jamie goode's wine blog: Reading material for the NZ trip

Friday, January 22, 2010

Reading material for the NZ trip


Off to New Zealand tomorrow. Not the worst time of year to be visiting Kiwiland.

The flight is long, and in my spare moments I like to read, so I did an amazon raid, choosing a range of books, many of which were recommended by readers here (thank you to those concerned).

The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold - a risk, this. Could be great, could be dire. A good friend liked it a lot, and I trust him.

Black Swan Green, David Mitchell - reader's recommendation, sounds good

Generation A, Douglas Coupland - I'm a Coupland junkie who loved JPOD and The Gum Thief, so v looking forward to this

Ghost Rider: travels on the healing road, Neal Peart - the drummer from Rush, but he writes genius lyrics, and this is his narrative of a motorcycle journey that helped him recover from an unbelievably sad double bereavement

The Road, Cormac McCarthy - not read him before - it's 'now a major film', which doesn't bode well, but a trusted reader recommended this

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At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anthony Silverbrow said...

It's at times like these those e-readers begin to make sense!

 
At 11:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jamie - have you read "The Shack" ?

 
At 11:49 AM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

hope your back is better!!
By the way,if Hangover is on the video,do watch it as it is one of the funniest movies I have seen on an aircraft in sometime.

 
At 12:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keith - where's the best place in London for me to buy a mixed case of 12 South African reds to give me a discovery sense of what this country has to offer? THANK YOU.

 
At 1:30 PM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

A number of merchants in London have a good selection.
My advice would be to go to Handfords and speak to Greg Sherwood who is South African and an MW to boot.

 
At 1:49 PM, Blogger Colin said...

SA wines online (based in SW London) would be a good online bet and I think they are still doing 10 off your first order.

I was impressed with the selection when I ordered a case.

 
At 3:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks - yes I know Greg - he is a great chap - In fact I will be seeing him next Wed 27th for the Handford 08 Burgundy Tasting.

 
At 8:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

black swan green is a great story as are all David Mitchell's works - one of today's most original authors - you must try Ghostwritten, which he wrote before Cloud Atlas.

 
At 11:04 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

BSG manages to seem all too familar to many of our age!

Mitchell, Murakami and now Mieville are now forming the major axis of most of my reading. Mmm....

 
At 11:06 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Number 9 Dream was probably the best thing I read last year, but I think one needs to have warmed up on some of his other books first. Some parts of it were rather reminiscent of Iain M Banks (another author that I feel is under-appreciated by those who dogmatically reject "Sci-Fi")

 
At 6:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jamie

So you are a Rush fan, certainly confirms your good taste! To make this a wine related reply, Geddy Lee has a fantastic palate with a penchant for white Bordeaux but Neil prefers expensive single malts!

YXEDigitalMan

 
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At 5:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keith is right. "The Hangover" is well worth seeing, but the flight version (cut) is not a patch on the full version, which I purchased later on DVD. John V. in Bp.

 
At 7:43 PM, Blogger Aidan said...

Alex - Mieville as in China? I haven't picked him up in ages, but he's easily one of the best SF writers I've run across in a while - something a bit Borges about him. Anything good by him recently?

 
At 7:46 PM, Blogger Aidan said...

Jamie - 'The Road' is a long way away from 'major motion picture' straight-to-film bookwriting; not everyone 'gets' Cormac McCarthy, but he is a writer of *prodigious* talent. If you can stand something even darker, read 'Blood Meridian' - if you like the style but prefer something a little less bleak, 'All the Pretty Horses' or the other Border Trilogy books are a good way to go.

 
At 9:57 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Aidan, yes. The City and The City was very striking. You don't realise what's special about it to begin with. I'm going through some of his back-catalogue now Perdido Street Station is a HUGE book (nearly 900 pages) so should keep me busy for a while.

 
At 10:56 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

BTW, Jamie - don't you find Coupland a bit too full of himself? JPOD being a typical example. I thought it showed flashes of inspiration, but a bit of a curate's egg...

 
At 1:32 PM, Blogger Aidan said...

Alex - Perdido is great; its world is more London than London in some ways. I really enjoyed 'The Scar' in that world as well, but that was a long time ago :P.

As long as we're indulging in SF geekery, have you read any Gene Wolfe? Just finished the New Sun series, and am well impressed...

 
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