I found love in the time of cholera to be extremely tedious. Couldn't even complete it.
Seems to be standard Murakami fare tbh. Very easy to read but yet strange and somewhat otherworldly.
I'm noticing a recurring trend with his books though, the main protagonists almost always seem to be more or less the same character. (i.e. Character 1 is a single adult male of middle age, living by himself, doing a fairly ordinary job, who despite being perfectly pleasant, intelligent and socially adept has little to no friends or family, and no real ambition to do anything with his life. Character 2, who through some turn of events becomes involved with character 1, is a female in her late teens/early twenties, who has some special talent of some sort. She is usually socially inept and talks in a strange way, and is basically rude and strange. Despite this, character 1 finds her interesting, despite her being a total bitch, and decides to help her in her endeavour somehow.)
I don't mind this especially, as it's always well written, and the tales themselves are fairly different. But this sort of character relationship does seem to be the stock of most of his work.
Character 1 is Murakami himself.
Have recently read the last three books in Alexander McCall-Smith's 44 Scotland Street series and am now reading the latest of the Rebus novels by Ian Rankin. Have been a fan of McCall-Smith for a while, it's easy to relate to the characters he presents in his books and I like the fact the books are set in a city I've lived in. Same goes with the Rebus series as far as the setting is concerned.
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Incidentally for some reason (and I don't know why) I was under the impression that GGM wrote like paulo coelho (whose books I really really like) and hence picked up Love in the time of cholera. I was so wrong
Read Koji Suzuki's Loop, oh good it was all a matrix thingy, wish I hadn't bothered with the first two now *sighs*. Bikes featured heavily though, which is good because of the authors name.
Any Saffies read Deon Meyer, I'm a fan, but how does he read for a native, and how is he perceived in his own country?
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Finished Zealot which was interesting. I don't think is presenting anything new here but I do like the way he connected all the dots and I totally enjoyed his descriptions of the Jewish customs at the time around the Temple. Good read.
Read quickly though Lord of the Flies as well. Not sure what to say about something that is so referenced in popular culture. It is what you expect it to be but the words are delivered powerfully. The symbolism is at times on the nose but it never detracts from the story itself. Very good read.
Still ignoring the books I have on the shelf... and bought Germs, Guns, and Steel by Jared Diamond. It is a study of human societies' evolution in order to theorize why it was the Eurasian and North African peoples throughout history that have largely been the conquerors and enslavers of Native Americans / Africans that forever influenced the world as we know it and not the other way around. There's a lot more to what he's theorizing about than just that, but you get the gist. I'm only about 10% into it but a very interesting read so far, and very tough to put down.
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Reading a bit of non fiction these days. A pretty good book by Nate Silver The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — but Some Don't. It discusses real life applications of statistical modeling and apparently (since I haven't reached that part) does a marvelous job of explaining how to apply bayesian theory to real life problems. Bayesian theory was always something that I struggled with and so far I am really enjoying the book. Anybody else know of other such books that handle the subject of applied statistics and probability?
An excellent book that delves into the development of the world.
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