October 6, 2003

Books of my Recent Past

There are millions of books out there and, frankly, there are millions of you as well, so I don't really expect long discussions on books we all have in common - I'm not sure how many of those there would be. But sometimes I feel obligated to mention some of the things I read (those things, by the way, are located over there on the right >>).

Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje. I wasn't impressed. There was no story there. Instead, he showed snapshots of a war-torn Sri Lanka. And while that was interesting, it didn't produce a moving novel.

Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk. A tremendously unconventional, trippy, freaky novel chock full of social satire and a healthy disdain for our consumer culture. I hadn't read a Palahniuk novel since Fight Club first appeared (the book, not the movie) but I'm glad I did. I don't think reading Palahniuk is ever particularly enjoyable but the end result was nothing less than fantastic.

A Thing (Or Two) About Curtis and Camilla by Nick Fowler. Again, this was a real dissappoint to me. It had such potential. Mix the humor of Nick Hornby and the playfulness of Dave Eggers and you have what would appear to be a great writer. Sadly, the story didn't live up to the talent of the author.

So, there you have it. My opinions, nothing more. Please feel free to argue with me anytime.

Posted by Chris at October 6, 2003 11:38 AM