johncoxon: ([Me] Renovation)
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Hello everyone! As most of you will have noticed I stopped posting book updates on here; I've migrated to Goodreads (which is a pretty awesome website). If you want to keep up with me on Goodreads then feel free to do so, I've linked my account to Facebook so it should be easy to find me.

However, I wanted to list the books that I want to read in February (as much for my reference as anything else) so here goes.

Books I'm currently reading

Report on Probability A by Brian Aldiss*
World War Z by Max Brooks
The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton*

Books I want to read

Ack-Ack Macaque by Gareth L. Powell*†
Cyber Circus by Kim Lakin-Smith*
The Noise Within by Ian Whates*
Hothouse by Brian Aldiss*
Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds (possibly)*
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie†
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell‡

* Author appearing at the Space Fiction event being held at the National Space Centre in February.
† Reading for book club.
‡ UK film release on 22nd February.

Date: 2013-01-23 11:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johncoxon.livejournal.com
My PhD supervisor leant it to me, presumably as some sort of test of my character. It's incredibly boring, but I find the fact that it's incredibly boring quite interesting in itself, so I'm still not sure if I'm enjoying it.

Date: 2013-01-23 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] randy-byers.livejournal.com
Perhaps he or she told you (or you've seen elsewhere) that it's indebted to the French nouveau roman (e.g. Robbe-Grillet), which was an avant garde movement trying to reinvent the novel in the '50s. Wikipedia sez: 'Rejecting many of the established features of the novel to date, Robbe-Grillet regarded many earlier novelists as old-fashioned in their focus on plot, action, narrative, ideas, and character. Instead, he put forward a theory of the novel as focused on objects: the ideal nouveau roman would be an individual version and vision of things, subordinating plot and character to the details of the world rather than enlisting the world in their service.'

"Subordinating plot and character to the details of the world" is something that science fiction is actually frequently accused of, but I confess I didn't understand the point of Aldiss' novel the one time I read it. My recollection is that it didn't feel very science fictional.
Edited Date: 2013-01-23 11:48 pm (UTC)

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