There's a new Tuesday, and today I actually have a list. This week's topic is top ten authors I've read one book from, but need to read more from. Top ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.
Robert Jackson Bennett
I came across Bennett sort of by accident. I was in an
airport, Helsinki airport to be specific, and because of things, that are
really boring (my backpack fell apart so I had packed most of my books in my
checked luggage), I bought a book called the Troupe. Because it had some good
buzzwords; vaudeville, 1920s, supernatural darkness (I’m odd), I picked it up.
And I also found out, the characters are just so unlikable. It’s really great,
and I really need to get my hands on more of his books, but I would then have
to buy them online, because I can’t find them anywhere.
I read the Rivers of London last year, because my
friend told me to, which sounded more commanding than it was. It was more
enthusiastic than that. It was really good. It’s a murder-mystery sort of. A
young constable named Peter Grant is about to be assigned to the Case
Progression Unit, before DCI Thomas Nightingale swoops in and takes him in as
his “partner”. Nightingale’s department deals with supernatural things, and
Grant joins him because he can talk to ghosts. I don’t really like
murder-mysteries, for no good reason at all. But you stick some ghosts or
vampires into a book and I will read it. I’m so freaking easy. I just bought
the second book, so I’ll be reading it soon.
I had to, not had to, was advised to, read the Wasp Factory by Iain Banks. It is one of the grossest things I’ve ever read. It’s so
gross. And things can be gross if the author has the capacity to keep you
reading. Also, the grossness was just expertly described and written. It’s so
good, and weird, and I think I read it in a day, in airports, this list makes
it sound like I spend a lot of time in airports (I don’t. I shouldn’t say that,
I’ll just pretend I’m an international woman of mystery). I don’t know I
haven’t read more Banks, but I’ll rectify it at some point.
Not surprisingly I’ve read Fahrenheit 451, but I just
feel like I should read more. I loved Fahrenheit 451, it made me stay up all
night, so that’s good. I just really loved it, so I’ll do that one time.
I’ve read Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Which is just very
fascinating, and very good. I think again, I was sort told I should read it by
my teacher, and I like it so much. It’s fun, and so weird. And I watched Capote
(with Philip Seymour Hoffman) and now I’m obsessed with In Cold Blood, so I’ll
find it and read it. That sounded very dramatic in my brain. “I don’t know
where you are In Cold Blood, but I will find you, and I will read you.” And now
the silliness will end. No it won’t.
I’ve read Drink Slay Love, which is a good vampire
novel. I always loved Buffy, because my taste in everything is stellar. I
really like evil vampires, because they’re supposed to be evil. Pearl is a
really great, mean, snarky, evil vampire, who is stabbed by a unicorn, and now
she can go out in sunlight, see herself in a mirror, and all that stuff that
vampires can’t. So obviously her family thinks: great, go to school, gather up
some teenagers for us to eat, and that’ll be great. It is great. I’ve heard her
other books are also great, so I should get on that.
I’ve read Dust of 100 dogs by A.S. King, and I really,
really liked it. I thought it was pretty great. It’s about pirates, and I love
pirates. It’s like I’m a child. I love ghosts and pirates. What I’ve heard of
A.S. King’s other books is great, so I’ll try to find something else by King and
Neal Stephenson writes these massive tomes. I’ve read
Quicksilver, which is almost 1000 pages. It’s set in England in the 1600s, and
it’s about a young scientist named Daniel Waterhouse who used to room with
Isaac Newton at University, and he seems to be the only one who tolerates him,
or maybe even likes him. It’s historical fiction, slightly magical realism, and
I got to read a lot of crazy about Isaac Newton, and his spat with Liebnitz,
which is fun. Quicksilver is the first in a series (trilogy?), and I have the
second one. I also have the Cryptonomicon, which is set in world war 2, but is
about a descendant of Daniel Waterhouse, so that’s cool. He’s also written some
science fiction, which I own, and should read.
I read Breadcrumbs, which is a retelling of the Snow Queen, and it’s so
sweet and amazing, and apparently her other books are just amazing. So I need
to read more of her stuff.