Reading update: Geek Love, Sixteen Pleasures, Cutting for Stone, My Stroke of Insight, Moses : A Life

Geek Love: A Novel by Katherine Dunn.

Weird quirky book…might be too strange for some tastes…along the order of a John Irving novel, but not quite as tight. People who like A Prayer for Owen Meaney  (one of my all time favorites) would like this book. Definitely a fun read.

The Sixteen Pleasures: A Novel by Robert Hellenga.

Well written, but a bit dated. Had some problems identifying with the heroine in the beginning and then I realized the author was a man…aHA!

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.

Fabulous fabulous fabulous book. A grand exotic international adventure from start to finish. It is not related at all, but it brings to mind the Kite Runner because of the scope and exotic flavor of it all. Read it.

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor.

This is the story of Taylor’s recovery from a stroke which disabled her to the degree where she had to relearn to walk, talk and everything else. She does recover and goes back to her job as a brain scientist. The interesting part about this book is the information she imparts on the left and right brains. We really are two people fused together like Siamese twins. I shall have more to say about this in Everything IS. Recommend.

Currently reading: Moses, A Life, by Jonathan Kirsch.

So far it is completely engrossing. I had no idea that Moses was such a controversial figure and that he was mostly a man of myth: Moses the Mainly Mythical Man. That’s what I would have named the book. I’ll let you know if Mr. Kirsch keeps me as interested as I am right now all the way to the end.

And OK OK, I read a few thrillers: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson, and the two sequels that follow.

It’s a trilogy, though each book feels like a finished work until you read the next book and find all things connected. It won’t ever be more than a trilogy since Stieg Larson died after the third book. I think I could have handled a fourth book, but probably not much more. The movie for the first book is out; it is in Swedish with English subtitles. I haven’t seen it  yet, but have heard good things about it. The heroine is a 90 pound Swedish photographic memory bi-sexual goth computer hacker super good dirty fighter with a dragon tattoo. Would someone please make a Haiku from that sentence?

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