Thursday, December 28, 2006

2006 Books (fiction)

I never seem to read enough fiction but here's a few highlights from this year, in order of reading...

Carlos Ruiz Zafon -
The Shadow of the Wind

Cracking mystery story set in Barcelona. Having visited the city in 2005 it was fun to read a story set there.

Ian McEwan -

Probably my favourite read of the year. McEwan is brilliant and this is a great story, set in London amongst a series of wierd events. I love the way that McEwan describes scenes and situations. Previously enjoyed Atonement and Enduring Love.

Audrey Niffenegger -
The Time Traveller's wife

Actually haven't finished this since Em nicked it off me at the airport on the way to Cork in June. It's a bit of a strange story of love and time-travel. Looking forward to finishing this sometime.

Douglas Coupland -

A story or just a concept? Thanks Mum & Dad for the Special Edition! It's Microserfs 2, but with a different twist. If your life was file-dumped into a Douglas Coupland novel would it be more interesting than this?

Gyorgy Dalos -
The Circumcision

A story about a messianic-jewish-hungarian trying to find his identity.

I've enjoyed reading translated books this year, and hope to continue in that direction in the future. Why should I just read British books?

Cees Nooteboom -
The Following Story

Interesting short story.

C.S. Lewis -
The Great Divorce

Classic Lewis theological fiction about eternity! I'd heard a lot of quotes from this before, good to actually have read it.