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August 22, 2008

Holiday reading

Filed under: Books — duncan @ 9:38 pm
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So I’m off on holiday soon, and need to buy myself a good book. Something to read on the plane and beach when I’m not amusing myself with other diversions. Nothing too big or demanding – I realised recently that I don’t enjoy reading books of 600+ pages. I devote so much time to them, and usually they’re not the greatest book; but by the time I’ve realised that I’m more than half-way through and don’t want to quit, just for the sake of not quitting, not because I’m enjoying the book so much.

I had a couple of ideas of what I could buy:

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1984 by George Orwell. I’ve already got a copy of this, albeit in a large unwieldy hardback format. This paperback would be a bit handier. It’s one of my favourite novels, and I love the cover design by Shephard Fairey.

There’s a bit of discussion worth reading on the Penguin blogs about this new edition of 1984 and Orwell. From that I found this interesting article about Shephard Fairey’s plagiarism.

Did you know there’s now a George Orwell blog, re-publishing his diary entries? So far it’s mostly about country life, but I’m hoping it’ll pick up in time.

The other book I am thinking about for holiday is World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. I bought a copy of this for a friend’s christmas present a year or two ago, and thought it looked pretty good. Not the sort of thing I’d usually read though.

Year 2, Day 10: Not now, I’m reading!
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Apart from that, no really strong ideas. Maybe A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick. I’ve read a few of his other novels and enjoyed them, and I’ve got the film on DVD.

Any suggestions? What have you been reading, or can you recommend any ‘must-read’ books? Here’s the last few books I’ve read recently:



  1. Note to self: “Ongoing Moment” by Geoff Dyer.

    Comment by duncancumming — August 24, 2008 @ 1:15 pm | Reply

  2. There’s a nice looking version of JG Ballard’s Drowned World out just now.

    Comment by duncancumming — August 30, 2008 @ 8:18 pm | Reply

  3. In the end I bought both World War Z and 1984, but only took World War Z on holiday. Good book, a review will be posted here later. I finished it and bought another book – Time: A User’s Guide by Stefan Klein, which I’m still reading.

    Comment by duncancumming — September 22, 2008 @ 7:47 am | Reply

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