June 4th, 2011

books: is there anything they can't do?

Review: Minnesota Strip by Michael Collins

#30: Minnesota Strip by Michael Collins:
We are a species that preys on itsel. We live on our own kind, hunt each other. That's what I wanted to tell the girl who faced me across the desk in the office part of my one-room loft, but I didn't. I told her what the police had told me.
Synopsis: Best-named P.I. ever, Dan Fortune is hired to find a guy who was trying to find a missing Vietnamese refugee in NYC, while other guys try to stop him, kill his client, etc etc etc. Heavy on the etc.

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Books about people in their twenties?

Hi everyone :)

I'm looking for books (fiction) about people in their twenties, preferably between 20-25. Maybe I've been looking in the wrong places, but I find that these books are kind of hard to come by.

The genres I enjoy are science fiction, fantasy, crime, horror and general fiction. A little romance is okay, as long as it isn't the only plot-line.

EDIT: To specify a bit: Please, rec me your favourite book(s) with a protagonist in his/her twenties :)

Thank you.

Saturday Book Discussion: Do Author!Fails Affect Your Reading Decisions?

Who am I to start a "Saturday Book Discussion"? Nobody -- start your own on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday if you like. ;)

So, literary Big Deal Nobel and Booker prize-winning Sir VS Naipaul (yeah, he even got a knighthood for his writing) says no woman is his literary equal.

Diana Athill, the editor/author whose writing he dismissed as "feminine tosh," laughs.

The Daily Beast says so what, people have known for years Naipaul is a racist, classist, whore-mongering, physically abusive dickbag, but he still got a knighthood and a Nobel prize.

Thus the discussion topic (and a poll!): does knowing an author is a raving loon or just a really unpleasant person affect your willingness to read and/or buy their books? Do you separate the artist from their work? Or does finding out that an author whose books you once adored is actually a nasty bigot forever taint their work in your mind?

Poll #1749038 Author!Fails

If you find out an author fails badly as a person, will you stop reading that author?

Yes. Can't stand author!fails.
Only if the fail is apparent in their writing.
Not generally, though there are a few things I wouldn't forgive.
No. I might be disappointed, but I try to separate the author from their work.
I might still read them, but I'll go out of my way to avoid giving them any money.

My own opinion: I have a long enough TBR list as it is, so I don't mind filtering out the assholes. Hence I've never read anything by Orson Scott Card or John C. Wright, even though lots of people say their books are awesome and their bilious hatefulness is not apparent in their writing. However, I impose a statute of limitations that ends at the author's death. And I don't think there's much point trying to figure out which (if any) 19th century writers didn't have views that would be considered noxious today.

I've never read anything by VS Naipaul, and don't intend to, unless I get assigned something by the books1001 challenge -- in which case, I'll make sure I get the book used.

What do you all think?

ETA: The Guardian has put up the Naipaul Test: can you tell (as Naipaul claims to) whether an author is a man or a woman within a paragraph?

My results:

You scored 4 out of a possible 10

Sloppy thinking. You clearly need to read more books by men.