Tuesday, 30 March 2010

2666 by Roberto Bolano

This is an amazing novel, although it can also be hard work - both due to it's size (almost 900 pages) and the violence of it's content (a series of unsolved murders in a Mexican border town).

The book is really 5 books that overlap and it is nearly impossible to describe the book in terms of a plot. The different books or parts that make up 2666 involve different characters and take place in different time periods and countries - from Europe to Mexico and then back to Germany. What connects all of these parts is their examination of violence and death.

Whilst it can be loosely described as a mystery, it is not a book for those who like their mysteries to be solved. Rather it is a book for those who want something new and different, that will leave you thinking long after the last page.


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Tuesday, 16 March 2010

What's Next

A really common query at the library is "what is the next book in this series?" My favourite website for finding this information is a great site called What's Next Database.

This is a great resource for finding what books are in a series, and what order the books are in.

All you need to do is type in the information you know, such as the name of the author, or the name of the series. Or you can search for series by genres such as science fiction or mystery.
There is a link to this site under Sequels on the right hand side of this page. Or you can go directly there by clicking here.


Wednesday, 10 March 2010

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

An amazing story that is both funny and moving. I was hooked from the opening page by the wonderful writing and the slightly larger than life characters. The story tells the lives of cousins Sam Clay and Joe Kavalier and is set in Brooklyn before, during and after world war II as Kavalier and Clay become major figures of the Golden Age of comic books. Intersperced with the main story of Kavalier and Clay’s lives are excerts from their comics, and whist I am not usually a comic book fan, these sections were my favourite parts. Through the storylines of the comics Chabon comments on war, personal identity, heroism and more.

A great read that made me want to immediately go out and read more by Chabon.

If you like this book you may also enjoy The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem, another fantastic Brooklyn book that is inspired by the idea of the superhero.


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Check Catalogue for The Fortress of Solitude