Friday, December 30, 2011

I have tons an' tons of books to read, but I don't know which to read next. I finally finished The Once and Future King after being stuck on it for weeks; it's good, but rather a slow mover, doncha know. This is in comparison to Chuck Palahniuk's Snuff (which I got for Christmas instead of Terry Pratchett's Snuff and have since returned, though not before reading it on a whim. Now that one was interesting. Very graphic, but, interestingly enough for a novel dealing with the filming of a porno, it didn't really eroticize anything. Very much dealt with the characters and their motivations for being their. His style's very punchy, very quick, and I loved the Hollywood trivia. And the reveal at the end completely switched around how I felt about the book until that point, moving it from interesting to darn good (an improvement, in case you couldn't tell). And the book I read after that was Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers. I'd read it once before, but it's good on the reread. Lord Peter is a strong and complex character, and this is the novel that introduces Harriet Vane. And the whole sequence with the seances is quite funny. I can't say I enjoyed Have His Carcase very much, but Gaudy Night, which centers around Harriet, is a wonderful mystery-romance novel. One of my favorite books. I remember enjoying Busman's Honeymoon, but that's another I've only read once.

So! What to read next? I have On the Beach, but, uh, depressing. Oryx and Crake is probably too serious for how I'm feeling. I have one of the Maze Runner books and two by Neal Shusterman, but I'm not sure if I want YA just now. The steampunk collection Hin got me is tempting, but I don't want short stories either. Maybe it's time to reread The Goose Girl like I'd been planning. Plenty of time to read after this weekend, after all. So, it's decided!