Monday, September 22, 2008

Bibliophibians

Bibliophibians (n.pl) - those who are drowning in books to the extent they develop special gills.

I loved this cartoon by David Maliki at Wondermark.com [found via and via]. (Go to website to see full size.)


Speaking of drowing in books - what are you reading now?

My current reads are 1) Lionel Shriver's harrowing We Have to Talk About Kevin which is our book club pick and 2) Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash which young Ted recommended to me one day in Kinokuniya when I said I fancied reading some more William Gibson. Who'da thought I would love cyberpunk? It's amazing what becoming a resident in a metaverse does to you.

More about both later, as well as about other stuff recently read and still being read around these two picks.

28 comments:

Jordan said...

I have ADD, so I can't read one book at a time. I'm currently reading:
Evening is the Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan(just loving it too), The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, The Summer that Never Was by Peter Robinson, and Fool's Gold by Frederick Lees.

june said...

William Gibson is good - one of his major characters became my online moniker for many years... "cayce"..

Currently reading Madame Bovary. I've also recently finished off Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book" - the title is a homage to the "Jungle Book". Highly anticipated, and due to be released in the States by the end of the month I think. The book is about a boy whose parents are killed, and is adopted by the occupants of a graveyard (as opposed to the animals in a jungle) and raised by them. Highly recommended!

mel said...

Just completed 'The Gift of Rain'. Now reading 'The End of the Affair' (Graham Greene).

thegrouch said...

I have multiple backpacks and always forget to stash the current book in the right one so I'm always reading a couple simultaneously:

Don't Tell Mom I Work on the Rigs (she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse) - Paul Carter

Grand Canyon: Solving Earth's Grandest Puzzle - J.L. Powell

Polgara the Sorceress - David and Leigh Eddings

Amir said...

Just bought Roberto BolaƱo's The Sad Detectives as it was highly recommended by a sexy Mexican friend, who said it's the best Spanish-language novel of the past 2 decades. But the book is too big, so I am reading a PG Wodehouse I got second-hand yesterday instead.

Damyanti said...

I'm struggling through "The Rice Mother" in Italian, cos my Italian teacher loves it and thinks it is a simple book(!), hope to finish it by next year :)

In the meanwhile, read "The Pleasing Hour" by Lily King over the weekend, and found it light but well-written. Am now starting on Saul Bellow's "Seize the Day", and finding it just a tad depressing. Simultaneously trying to finish "Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What it Says About Us)" by Tom Vanderbilt.

Sufian said...

Amir,

Savage Detectives lah...

I've just finished Murakami's What I think about When I Think About Running.

Anonymous said...

Damyanti, tell your Italian language teacher that The Gift of Rain is also in Italian. :La Donna Venuta Dalla Pioggia"...

What's The Rice Mother called in Italian?

animah said...

Ooo, now I want to read the new Gaiman and Murakami.

Am reading The Drowned Book, Bahauddin the father of Rumi. Really Cool book.

Anonymous said...

Sure you're not buying books because there's a tax exemption ? :) also nothing says "nobility" like wall-to-wall bookshelves (and a crest!) :)

Chet said...

Life at 50 - for women
The Secrets of Tofu
New IKEA catalog

jawakistani said...

Hari Kunzru's Transmission and The Ordinary Seaman (cant remember the author's name).

Since you're reading Snow Crash and have expressed a certain amount of interest in Stephenson I suggest you move on to one of his greatest works - Cryptonomicon. Snow Crash is okay but Crypt is better.

jawakistani said...

is it just me....i cant finid any graham greene books? any ideas where to find em...and if you know second hand ones that would be even better.

i'm on a tight budget.

bibliobibuli said...

jawikistani - i have a few but very tatty old copies and you can borrow. otherwise try skoob Old Town, P.J. (Lot 122 & 123 Menara Mutiara Majestic, Jalan Othman)

and yes, someone else told me that Cryptonomican is better

Amir said...

Oh yes, savage! I was sad because I was hungry.

puteri kamaliah at-tarawis said...

sighh.. I am struggling to finish even one book this fasting month. Just can't seem to concentrate. Keep losing the plot and had to backtrack time and again. My usual quota is a book a week (I hv THAT much free time.. heheheh). Now half-way through "A Child's Book of True Crime" by a young Aussie writer named Chloe Hooper.

marineko said...

which William Gibson did you read? i've only read Idoru, which I found so-so, but my customers keep telling me to read Pattern Recognition...

right now I just finished Peter Cameron's "Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You" and Paul Magrs "Exchange." The first, I'd recommend to anyone who enjoyed Catcher in the Rye. The latter is an interesting book for anyone who loves books :)

bibliobibuli said...

marineko - i read "idoru" and really loved it! keeps replaying in my head

Damyanti said...

To anonymous:

The Italian is "Madre del Riso". Only confusion is that in Italian "riso" also means "laughter"!

I will definitely pass on your recommendation to my teacher.
To those who are reading Murakami's new book, where is it available?

bibliobibuli said...

i want murakami's new book too!

Damyanti said...

My friend is in Dallas and will be back next week...I've asked her to get to the new Murakami book in desperation:).

bibliobibuli said...

kinokuniya should have it.

Anonymous said...

Not Madre del Risotto? :-)))

Damyanti said...

I'll make a beeline for Kinokuniya the minute I'm back in town...

To Anonymous

Risotto is when rice is cooked into a dish, so no, "Madre del Riso" is what it has to be:)

cycads said...

I'm not reading any books at the moment, because I can't find the money to buy them! Though top on my book wish list are 'Aya', a graphic novel by Marguerite Abouet; sort of like a sentimental version of 'Persepolis' but set in Ivory Coast. The other is 'From reverence to rape: treatment of women in the movies' by Molly Haskell to feed my film theory curiosity.

savante said...

Right now? The Man with the Golden Torc by Simon R Green.

june said...

yup - new Murakami book in Kino for 20% off

Anonymous said...

Books I am reading/starting/just finishing:

-That Old Ace in the Hole by Annie Proulx I think she is a powerful writer, like all her work but prefer her (& most author's) novels to the short stories.

-Can't wait to read Marilynn Robinson's new book Home- she is a literary Goddess.

-Just read "Foreign Affairs" by Allison Lurie. insightful and humorous, about a plain woman of a certain age and her affairs

NONFICTION

The Blank Slate STephen Pinker just starting, know it will be very interesting but keep getting into the novels first

No Mind Left Behind Adam Cox a book about executive functions (child development)very readable, informative and true, realistic & compassionate toward children

Whoopis Big Book of Manners (a book FOR children), previewing before bringing to school-very cute and useful I think.

Perfect Madness by Judith Warner- haven't begun reading this but looks quite interesting.

Freakonomics I am the last person on the planet who hasn't read this yet, looking forward to it but after Black Swan and Blink wanted to pause and let things digest!