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I finished The Inheritance of Lost last night...it was quite good, very well written, but terrifically sad in that pfblaaaaa, crap sort of way. The way where you don't cry or mist over but, in stead, sort of sigh really loudly and look around where you are a bit, then flip over to see if there's an epilogue or something. Nope, no epilogue. Huh, that was abrupt.

I suppose that's my biggest criticism - the book is chugging along nicely, taking these people (a disjointed and damaged family and group of friends in India and a son, trying to make it in the kitchens of New York City) giving us bits and pieces of their lives, weaving their stories together. Some are touching, some are funny, some are outright sad, but none of them really come to a conclusion. It seems as though the author decided to make Indian civil unrest and Nepali revolt central to the story (and legitimately so) but, in doing that, sacrificed some of the characters back stories, which so large a part of the first two-thirds of the books.

The ending, as I said, was abrupt. I wanted more, to see what happens next, to know more about these people. So that is, of course, a good sign. I'm glad I read it but this will be one that gets passed along, not placed in my bookshelf.

Now, on to Joanne Harris' Chocolat (actually, I flew through the first 70 pages or so last night - so far, very good.)

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Jul. 24th, 2008 09:20 am
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I finished Nabokov's Lolita last night...I guess I'm glad I read it. Nabokov is certainly an amazing writer. But still, I just felt icked out and sad when it ended. Even more depressing was the fact that I felt a pang of sympathy for Humbert by the bitter end. That surprised me more than a little.

Lolita is certainly not light reading and wildly inappropriate for many, I'd think. But if you can handle the well....pederasty and incest themes, it is worth reading for Nabokov's use of language.

I'm pleased that I'm ahead of schedule - this is book three for July. That's a better pace than expected since I have so little time to actually sit down and read. I'm finding myself scheduling it in I'm enjoying this so much. My year of books, with a nod to Ruth Ozeki.

Right before bed, I cracked open my next book. I read the first 40 pages or so and called it a night. So far, very good. Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai, a Christmas present from my boss that I'm finally getting to. This, too, might be one of those books that sweeps you along on a river of language.*

*Above metaphor is why I am not a professional writer
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I'm back on a reading binge, after a long, long absence. I thought it might be cool to note down what I'm reading and what I've finished as I've done it...So here's a quick recap.

June was Gentleman and Players by Joanne Harris...sort of a good mystery set in a British day school for boys. Enjoyable, easy read.

Also in June I read The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova which was a quite good piece of historical fiction about Vlad the Impaler and the whole Dracula mythos...really well written. I've always had a thing for Byzantine and Ottoman history - dunno why. So if you like intelligent vampire books, as opposed to the soft core porn variety, this is for you.

Right after than I banged through a collection of Richard Matheson's short stories, including I Am Legend...haven't seen the film yet. Really really good stuff. I read the collection in a couple of hours.

I just finished Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, one of those books I always meant to read but never got around to. I enjoyed it, had a few laughs but mostly felt really bad for how limited women were in the late 18th, early 19th century. Reminds me of how far we've come, how far we need to go. Austen's writing and wit are really perfect. I understand why people are so obsessed.

I just started Nabokov's Lolita. I read Invitation to a Beheading last summer and...well liked it isn't the right word...found myself entranced is more appropriate. Lolita is quite different and the subject matter is sorta giving me problems, but Nabokov's writing is so beguiling you stay with it.

I'm hoping to average two books a month for a bit, though with vacation coming up I might do better. The new Artemis Fowl just hit the shelves and, god help us, Piers Anthony wrote another book in the Incarnations of Immortality series. the reviews I read were awful, but I feel compelled, having loved that series so much.

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