What Should We Read Next?

Okay gang! If on a winter’s night a traveler was a great start, but we’re ready for a new challenge. I’ll be writing up some closing thoughts on traveler for Monday but in the meantime, I am really keen on finding the next book. Seriously, what do you want to read? Take a look at the “Books Left to Read” page and find something interesting. Even if you are totally busy becoming a doctor, or a hippie principal (you know who you are, Python), or maybe a high stakes international mediator … even you people at least can make a recommendation.

I’ve made a poll of five options, but I always love a write-in candidate, so if there’s something on the list you really love or want to read, write it in!

Some thoughts on the options:

Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev (300 pages) – Literally it is Fathers and Children, but better known by this more poetic-sounding title. This is the most famous novel by the (let me count…) fourth or fifth greatest writer of Russian literature’s golden age.

Neuromancer by William Gibson (380 pages) – Likely in most sci-fi geeks top five list of most influential books in the genre’s history, up there with Dune, Ender’s Game, and Stranger in a Strange Land. This is the book that helped popularize cyberpunk and set in motion what would lead to The Matrix, Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and a whole bunch of Japanese anime.

The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West (210 pages) – Considered the best book ever written about Hollywood, it is better known as the place where Homer Simpson got his name.

The Lover by Marguerite Duras (130 pages) – This is essentially Lolita from the girl’s perspective. A fifteen year old girl in Vietnam becomes the lover of a Chinese man more than twice her age.  Based on the experiences of the author, this one is sure to be promote some conversations. It was made into an equally controversial movie in 1992

The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (300 pages) – Another book made into a popular movie, the novel is Highsmith’s most beloved and tells the story of a young man whose obsession with getting what he wants leads to murder and deceit.

In the meantime, enjoy this Black Keys tune and have a great weekend!

2 Responses to “What Should We Read Next?”
  1. nadnerb says:

    Deathly Hallows dude. There’s still time before the movie’s out!

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