I wouldn't worry Nick, I just read History and Fiction. The book I last finished was The Gargoyle, the one currently in the book charts and recommended by Richard and Judy.
Enjoyed it though.
I work in a bookshop on Saturdays, and i'm often tempted by Richard and Judy sponsored books. That said, I'm not buying a copy of The Cellist of Sarajevo simply because they printed the R&J sticker onto the cover. Can't be doing with that nonsense.
So yeah, they're not necessarily shit books. I save my scorn for people who are buying the Jade Goody books.
Haha, I read The Librarian which was recommended which was pretty cool. I actually watched the Richard and Judy show when they reviewed it and they spoilt the fucking ending, AND said Bram Stokers original was "rubbish".
Very strange but utterly compelling book. It's basically two books in one; Johnny Truant (shudder) writing footnotes to a critical book about a film that he finds in the author's house, the author (Zampano) having passed away. There's an introduction which sort of briefly outlines Truant as a character, and then you get to read Zampano's critical book which has tonnes of footnotes. Some are Zampano's own, some incredibly long, only tenuously related ones are by Truant and some are the "editors" of the book that you hold in your hands.
So that's reasonably baffling, but once you get your head around it you realise it's basically just literary showmanship and not that hard to cope with. Then it starts to get really fucked up, and becomes something not unlike a horror novel.
Fantastic stuff, can't wait to get home to read it. Haven't been this engrossed by a book since I read 1984.
Midnight Meattrain with Vinnie Jones was quite a good Adaptation for the Screen
'And yes, I can understand that it was quite disturbing for the majority of the population when the world leaders, both political and religious, were taken out of their offices and shot on the streets. But, looking back at that day, it was by far the best thing the 21st-century brought us.'
Finally finished Moby Dick, which had a super conclusion, then burned through The Road in a couple of days. It was hideously bleak and crushing, almost constantly.
I've since read PopCo which was entirely enjoyable. One quibble - I don't quite buy a character who is an expert on mathematics and factorisations lightly dismissing the dilution of homeopathic 'remedies'. Such solutions are diluted so much that the 'active' ingredient is imperceivable, which is partly why they don't work. I suppose that I find it a bit of a rub that a logical, sharp-witted character inherently distrusts medicine and harps on about something as daft as homeopathy.
I'm going out on a limb here and I'm going to let you all know that I recently read Twilight, yes the gay sparkly vampire shit, and I actually really enjoyed it. Perhaps I'm just a seventeen year old girl at heart.
My missus loved the Twilight series, but she also likes proper good books, so its not a total death sentence.
I read a bunch of books on holiday; Palahniuk - Snuff, Ghosh - Sea of Poppies, Salinger - The Catcher in the Rye. Sea of Poppies was rather good, I prefered it to Adiga's White Tiger which went on to win the Man Booker prize.