We need more literary threads here at UK420 says I, so here's one. What are you reading at the moment ? Watching The Romantics on BBC2 the other night whetted my appetite, so I'm reading a bit of poetry (but it's online/ebooks, which do my eyes in after a while, so it's only in short bursts). I'm waiting for my mate to remember to bring his copy of Iain M Banks latest, The Algebraist, which I'm REALLY looking forward to. In the meantime I'm going back over my Terry Pratchett books, cos I need to be taken out of myself and I find few authors manage to to that as well as Pratchett. Doing pretty much a book a day at the moment, in chronological order, I'm up to Jingo (one of my least favourite as it goes, but I'm still ripping through it and enjoying it - more resonance now than the first time I read it, what with all the shit that's going on in the world). Gotta say (no need to say how much I respect Pratchett's work, I've said it often enough), Sam Vimes, Carrott and Lord Vetinari are 3 of the greatest comic characters ever, on the one hand comic characatures, but on the other as human as any character you're likely to find, in terms of reflecting what it means to be human. Ah, fuck it, no need to say but I'll say it anyway, Terry Pratchett is a genius (I overuse the word, but I REALLY mean it in this instance), a man who understands story, comedy and the human condition better than I could ever hope to
So what are you reading at the moment, is it any good, and what's the best thing you've read recently (and why) ?
Words are beautiful, language is amazing, so go on, share
Edited to add and don't be shy, I PROMISE not to be condescending about certain authors attempts to rewrite history
This is meant as a nice thread, I promise I'll behave
Edited by Boojum, 23 January 2006 - 02:31 AM.