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    Posted: 29 Apr 2013 at 7:52am
Books books books.

I just finished Murakami's Wind Up Bird Chronicle, just started Thomas Frank's The Conquest of Cool.

My top two summertime recommendations are Collected Fictions by Jorge Borges, and Actual Air by David Berman.  If you don't like those, we can't be friends.


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Wind Up Bird Chronicle is my favorite Murakami book. What did you think?

Hope to look into the other books you mentioned, but my reading list is so ridiculously long!
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good list hollows. i like the murakami stuff a lot and have a copy of IQ84 but haven't gotten around to reading that one yet. looked up "collected fictions" and seemed like something i might like. will check it out, thanks for the recommendation.

just finished "how to travel with a salmon" by umberto eco. one of the funniest reads (in a clever way) i've had in a while..

starting on "american psycho" by bret easton ellis now. finding it a little hard to get past the first few pages but hoping the rest of it will suck me in.

also taking time out with magazines like smith journal, cereal and kinfolk magazine. good publications and nice to read about non-clothing related material.
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Wind Up Bird was my first Murakami, so I don't have anything for direct comparison.  I like his style though, he does a great job of making it interesting to read the most mundane of scenes.  Doubly impressive that the effect survives translation.

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im about to start siddhartha
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I'm reading this thread.

IQ84 is amazing, possibly Murakami's best and I've read most of his books and probably all of his fiction.

I've recently finished 'Mr Tibbits's Catholic School' by Ysenda Maxtone Graham about a small Catholic boys prep school in west London, an incredibly funny read.

I've just bought 'The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared' by Jonas Jonasson and I recently received as a present, 'Where Have You Been?' by Joseph O'Connor. I need to decide which one to start next.
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Originally posted by hollows hollows wrote:

Wind Up Bird was my first Murakami, so I don't have anything for direct comparison.  I like his style though, he does a great job of making it interesting to read the most mundane of scenes.  Doubly impressive that the effect survives translation.



Perhaps part of the reason his style survives translation (other than the fact that Jay Rubin is a master!) is that Murakami was strongly influenced by an American writer, Raymond Chandler. I find it very interesting to read them alongside one another....
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Anyone interested in wonderful descriptions of 1930's and 40's Los Angeles needs to read Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlow detective novels. The stories and writing style are amazing. 

There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks. Anything can happen. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge.
  • "Red Wind" (short story, 1938), published in Trouble Is My Business (1939)
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^^ +1. And The Long Goodbye is a really good place to start.
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I'll go out on a limb and ask for suggestions. I've asked various other places, and quite simply I do not enjoy reading most books.

I find most fiction to be remarkably slow, and non-fiction to be unbearable.

I can't do fantasy/the vast majority of science fiction.  SUPER PICKY, I know.

It seems like when I like an author they don't publish a book for a few years (Walter Kern, Douglas Coupland) .

I've liked the Chuck Palahniuk I've read (Choke, Fight Club, Survivor, Rant), but haven't been able to keep interest with the majority of his newer works.




Edited by Bob Dale - 29 Apr 2013 at 8:38pm
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