Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday Random Ten: Backstory

I'm reading a novel now that's about 600 00 pages. I mean that it's approximately 600 pages, not that that's the book's subject. Anyway, it could be and probably should be shorter. The first half is a lot of talking to people about things that happened years before while nothing much is happening now. Things pick up noticeably in the second half of the book. Still, the editor should have been more of a martinet, I think.

The author handles prose pretty well. She's got a vision too, I think, it's just that it wasn't fully realized this time around. So there's a good chance I'll check out what she does in the future.

1. Gogol Bordello - Sally
2. Nellie McKay - Pink Chandelier
3. Imperial Teen - It's You
4. Fats Domino - Valley of Tears
5. Dave Van Ronk - I Buyed Me a Little Dog
6. Tito Puente - Take Five
7. New Pornographers - Wide Eyes
8. Elvis Costello & the Attractions - No Action
9. Broadcast - Corporeal
10. Fleetwood Mac - I Know I'm Not Wrong


numb said...

'50 shades of grey'? 'jane eyre'? 'this changes everything'?...

myself, i'm currently reading an 800 page book that features the image of a bird on the cover. i'm 100+ pages in, & there's been no mention of this bird whatsoever. otoh, an orangutan featured prominently at one point. go figure :) ...

Ben said...

50 Shades of Grey? Ah, I didn't read the Twilight Books, so I wouldn't be in on the joke.

No, this is called "The Night Film" by Marisha Pessl. And I should make clear, now that I've finished it, that not only is the second half much better than the first, but the closing chapters are really something else.

I haven't read "The Goldfinch" yet, but Donna Tartt's two earlier books both had big points of interest for me. "The Little Friend" sticks out. (Yeah, I googled "800 page book about a bird.)

susan said...

I was thinking Penguin and Jungle Book as possibilities.