Almost time for new Murakami!
thelostaddamskid asked: Hi! So I recently started with Vonnegut and I just finished Slaughterhouse five (after Cat's Cradle) and now I'm not sure what to read next. I started with these two because they were the only ones available at my local bookstore, so now I need to go shop for other titles. Can you please recommend which ones to read next?
Sorry for the delay in replying to your question. I bet you’ve already found your next Vonnegut by now. If by chance you haven’t, I can recommend some books by him that I loved, although it’s difficult to know in which order they’d be best read. There’s so much intertextuality in his books that it’s a pleasure to find references, and to be honest it doesn’t really matter which order you read his novels as subtle character mentions emerge all over the place with little regard for chronology. The first book I read by him was Breakfast of Champions, which probably should have been my last, but I still loved it even if I didn’t understand the references. If you’ve read Slaughterhouse Five and Cat’s Cradle I’d recommend Breakfast next, it’s quite down to earth but still hilarious. I personally prefer Vonnegut’s all-out sci-fi stuff over his military themes though, like The Sirens of Titan, which is great but very different to those you’ve read. My favourite novel by him is often overlooked: Galapagos. It’s a truly poignant book with so much depth and originality I’m amazed it isn’t more well known.
If this lady was a goddess, she must’ve been the goddess of smelly, heavy, useless hippies. But he’d come this far. He’d better keep lugging her along.
—Percy Jackson, in “The Son of Neptune” by the hilarious Rick Riordan.
kaipokok asked: Hi :) do you have any good books to recommend me?
Hey! It’s difficult to know what to recommend as everyone has such different tastes, but the last two I read were great. Over the past couple of days I re-read Mockingbird by Walter Tevis - one of my favourite ever books. It’s easy, entertaining, beautiful and I’d recommend it to anyone. Don’t let any sci-fi cover art put you off; there’s so much more to it! Before Mockingbird, I read The Giver, which is really short and simple but very good; it’s currently getting a lot of attention because it has finally been adapted for film. Other than those two, if you’re ready for something a little surreal that will make you think, then read anything by Haruki Murakami. He is probably my favourite author. Kafka on the Shore is my favourite by him. If you pick one of the above, then my safest bet would be: Mockingbird by Walter Tevis. A novel which should be read by everyone; it is a truly amazing book.
Your living arrangements will have to be different from those of most family units, because the books are forbidden to citizens. You and I are the only ones with access to the books.
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
Pretty accurate description of real life too.