Sunday, June 8, 2008

In Process: Gravity's Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon)

Went directly from Ubik - short, muscular, hyperactive - to Gravity's Rainbow. In the same sitting.

It was like going to bed with Colin Farrell and waking up with Marlon Brando.

Just Finished: Ubik (Philip K. Dick)

Hmmmm... I like to think of myself as very open-minded, but I suspect that science fiction - even by a master - is just not my thing.

The book itself is very short, and very energetic - things happen BAM! BAM! BAM! but the genre assumes you have a certain level of familiarity with their "precog" this and "psi" that lingo that I would most certainly not have, had it not been for Minority Report. (Was that based on a Dick book?)

Recommend? Yes, wholeheartedly to a sci-fi lover (which I actually already have) with some reservations to anyone else.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Abandoned: White Noise (Don DeLillo)

As the inaugural novel of this little experiment, I chose White Noise - primarily because I found I already had it. It has very nearly been enough to make me abandon the whole thing.

I wish I knew what it was about the novel that makes other think it great - at least I could then view it as literary calisthenics - the kind of grunt work you do to learn to appreciate some facet of literature (and this - this is exactly the kind of book people are referring to when they talk about LITtrachur).

Somewhere in the first chapter or two, I found myself PRAYING that the wife would be caught - inflagrante - with the coworker and the whole thing could go all prick lit. And maybe it does. But in the meantime, this puppy is going to the back of line - right in front of Deliverance, my other "do I have to?" listing.