Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Steven's Update

I've finished three more books from my list since my last update:

Atonement by Ian McEwan - a powerful and multi-faceted novel about love, war, class, guilt, and the literary imagination. Full review.

Neuromancer by William Gibson - an interesting vision of the future (already realized in part) where human and cybernetic intelligence begin to merge. Full review.

them by Joyce Carol Oates - a gritty novel about the lives of the urban poor, set in Detroit from the 1930s to the riots of 1967. Full review.

With nine books down in four months I suppose I'm on pace to finish my list in five years, but there are some 1000+ page monsters still lurking on the list!

5 comments:

M. said...

I had a hard time getting through Neuromancer when I first started reading it because the book felt tired and cliched to me. Then I realized that was because other writers have been ripping it off for the last twenty-plus years, and I enjoyed it a whole lot more after that.

Gibson's other two sprawl books, Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive, are pretty good too, although I think Count Zero is the better of the two.

Goedi said...

Love those books by Gibson. Great mind, engrossing read, what more can you ask for?
btw. he tweets as GreatDismal on twitter

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Moonrat said...

i liked Atonement, and like it more and more as time passes.

hifidel said...

Neuromancer was assigned in one of my graduate classes. I loved it. So ahead of its time.

Shelly