Bookish Thoughts

You can find meanness in the least of creatures, but when God made man the devil was at his elbow. A creature that can do anything. Make a machine. And a machine to make the machine. And evil that can run itself a thousand years, no need to tend it.”
― Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West

Call Me Ishmael

I just finished a book last night… finished one for a Science Fiction Book Club that meets this Saturday. It wasn’t very good – though, in the end, I sort-of liked it… interesting… all though it wasn’t very well written.

So I was thinking… make a list of my favorite novels – maybe ten… ten Desert Island Novels. Right off the top of my mind, three stand out.

  1. Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy

I love McCarthy and this is his Magnum Opus. I’ve been working through a five hour YouTube summary/review of the book, it reminds me how amazing and horrible the thing is:

2. Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon

I have written about this novel often – for example, It was the first novel I read with my Difficult Read Book Club

3. Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell

This one took me by surprise – an innovative structure – it packs a wallop over time. It really resonated with me. I remember when I read it, I thought it was unfilmable – then they made the movie and I discovered I was right.

Three down… seven to go. I have two pages of notes… I’ll edit them down and type them up tomorrow.