Friday, June 12, 2009

Summer Reading

Dan Brown is the literary equivalent of Coldplay. This is indeed a compliment to Coldplay.... Seriously have some standards. If you want to read something entertaining and not necessarily overly written there are plenty of crime/thriller writers who can and have written much better books than Dan Brown.

For anyone who says Dan Brown is a good writer, tell me why all his international characters sound exactly the same on the page?

Anyway what about Stephen King, Elmore Leonard, Ian Rankin, Clive Barker, Lawrence Block, Jeff Lindsey.... These are just thrillers....

Anyone who lives in New York or is in relationship or has a pulse should read

Sylvia by Leonard Michaels

Kafka, Beckett, Camus, Bukowski, Welsh, Baer, Charlie Huston are some of my favorites for fiction but lets say you like twilight....

While I haven't read it so I can't automatically put it in the crap pile I will say that

Susanna Clark's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

is brilliant.
Seriously brilliant. Coming from someone who doesn't like the Charlotte Bronte, I seriously enjoyed this novel page to page. The format/tone is deceiving. Clark uses the social novel in an almost satirical way and really sucks you in to a fully realized world and lets you swim around in her words.
So jump in and get soaked in good writing.

Stephen King's Dark Tower Series
comprises a total of 7 books (plenty of books to keep the story going without becoming redundant for copious amounts of summer/beach entertainment. ) that in my opinion outdoes any other series out there. Sorry JK Rowling but you write for a different audience. The Dark Tower series is part fantasy, part spaghetti western, part horror, part thriller, with allusions to pop culture, myth, and all pulled together by GASP... good writing.

"I can't believe that someone could write such trite and expository dialogue" said Shane gasping with exasperation.


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