I decided to start doing Monday reading posts, in which I'll show my current reads and add occasional chit-chat on topics that my current reads trigger. (Did I tell you I tend to ramble? I tend to ramble. I'm a ramblerer.)
Nothing to Envy, Barbara Demick (2009) - this seems to be one of the better written non-fiction pieces on North Korea. I'm on page 74 and totally sucked in. Demick is a journalist who describes lives of regular North Korean people who later escaped the country. Through that she also introduces the highlights of the history of North Korea.
Deadhouse Gates, Steven Erikson (2000) - this is the second book in The Malazan Book of the Fallen series. I was craving for a big fat fantasy book for colder evenings and decided to continue with these. I actually started The Way of Kings as well, but it's on hold right now. Sadly it seems that Sanderson is not an author for me. His books seem to be too calculated, and lacking something specific that I personally look for in fantasy, the writing feels too clinical. I don't know how to explain it. For example, I don't think Robin Hobb's books are the pinnacle of fantasy lit, but they contain heaps of that Special Something that works well for me. Hell, even though I didn't like Rothfuss's The Name of the Wind, his writing does more for me than Sanderson's, there is a lot of life and spark in his characters. I gave The Final Empire four stars right after reading, but I will lower it to three because it hasn't really stuck with me, and I don't feel the urge to pick up the sequel. Ok, rant over. Here's to hoping I won't become an outcast in book blogging world now :)
The Cider House Rules, John Irving (1985) - talking of adjusting ratings, I think I will have to pump my rating to A Prayer for Owen Meany from four to five - this book has definitely stuck with me. This being my second Irving novel, I found that his writing is very unique and recognisable, there is a lot of quirk and whimsy added to the story, and he makes excellent, detailed character studies.
Kindred, Octavia E. Butler (1979) - I am not sure what I expected this book to be - or if I expected anything at all - but it's definitely something else, and kind of a rough read. Rough in its story, not readability. I'm almost done, so hopefully will finish this one very soon.
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