I never think to create a draft post and write a few sentences about the latest book I’ve read, which is probably what J-Walk does. My last Books I’ve Read Recently post was in June, 2007, yet I read at least one book a week.
- The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (7/10)
This is an epic story that takes place in England in the 1100s, which is fun to read about: knights, earls, tyrants, monks, etc.. It’s a good book, but an easy read. You get to know the characters well, wanting to see how they turn out, wondering who dies and lives. Predictable at times, but the era portrayed is compelling.
- Andromeda Gun by John Boyd (7/10)
A science-fiction western written in 1974 that I enjoyed, where an alien possess a cowboy in the 1800s, trying to mend his unlawful ways. Well written and intelligent, it will make you think about morality. This is one of a thousand paperbacks I have that I’m slowly weeding through.
- Lisey’s Story by Stephen King (4/10)
I couldn’t finish it. Too wordy. It’s about a women grieving over her husband who was an author. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood for it.
- Welcome To The Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut (9/10)
One of the best collection of short stories. A classic. Most have a science-fiction theme, but they’re accessible by all, I think: funny with ideas and images that will stick to you like tar. Read this.
- Saturday by Ian McEwan (8/10)
A day in the life of a man in London, England, whose perspective of life is changed after an encounter with a thug that threatens his family. Lots of think about in this novel, where the protagonist expresses views about modern events and politics. It didn’t bore me, but it didn’t stick with me either; I don’t remember much about it now; however, I did enjoy it.