'll keep you posted.


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  • yeah, i read "black swan hreen" a while back, then got bogged down in cloud atlas.

    i hope you enjoy the millington book! i hear there's a movie version of "things my girlfriend and I have argued about"

    By Anna, at 1:43 PM  

  • "Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About" is one of the funniest damn books I've ever read. I'd even dare say the later books are slightly less funny, but they work better as novels. "Argued About", every once in a while, feels like strung-together set pieces. His later books are better at being sustained stories, I think. But regardless... I'm a huge fan. Pay attention even to his "throwaway" lines. Wonderful.

    By lillygog, at 4:04 PM  

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