October 16, 2005

Early November Pick: On Beauty

I just happened to be 50 pages into Good Omens when it was picked as October's book, and so for the first (and likely the only) time I'm done in the same month as when the book was chosen. I promise it won't happen again.

Anyway, I heard an interview/review of Zadie Smith (who also wrote White Teeth and The Autograph Man). On Beauty is her new book, and for anyone who liked White Teeth, this is supposed to be even better. Zadie Smith is a black Englishwoman of Carribean descent, who deeply loves E.M. Forster. She has used Howard's End as the structure for On Beauty.

Since I'm reading ahead, I'll scope out the book and see if there's too much swearing in the text, and if so maybe someone else can pick something else instead. I've looked at the county and city libraries in Salt Lake, and most copies are checked out. So if you put a copy on hold now it should be there for you by the time you're done w/ Good Omens (which I loved, by the way).

October 01, 2005

October's Book: Good Omens

Elisa says: The book I choose is "Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Terry
Pratchett. I've read some Terry Pratchett (and enjoyed it) and this is, by far,
the funniest I've read. What other book has the tribute, "The Apocalypse
has never been funnier." And what other book has Elvis flipping burgers
in an obscure burger joint. (He just staged his death.) Interesting sidenote:
There was talk of making the book into a movie and Jude Law was to play
the part of the demon Crawley. Unfortunately the movie fell through.

Anyway, to give you a taste, here is what is written on the back cover.
"We hear the world will end on a Saturday. Unfortunately, Sister Mary
Locquacious of the Chattering Order has misplaced the Antichrist."