Holiday reading

I don’t read novels nearly as much as I should, partly due to a lack of time, and also because  spending my time reading so much for work doesn’t exactly make reading a very relaxing break from it. But holidays can be a chance to do some less serious reading. I do find my brain starts to go soft if I don’t do any…

So on this trip I read China Miéville, Kraken; Elizabeth Rostova, The Swan Thieves; Wu Ming, Manituana; and Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders. I was disappointed by the Miéville, and really enjoyed the Rostova book, which surprised me. Moll Flanders was one of the classics I’d never read before, but saw it in the airport bookstore and remembered David Harvey’s comment that it was a much better novel of political economy than the ubiquitous Robinson Crusoe. The Wu Ming was read on my I-Pad, because of the free pdf they made available, which is the first time I’ve ever read something of that length on a screen (although I’m still working on finishing it). I also downloaded The Speculative Turn and read a little in that, but I think I’ll probably end up buying the paper copy.

I had a few books for Christmas – Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections (better to read that before Freedom I suppose); The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists (another classic I really should have read); and the first two of the Millennium trilogy. So I guess the New Year’s Resolution is to read more novels…

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3 Responses to Holiday reading

  1. Scu says:

    Just double checking, but you were the one who said you didn’t really like sci-fi novels in general? I’ve enjoyed the three China Melville novels I’ve read, and am about to start a forth one. I had planned to read Kraken shortly, and I am basically being curious if you generally like his work, or if in general you haven’t been that into them.

    And thanks for the suggestion about the Rostova. I’ve added it to the list.

  2. stuartelden says:

    Yes, I almost never read sci-fi. I came to Miéville through his more academic work – there was a theme issue of Historical Materialism on Marxism and Fantasy he co-edited that I had a piece in, so I checked out his novels. I enjoyed most of them – Perdido Street Station and The City and the City especially. But Kraken didn’t work for me…

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