Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (nearly finished)
Air-Conditioned Nightmare - Henry Miller (just started)
Sandman - Neil Gaiman (1/2way)
Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood (technically just finished)
I have always wanted to work a topic called "turd blowby". I see someone has managed it. This is "blowback". Okay, the meaning is to keep stuffing something in somewhere until it gags and chokes and spits up, roughly? Well, I love that sort of thing, too. I like to describe fatal car crashes in a minimalist way. It is always just a "touch" too much throttle at the wrong time that sends the car cartwheeling.
I've been in a big Sherlock Holmes phase lately. I'm about in the middle of The Return of Sherlock Holmes after having read A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Next I'll read The Hound of the Baskervilles and then I think I'll be done with it for awhile. I need to re-read The God Delusion at some point.
Yes, it's a very interesting book. As the subtitle states, it is a "Pilgrimage to the dawn of evolution". The tales are told from in reverse chronological order, starting with humans and organized into "rendezvous" points, where humans share a most recent common ancestor with other species, all the way to the earliest life on earth. I would say that I am currently about 80% through the book.
It is a pretty long book, but if you do decide to read it I recommend the UK hardcover version, because it is beautifully illustrated... like a coffee table book. You can order it from the amazon UK site.
I don't read, takes me years to finish one book. But I joined a mystery book club and they said it's ok if I don't read the books we can talk about them anyway. However, the last book we discussed was 'Dracula' by Bram Stoker. I did start to read it. Was exciting up until the 5th chapter, now I'm stuck there. Someday I'll get around to finishing it.
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