Jeeves and Wooster omnibus vol.2 by P.G. Wodehouse: Hugely enjoyable read, love Wodehouse's work easy to read, great piece of escapism 4/5
The Iron Heel by Jack London: The original futuristic totaltarian state gone mad, really good if you're interested in Socialist politics, if you're a hardline tory you'll hate large parts of this book, but I give it a 5/5 its analysis is great, on par with Orwell and Marx.
Also read Snuff by Terry Pratchett relatively recently.
Another excellent book by Terry Pratchet. He explores several interesting issues in this book in entertaining ways. I did however find some parts a little tough going. However this was probably just because because I was overanalysing it
Think this is the only book I've ever given up on. I read most of it, but even towards the end NOTHING had happened, so I just skim read the last few pages. Never read something with such a painfully slow plot and no substance at all.
Having read The Book Thief (), I was incredibly disappointed. I felt the narrator was a bit too self-righteous at times, and the writing a bit gimmicky. For example:
^ ending many sections with this sentence structure got incredibly frustrating. You can use short sentences for effect but this was overkill. People praise it as a book you get hooked by, and read within a day - that's because the writing is so simplistic. It feels like the writer put a similar amount of thought into it as it takes to read.
Read The Interrogative Mood by Padgett Powell. 4.5/5, as IT'S COMPOSED ENTIRELY OF QUESTIONS. Just questions, like "Are your emotions pure?" and "Where do you stand in relation to the potato?" in a prose format with no answers! Sounds like chaos, and it did feel weird, but it flows surprisingly well, and great for reading chronologically or dipping in and out of.
Easier to read than I thought, and some really gripping parts. Though I lost a bit of interest at the battle scenes at the end... too much "and X slew Y and then Z and then L but then M tried to kill N but M failed and was killed by O..." (albeit in a more poetic way ). However, for the large part, it was engaging and it should be useful for general knowledge / latin. Amazing that it was written thousands of years ago but still is powerful!