March 6th, 2007

computer, luckie12

Books

I'm on my lunch break right now so maybe I can do some updates, specifically on what I've been reading lately. Last month it was watching movies, especially Garbo movies, but this month it's reading -- which I can do a lot more of, now that I have a daily commute.

But anyway...

A couple weeks back I read a neat little sci fi book by David Gerrold called The Man Who Folded Himself. Definitely a unique take on time travel, done a way I haven't seen or read it done before, presenting a lot of conundrums and paradoxes and thoughtfulness. We're going to be discussing it at OutReaders book group this weekend. Considering the book was very short and a fast ready to boot, should be a quick discussion.

Last week I read something completely different, a nonfiction prose novel by John Berrendt on, more or less, the peculiar people and goings-on of Venice, Italy. It's called The City of Falling Angels (great title) and is basically Berrendt's take, based on extensive interviews and research and experiental work, on the city's future as well as its past, taking as a starting point the burning of the Fenice opera house in the mid-90s. There's a lot of really wonderful description he does on places, people, incidents from the past. Very admirable writing. I think I will have to read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil now, because that book was also a non-fiction prose novel focusing on one particular city (Savannah, GA) and its people. His style is pretty exquisite.

And yesterday I started something different yet again, a prose translation (Dover Thrift Edition) of Homer's Odyssey. Aside from the really long paragraphs, it's quite readable. I don't know if it will stay that way, but I'll see.