BY JON PILL
I’ve rather fallen behind in my monthly reading book review posts. So here’s a quick update.
I’m tracking my reading a little closer over on GoodReads. Which is where I have lifted most of the stuff below. For the other month’s you’ll just have to make do with a simple list and a yes/no/maybe answer to the question ‘Would I recommend?’:
- Mean Free Path by Ben Lerner. Maybe.
- A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R R Martin. Yes to fans.
- The Martian by Andy Weir. Yes.
- The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Maybe but not before his more important works.
- The Hustler by Walter Tevis. Yes but only after seeing the movie.
- Classics: A Very Short Introduction by Mary Beard and John Henderson. Yes, highly.
- Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction by Kelly Catriona. No.
- Marquis de Sade: A Very Short Introduction by John Phillips. Maybe, if you are interested in hearing the rosiest possible case for the Marquis.
- History: A Very Short Introduction by John H. Arnold. Yes.
I got one big classic off my plate by finishing listening to the Big Read audiobook of (1) Moby-Dick; or, The Whale.
I also listened to Jezza Irons reading Eliot (who is the bestest) on the BBC, since he read several complete collections I can count the following books as read via my earholes:
(2) Prufrock and Other Observations
(4) Four Quartets
For entertainment I read Peter Watts existentially challenging hard sci-fi novel (5) Blindsight which was fun and full of interesting non-fiction ideas, whereas (6) Geography: A Very Short Introduction – which is actual non-fiction – did not.
The only other proper classic I’ve got through this month was the rather uninteresting (7) Theogony/Works and Days by Hesiod, the far less interesting or fun coeval of Homer.