cv4 wrote:Starting May 1st (when I got home from school), I have read:
I have Neuromancer (and the rest of the Sprawl trilogy, which aren't anywhere near as good) in my pile to maybe read. I was hoping to read the three Bridge books (I haven't read All Tomorrows Parties yet) but I can't seem to find copies of them.
I picked up a second hand copy of The Chysalids today, partly from seeing it on your list, partly from noticing it at the library, mostly from reading coverage of the new XCOM game which has less than nothing to do with it.
cv4 wrote:Guess it puts me on a good pace, but those are all pretty short books (~400 pages or less) books.
I'm planning to read a heap of classic science fiction books. Most of them are 200 pages or less. All the books I've read so far are. But I don't mind, I'll make up for it with lengthy and involved books when I know I can reach my target.
Day 2: Couldn't find the William Gibson books I was after, so more Le Guin. A Wizard of Earthsea
and The Tombs of Atuan
Day 3: The Farthest Shore
. I've got a copy of Tehanu, which I haven't read in a decade or more, on request from a library. Should be able to find The Other Wind at a local library (that one I've never read.)
I would say I had forgotten how wonderful these books are, but truth be told I re-read them last year, too. Now I am re-casting them in a different light. The difference between, say, Harry Potter (thousands upon hundreds of pages of detail about a kid at wizard school) and A Wizard of Earthsea (two chapters of which covers all the schooling) I am thinking about as a showing versus telling difference. A Wizard of Earthsea is so consise. Very often told - traditional sagas and chants come into play. There is such a gulf of difference in style, which in part is a way in which tastes have changes over the years. Maybe people want to be shown
all the details and stuff nowadays, instead of being told
People, that is. Not me.