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Novels

Posted on 2007.09.09 at 10:50
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Current Music: Williams - Seven Years in Tibet

  • Who you are is likely as influenced by the books you've read in your youth, as anything else.

  • I've had memories so vivid, emotional reactions so strong, to events and places which never took place in my own life, rather triggered from books I've read in my past.


I read Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith in the late 80's. I've never seen the movie, I own the soundtrack, and I don't think I've thought about it at all in 20 years. That is, until I saw its sequel, Polar Star at the Half-Price Bookstore yesterday. It all came flooding back. The imagery of the gruesome murders in Moscow, the crimson blood from the horrific acts a stark contrast against the pristine snow...I picked it up. But now I want to re-read the first one. I've never re-read a novel, even an all-time favorite, more than once. I think I'll break that precedence now.

Another I found was Robert Harris' Archangel. He was the author of Fatherland a novel set in modern-day with the historical fiction of Germany winning World War II. I read that a decade ago or so it seems. There's a novel betwix these two, Enigma which I may pick up if I enjoy this one. Both of these (and by extension, all four) novels surround an aging jaded detective who's too good at his job not to follow up leads, no matter how trivial they seem or whether or not sanctioned by or a direct contravention of his orders by his superiors.

I figure it would be good reading until the next Dan Brown novel comes out.

I was really looking for another book by Arturo Perez-Reverte, but didn't find one.

Comments:


galinda822 at 2007-09-09 18:42 (UTC) (Link)

I love books!

Let me guess...you went to the bookstore yesterday?

I've read most of my favorites several times. Rereading Rebecca right now because I happened across the movie the other night.

There's been times, too, when I've bought a book because it sounded good only to realize half way through the 1st chapter that I'd already read it.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-09-09 22:01 (UTC) (Link)

Re: I love books!

Aye. Needed to get some more Goosebumps books for my boy. He picked out four.

Daphne DuMaruier is one of my favorites. One of my goals many years ago was to read everything she ever authored. Unfortunately, she was very prolific, and she lived forever.
galinda822 at 2007-09-09 22:40 (UTC) (Link)

Re: I love books!

Hope you had fun!

I recall you telling me the Daphne DuMaruier story before!
Maybe you could squeeze one in here and there.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-09-09 23:25 (UTC) (Link)

Re: I love books!

I can't remember - did you ever finish The House on the Strand?
galinda822 at 2007-09-10 01:03 (UTC) (Link)

Re: I love books!

As a matter of fact - I did not!

I am now putting down Rebecca and picking up The House on the Strand!

Thanks for reminding me. ;)
snapper521 at 2007-09-09 19:13 (UTC) (Link)

Novels

Hmm... Somehow, I never would have included novels with your implied personality of "no time". *smile*

I notice you seem to like ones which I've been known to read myself. :-P Interesting... I seem to befriend people who also enjoy reading...without knowing I am doing so when I am befriending them! :-P Weird huh?

Anyway -- I hope you enjoy your novels :-) I would be; if I had the time to read! :-P
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-09-09 22:02 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Novels

I got a lot more reading done in airports and on aircraft. When I travelled a lot, I could go through four novels in a trip. I don't fly that much anymore.
snapper521 at 2007-09-09 23:16 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Novels

I meant right now in your every day Mr. H. :-)
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-09-09 23:26 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Novels

Reading is fundamental.
snapper521 at 2007-09-10 18:50 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Novels

Fundamental means??
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-09-09 19:26 (UTC) (Link)
HBO made Fatherland into a movie in 1994. It stars Rutger Hauer and Miranda Richardson. I saw it a couple of years after it originally aired and thought it very good. It was set in the 1960's.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-09-09 22:03 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't know that. Sounds awesome.
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2007-09-09 20:49 (UTC) (Link)
He was the author of Fatherland a novel set in modern-day with the historical fiction of Germany winning World War II.

I've had an argument about the genre of this novel/movie before.

It is set in an alternate timeline where certain aspects of history have changed. That qualifies it as science fiction as far as I'm concerned. It is many other things, of course, but by the definition of the sci-fi genre, it must be included (particularly given how stringent it is about maintaining its own version of present tense reality, actually qualifying it for inclusion in the hard sci-fi subgenre).
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-09-09 22:08 (UTC) (Link)
That makes sense. I try not to get mired into enforcing loose categorizations such as genre, but for this being "speculative fiction" it certainly wears that label well.
irulan_amy at 2007-09-10 18:24 (UTC) (Link)
Grr, I miss Half-Price Books!

I don't think I've read any of those, but they sound interesting.

I just re-read one of my absolute favorites, Mists of Avalon. This post reminds me though that I need to purchase my favorites from childhood.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-09-11 14:06 (UTC) (Link)
photogoot drives a Toyota Avalon.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-09-11 17:49 (UTC) (Link)
celtmanx drives a BMW 330!!!
irulan_amy at 2007-09-11 19:16 (UTC) (Link)
I knew we had a connection.
glodowg
glodowg at 2007-09-10 20:19 (UTC) (Link)

ahhh Books

I never used to re-read anything. I am one of those "I must find out what happens" people, so I speed my way through the book to find out the plot. These days, I go back and reread a month or so later and I am stunned at the details that I missed. I have enjoyed rediscovering some of my favorites. My children are also avid readers - we enjoy comparing notes and it gives me reason to keep all my precious books.

I think I could start the first Anna Public Library :)

Off to find my Wouk Collection....
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-09-11 14:21 (UTC) (Link)

Re: ahhh Books

I hope my children become as voracious readers as I was. I read to them every evening. My son has just graduated to books without pictures in them, and I love that he's interested in the story. We're reading a lot of Goosebumps these days.
glodowg
glodowg at 2007-09-11 15:26 (UTC) (Link)

Re: ahhh Books

Series of Unfortunate Events is great also. My kids love those. I read the first 2 Harry Potter books to my kids - then they took over. My son read book 3 and 4 in the 3rd grade :) If you need any kid books give me a holler.
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