Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Recently Read Novels

Here are the last few novels I've read and some notes on each:
  • Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan

    Really good. A sci-fi detective story.

  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman

    Not bad.

  • Gateway by Frederik Pohl

    I liked how the story was presented. Half of it takes place in the past, and half takes place in therapy sessions with an AI.

  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

    The payoff in this book is supposed to be amazing. However, I couldn't finish it. It was just a big jumble of words.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    The characters in this classic were really believable and well crafted.

  • The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir

    Very good. A survival story set on Mars. I liked the attitude and mindset of the main character.

  • Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

    Really good. The magic system was well thought out. The first of the three books was a good heist story set in a fantasy setting.

  • My Antonia by Willa Cather

    I read this in college, and I decided to reread it. It's a really sad book for me in some ways. It's also really good.

  • Slain in the Spirit by Walt Rosenfeld

    A co-worker wrote this book, and it was free to read. It was a really good effort for a "non-professional novelist". I've read other self-published books that I couldn't finish. I finished this one. It had some good things going for it.

  • Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow

    I couldn't finish this book. It was weird for no reason I could figure out. And, I was suspicious that the plot wasn't going anywhere.

  • Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

    I couldn't finish this book. It was too slice of life/naturalistic

  • The Unlimited Dream Company by J.G. Ballard

    I couldn't finish this book. It had a lot of weird sexual stuff in it. A Day of Creation is one of my favorite books, and it was also by J.G. Ballard. However, this one didn't do it for me.

  • Wool by Hugh Howely

    I liked this. Big plot. Interesting characters and world.