On Such a Full Sea – Chang-rae Lee

On Such a Full Sea Written by Change-rae Lee Hardcover, 352 pages Published January 7th 2014 by Riverhead ISBN 1594486107 (ISBN13: 9781594486104) Edition language:  English Characters:  Fan, Reg, Liwei, Oliver, Betty, Quig, Glynnis, Trish, Joseph, Loreen, Sewey, Vik, Eli, Landon, Dale, The Nicklemans This is a strange novel expertly written.  It is a dystopian novel taking…

The Bad Girl – Mario Vargas Llosa

The Bad Girl Written by Mario Vargas Llosa, translated by Edith Grossman Paperback, 276 pages Published October 28th 2008 by Picador (first published May 30th 2006) Original title:  Travesuras de la niña mala ISBN 031242776X (ISBN13: 9780312427764) Edition language:  English Characters:  Ricardo Somocurcio, La niña mala, Paúl, Juan Barreto, Los Gravoski I wanted to give…

Pattern Recognition – William Gibson

Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant #1) by William Gibson Hardcover, 356 pages Published February 3rd 2003 by Putnam Adult (first published 2003) ISBN 0399149864 (ISBN13: 9780399149863) Edition language:  English Series:  Blue Ant #1 Characters:  Hubertus Bigend Literary Awards:  Locus Award Nominee for Best Science Fiction Novel (2004), Arthur C. Clarke Award Nominee (2004), British Science Fiction…

The River Swimmer – Jim Harrison

This book contains two novellas – one concerning an aging art professor and the other explores a gifted, young swimmer whose wisdom belies his years. Harrison seems to use his characters as proxies of himself lately and these two novellas are no different – lustful outdoors-men who enjoy their whiskey, wine and food. At first…

No Country for Old Men – Cormac McCarthy

Although the “Aw shucks, this country is going to hell” theme got on my nerves by the end, McCarthy’s prose is amazing: “The raw rock mountains shadowed in the late sun and to the east the shimmering abscissa of the desert plains under a sky where raincurtains hung dark as soot all along the quadrant.”1…

Reamde – Neal Stephenson

 

There must have been SOMETHING for me to finish a 1000+ page book, but this was exposition upon exposition. I cannot think of anything more boring than reading hundreds of pages concerning the economy of a FICTITIOUS MMORPG.
I’m an action nut, so I kept going, but shame on me.

The Flamethrowers – Rachel Kushner

Chapter 3, in its entirety, is a study in beautiful language. I dug the motorcycle parts. I didn’t dig the art parts. I dig her obvious love of language. I didn’t dig her obvious overuse of language. This is another “flawed genius” book. It’s worth the pretense and, let’s be honest, I think it’s impossible…

The Steel Remains – Richard K. Morgan

Richard K. Morgan wrote, possibly, my favorite sci-fi novel, “Altered Carbon.” This is his first fantasy novel. Morgan has ignored many fantasy conventions with “The Steel Remains.” There is a gay protagonist, aliens, and gay sex between the protagonist and the alien. The sex is told with the usual Morgan detail, that is, the sex…

A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan

I’m already conflicted by this book, so I’m taking the lazy way out and merely listing my reactions as I posted them on Goodreads: “This seems too clever for its own good. I kind of hate it so far. I’m sticking with it, but find the encapsulation of a subject’s life in a single paragraph…