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"The Steep Approach to Garbdale"
by Iain Banks
"Chronicles Volume 1"
"The Thirteenth Tale"
"The Club Dumas"
I ain't reading 5 books right now, so you can get that idea out of your head. I only ever read one book at a time. But ya know what mate? Here's what I recommend for your summer reading:
1. "The Steep Approach to Garbdale" by Iain Banks. He wrote "The Wasp Factory," a very important book. He's a bloody good writer.
2. "Enders Game" by Orson Scott Card. This is a science fiction novel that I actually havenít read yet, so I don't know if it's any good or not. I got it as a present. So who knows, but I will give it a chance.
3. "Chronicles Volume 1" by Bob Dylan. John gave this to me. I like Dylan and I loved the Scorsese documentary about him. I like his music, you know, the whole singer songwriter thing, as I aspire to write songs like him. Listen to "Box Full of Honey" off our new album. I hope, maybe, there's a little Dylan in there.
4. "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield. This is one of those stories where the truth slowly gets revealed over the course of the book. It is very intense - it is about family relationships, madness, flawed people, wealth and aristocracy, injustice...but it is ostensibly about a girl who works at a book shop is commissioned to write the autobiography of a famous novelist who is dying. Through this, the incredible life of the novelist is revealed. I don't want to give too much away but what I really loved about this book is that the author creates lives for people - not by dialogue or description- but by creating a life story, a history, for them. You feel like you really know them and end up having great sympathy for everyone involved. "The Thirteenth Tale" will take you to a really great place. You will laugh AND cry. Really, really amazing. It will dig something out of you - quite incredible.
5. "The Club Dumas" by Arturo Pérez-Reverte - They made a film about this book,"The Ninth Gate" with Johnny Depp. It was a pretty good version of the book but it doesnít quite go in to all thatís available to you if you read the novel. "The Club Dumas" book has the Devil in it (as a character) and a superb ending, much better than the film. Endings of books are important to me. It is great to have an ending that wraps everything up since we all grow up with "Happily Ever After." I like it when things are wrapped up and a book doesnít leave you hanging.
Oh, If anyone likes SI Fiction (geddit?)...I've been reading Alastair Reynoldsí books. I've read three so far - "Revelation Space," "Chasm City" and "Redemption Ark." He's bloody good. Sci Fi has different genres - this one is "Big Space Opera" which makes it good enough in itself really.
So thatís more than 5 books to keep you busy this summer. Done ok Katy?
Katy: Yea, you done ok!