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View Diary: What are you reading? Nov 20, 2013 (43 comments)

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  •  Reading and listening... (6+ / 0-)

    Finished the audiobook version of The City and The City by China Mieville.  Overall I thought it was pretty good although it did get kind of confusing toward the end.  I liked it enough that I'll have to check out other books by the author.

    70% of the way through the Kindle version of Night Film by Marisha Pessl.  I like this one. An investigative journalist is looking into the mysterious suicide of a young woman who is the 24 year old daughter of an infamous, reclusive horror film director.  Although things are being revealed gradually, it's not boring at all.  And now I think the pace is really going to pick up.

    Recently started the audiobook version of Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman.  The author has written 3 books and this is his second.  I've not read the other two, but I plan to.  The story takes place in France during The Black Death in the 1300's.  The prologue states that this has been released by Lucifer. A young orphan girl is taken under the protection of a knight.  She insists they go first to Paris and then onto Avignon. She can see and talk to angels, saints and demons.  My wife read it and though it was pretty good although a bit odd.  So far I think it's pretty good.

    •  I would find it (4+ / 0-)

      very difficult to listen to The City and The City. I had to read over stuff to keep up with it- not a speed reading sort of book. Really fascinating.

      •  I agree. (4+ / 0-)

        The end of the book would have definitely been easier to follow if I had been actually reading it so that I could re-read certain parts.  It's true that one can go back and re-listen to any part of an audiobook, but at some point it becomes a little annoying to do so.  The rest of the book worked fine as an audiobook especially because the reader was excellent.

    •  I read Night Film and would be interested to (4+ / 0-)
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      madmsf, plf515, Limelite, Monsieur Georges

      hear your take when you're done.  Although it might be tough to discuss it here without giving away any spoilers!  Have you read her earlier one- Special Topics in Calamity Physics?

      •  I've not read Calamity Physics. (5+ / 0-)

        I take it you have? Was it good?  When I was looking into Night Film the reviews mentioned her first novel and that it was very good.  Do you agree with that?
         I like Night Film so far and I would be inclined to read her first book.  I'm really curious to see how Night Film is going to end.  Without giving spoilers away, I just finished the part where they were at the antique shop and he discovered what was in his daughter's pocket.  So now they're in the Adirondacks and are just about to sneak onto the property.

        •  I listened to the audio version of (5+ / 0-)

          Calamity Physics, but I might recommend reading it instead.  If you've read reviews, you're probably aware that she wrote it in a pretty unusual style- a lot of it reads kind of like a research paper, complete with citations and page numbers referencing real or imaginary texts.  Elsewhere, the narrator uses extensive and sometimes detailed metaphors to describe the world around her.  I found the metaphors to be mostly entertaining, but if I had the paper version in my hands I probably would have started skimming the citations (an option not available when listening).

          That said, I did like it and would recommend it.  The most I would say without giving anything away is that there is a mystery involved and there are enough clues and ambiguities to make you have to think.  

          It's not for everyone- I could easily see how some might find it annoying and not worth the effort, but it worked for me.    

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