Books Read: November 2013

This month’s been really light on the old reading front, with only four books having made their way through my Kindle.

Admittedly, part of the reason for the low reading count is because I decided to read Kafka on the Shore twice because I really enjoyed it the first time through; I would heartily recommend it, especially if you like your fiction a little bit surreal and fantastical.

I’ll also admit that I’m having a bit of trouble getting to grips with Cormac McCarthy. I’ve enjoyed all three of his books that I’ve read so far, but his writing style can make reading them a bit of chore; he seems to have a serious allergy to the use of punctuation, especially commas both inverted and otherwise, but that said I’ve found that once you get used to that somewhat unusual style the books themselves prove to be a pleasure to read. I think if I’d tried reading them one after the other, instead of interspersing them amongst works by other authors, I might have found it a little easier to get through.

But anyway, here’s the list of the books I’ve read this month.

The Stainless Steel Rat’s Revenge; Harry Harrison (1970)
The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time; Hunter S. Thompson (1979)
Kafka on the Shore; Haruki Murakami (2002)
The Crossing (Border Trilogy 2); Cormac McCarthy (1994)

As usual, if you want to recommend any books for me to read in the coming months feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll add them to my ever-growing list of “things I need to read”.

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