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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

This Month in Reading

Books I've bought:

  • History of the Siege of Lisbon – Jose Saramago. May read it, if I get in the mood.
  • Mao II – Don DeLillo. Part way through this. Fantastic.
  • Collapse – Jared Diamond. Of Guns, Germs, and Steel fame.
  • Information Architecture – Peter Morville & Louis Rosenfeld. About designing large web sites. Thought it would be more about general organizing of information, but still looks good.
Books I've read:
  • The Road – Cormac McCarthy. It routed Absurdistan in the of the Morning News's Tournament of Books, so I picked it up before all of this Oprah Book Club business - I swear. It was good, in a sparse and depressing way. McCarthy is the only author I've read that can get away without ever referring to the main characters by name.
  • Spook – Mary Roach. A follow up her fantastic Stiff, in which the author trades in cadavers for ghosts. It has its moments, but in this one the humor, instead of acting as counterpoint to the physical results of death, is mannered. Still good, if only for the ectoplasm jokes.
  • Saturday – Ian McEwan. His post-9/11 book. Solid and short. The plot felt a bit contrived.
  • Open Secrets – Alice Munro. Got most of the way through this. If all the stories weren't about middle-aged women I might have liked it better. But her prose style is a lesson on how exact sparse language can be.
Books in the queue:

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