I am in a total readers funk. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been rereading old favorites and I’m beginning to find the “been here, done that” experience to be dull.
So, I’m looking for suggestions for some holy shit-like reads. I’ve been on an American history kick for a year or so, but before that I’d pretty much stuck with the occassional American classic while making a comprehensive pass of all the Hugo and Nebula Award winners.
As I discussed in some previous entry or entry_comment, I can’t stand Tolkein-like tales with a painful amount of apparently useless backstory.
[6/2/03 Update]: And the winners are:
_Girlfriend in a Coma_ by Douglas Coupland. Microserfs spoke to me — maybe this will, as well.
_Guns of the South: A Novel of the Civil War_ by Harry Turtledove. I can’t imagine a novel less suited for me. SOLD.
_Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World_ by Mark Pendergrast. There are three things I know nothing about: chicks, coffee, and lawns. Maybe this will help.