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15 September 2010

Recommend me a book to read in fits and starts on my phone, please!
post by: xo at: 13:08 | 8 comments
Parameters: something I will feel glad that I read, in terms of quality or prestige or inspiration. Nothing too trendy, but contemporary is fine. Nothing too Post-modern... I am reading on a phone during baby's naptime, in 10-minute daily increments.
posted by xo 15 September | 13:11
Usual likes: Murakami, Chris Adrian, Amy Hempel, Steven Millhauser, Judy Budnitz. Oh yeah -- no short stories -- I want to read a big person book! And it must have a Kindle edition, or else I cant read it on my phone.
posted by xo 15 September | 13:14
Do you like travel writing? I always find that easy to dip in and out of.
posted by gaspode 15 September | 13:17
Yeah, I find since having kids, I really really prefer nonfiction, since it's much easier to pick up and put down. Are you looking for fiction only?
posted by flex 15 September | 13:24
Hmmm . . . Frannie and Zooey? So you can join the next MeTa book discussion?

Alternately, one of the awesome collections of short stories out there, including The Stories of John Cheever, and even the oldie but wonderful collections of O'Henry and Mark Twain.
posted by bearwife 15 September | 13:30
Gracious, sorry, didn't see you didn't want short stories. (Though my recommendations are definitely for grown ups.) I'd suggest you check out Kazuo Ishiguro, then, or Ian McEwan, or perhaps (one of my personal favorites) John Barth.
posted by bearwife 15 September | 13:35
Things I've read on my phone recently:

(Warning: I read crap. And I like it.)

John Dies at the End, by David Wong: A comic horror novel that started as an episodic web thingie, it's both funny and horrific. I think it's about to get made into a movie. Maybe too trendy? Maybe. But it's entertaining as hell.

The Atrocity Archives, by Charles Stross: The Great Old Gods versus the unspeakable horror of the IT department. An early Stross work consisting of two related Laundry novellas. They handle interdimensional incursions by brain-sucking beasts from beyond so you don't have to.

The Ask, by Sam Lipsyte: Academic satire a la David Lodge. Well-drawn characters and believable problems, wry wit. A middle-aged guy gets a case of the cudda-wudda-shuddas while coping with job and family trouble.

The Passage, by Justin Cronin: An epic postapocalyptic vampire novel, first in a planned trilogy (I think). I make no apologies. I enjoyed the whole damn thing, and will buy the next volume the minute it comes out.
posted by BitterOldPunk 15 September | 14:04
any short stories by Alice Munro.
posted by By the Grace of God 17 September | 12:52
Back in Black (cover) || Every home needs a Harvey