Reading Break

I’ve been , so the irony of having spent the past three days in a stressed out insomniac funk wasn’t lost on me. Fortunately I seem to have warded it off by reading “John Scalzi’s”:Wikipedia:John_Scalzi “Fuzzy Nation”:ASIN:0765328542 straight through1 from what should have been bedtime into the wee hours of the morning, so, again, my advice is still to switch off, tune out every now and then and read a good book.

To give you a little boost, here are some of the ones I’ve read lately (I’m adding these to the store now, too):

“Embassytown”:ASIN:0230750761 “Hyperion”:ASIN:0575076372 “Armor”:ASIN:0886773687
★★★★ ★★★★★ ★★★
A fascinating and intricate book that tends to drag on as characters act out complex motivations that you you’re not completely aware until they completely unfold – a staple of “Miéville’s”:Wikipedia:China_Mieville writing that relies on one’s fascination with his fantastic worlds to hang on but which doesn’t always work out for me. The way he handles language (and the way his characters regard language itself in this particular book) is thought-provoking, but somehow I wasn’t as taken by it as by his earlier work. “Hyperion”:ASIN:0575076372 is the first volume in a story arch, but I’ve only read the initial two volumes so far (so my rating also applies to the “sequel”:ASIN:0575076380). My strongest impression from the first volume was that each character’s tale is solid enough to stand out on its own as a novella with individual style and flair – but the two volumes together made for a rich, powerful experience that made for very enjoyable reading, and is highly recommended indeed. I was sidetracked from “REAMDE”:ASIN:1848874480 (which I haven’t finished yet, alas) into “Armor”:ASIN:0886773687 due to a friend’s recommendation that mentioned it as a classic. Which it may well be, although I found that the mid-story detracted significantly from the exploration of the main character’s psyche and the inspiring twist at the end of the book. A good, but not necessarily memorable read, depending on your frame of mind.

1 It’s pretty good (as always with Scalzi’s stuff), grab it if you need entertaining and witty reading to get your mind off things.

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