Monday, April 11, 2005

Books books books

Got me three new paperbacks from Waterstones. All from their 3 for 2 offer. Spring (still stuttering) is finally here and my PDA is useless to read in the sun, so I rather have the paperbacks for daylight reading when I am relaxing in the park of by the beach. I started reading Archangel but all the Russian names were really confusing which is a fuckin' arse when trying to read in the park full of kids running by creating noise and dogs who wants to play fetch. I will try later in quieter surrounding.

Robert Harris - Archangel

Synopsis (from Amazon)
Robert Harris's international bestseller has now been made into a major BBC film starring Daniel Craig. When historian Fluke Kelso learns of the existence of a secret notebook belonging to Josef Stalin he is determined to track it down, whatever the consequences. From the violent political intrigue and decadence of modern Moscow he heads north - to the vast forests surrounding the White Sea port of Archangel, and a terrifying encounter with Russia's unburied past.

Yann Martel - Life of Pi

Synopsis (from Amazon)
The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.

The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them "the truth." After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional--but is it more true?

Joseph Finder - Paranoia

Synopsis (from Amazon)
Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low-level employee who hates his job at a high-tech corporation. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a federal crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison - or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor. It's no choice at all. Adam is trained for his 'mission' and fed inside information when he lands a top job with the rival company. But then he finds that he has talents he never knew he possessed. He's rich, drives a Porsche, lives in a fabulous apartment, and is dating the girl of his dreams. All he has to do is betray everyone he cares about and everything he believes in...


Yun said...

Life of Pi is a really good read. Although it was boring at first, it got interesting as the story continued on. Enjoy!

xar said...

Agreed. It gets pretty weird but wonderful towards the middle and the end. Wonder if there's any additional underlying meanings to it?

Jon said...

I have been meaning to purchase that book for some time. Heard that it is very similar to the adult/children's book A Curious Incident with the Dog in the Night-time which I enjoyed (due to the underlaying theme of autistic children).


xar said...

Yeah, I've read 'A Curious Incident...' before as well. IMO, it's much darker than Life of Pi. LOP is quite an uplifting book.