A true story of an Italian jew, ex-prisoner of a German concentration camp, trying to - first of all survive and just then - get home on a Europe that is a complete mess. The USSR occupies a good chunk of Central Europe and claims for itself the duty of reallocating the Nazi victims of a myriad of different places and languages.
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An anthology of great short stories in the magic realist vein about urban living (specifically, living in Mumbai). Some really great material in there for indie horror movies. The book only seems to be released in India at the moment, but I liked every story in it.
I'm in the middle of reading a whole bunch of things, actually.
Arion - Lord of Atlantis
This was a 42-issue comic book run in the 80s, published by DC Comics. It was sword-and-sorcery, but wasn't totally typical of the genre. Technology existed side by side with magic, and the first issue is in space! I lurve magic and fantasy in space!
Yes, another comic book series, a 54-issue run starting in the mid 2000s. It's a bunch of untold adventures of the superhero team Justice League of America. Well illustrated and (for the most part) well told, I probably enjoy it more than most because I'm a big JLA fan.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
A five book series that was recommended to me by a close friend. Written for young adults, but people of all ages can get into it. Much like Harry Potter, except with Greek mythology rather than witchcraft and wizardry. Yes, that's a simplistic comparison that doesn't take into account all the nuances, but it's a nutshell explanation. I'm VERY much enjoying this, and am on the fourth book now.
Star Wars: The New Jedi Order
A 19-book series set in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, taking place approximately 20-25 years after Return of the Jedi. I never could finish the whole thing when it came out, and I'm having trouble getting through it now. Even though I'm a HUGE Star Wars fan, this particular series doesn't seem particularly StarWarsy, with the Yuuzhan Vong and such. I mean, I understand you can do the Empire and Sith only so much, but still! But by God, I will finish it, however slowly and torturously I must do it.
Consider Phlebasby Iain Banks
A sci-fi novel, first in the "Culture" series. I got it after I read about what the titular Culture was supposed to be, a super-advanced post-scarcity society where everyone can get what they want super-easy, and their top agents carry a planet-killer in their pocket. Upon actually reading it, I've been a little disappointed, as (a) there is another culture of supremely advanced aliens even more advanced than the Culture, which kind of spoils the effect, and (b) the story isn't told from within the Culture.
War of the Twinsby Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
Second book in the Dragonlance Legends trilogy. An awesome fantasy series in an awesome fantasy setting. Raistlin Majere rocks! He is one of the most bad-a** characters I've seen in a book, yet he's physically puny and ill. Amazing.
Taking a break from the epically long 1Q84 to read:
In preparation for my Human Revolution playthrough.
I'm not a fan of the jargon and adjective-laden actiony writing, but eh it's in the Deus Ex universe, so what the hell. I really would rather not read this book, but isn't a long read and it's just one, so I'm keeping at it.
Lovecraft's theme and genre never really wavers a lot, so it doesn't matter where you start, the supreme cosmic gods that slumber in dimensions unfathomable will be sure to get you either way.
Thanks, I was looking at some of his books at the local Chapters, and I've been wanting to get into it for a while, though admittedly, I've also got University, and plenty of other books to read first.