Sparky Travels

June 28, 2010

Book Review Pt2

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Neil Gaiman does fantasy better than almost anyone else and his novel American Gods is an enthralling adventure. Twisting the symbolism we take for granted in life into intricate plots about worlds existing in the shadows of ours, as The Guardian would say. Gods, in America as The Sun would say. Cracking read.


Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything is a brilliant book that attempts to provide exactly what it’s title says. As a travel writer, Bryson displays a layman’s curiosity in how the earth and universe work. With anecdotes and descriptions of the people who shaped our understanding of the world and simple descriptions of complex ideas it really makes you marvel and the wonders of life.


Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh is an unconventional book, about mathematics and the personalities behind it. It tells the true story about a lone englishman’s attempt to prove one of the greatest ever mathematical theories. Gets kinda bogged down in the middle and not as good a book as I hoped it’d be.


Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein is the story of a human raised by martians returning to earth and trying to understand humanity. Overly long and although it starts from an interesting premise it becomes muddled with attempts to be intentionally provocative. Controversial in its day it has now aged badly.


Joseph Heller’s  Catch 22 is  hysterical. No really, it’s probably the funniest book I’ve ever read (yes, better than Joe Pasquale’s latest opus) and clever with it too. No surprise that this is a classic. A book I look forward to reading again. Heller’s blending of the realities of battle and the ridiculousness of war until the two become indistinguishable is masterful while his characters are full and colourful.


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