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Reading Slothfully

I was told in elementary school that I only could read at half the speed for success in college. Oh well, one benefit of slow reading is you get to live with the characters a longer period of time. I read in a vain attempt to better understand people. At my other homes, I'm known as a spouse, pop, guy in the choir, physical chemist, computer/web dilettante and child-care provider. In theory, I'm a published author, if you consider stuff like Quenching Cross Sections for Electronic Energy Transfer Reactions Between Metastable Argon Atoms and Noble Gases and Small Molecules to count as publications. I've strewn dozens of such fascinating things to the winds.

Currently reading

A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
The Way Some People Die
Ross Macdonald
Envy of Angels
Matt Wallace
The Fellowship of the Frog
Edgar Wallace
Code of Conduct (The Jani Kilian Chronicles Book 1)
Kristine Smith
A Good Death
Christopher R. Cox
The Black Cargo
John P. Marquand
A Highland Christmas
M.C. Beaton
Tales from Moominvalley
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton
Moominland Midwinter
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton


1Q84 - Jay Rubin, Philip Gabriel, Haruki Murakami Murakami is awesome. So much so that I actually own all but a couple of his books. Even his What I Talk about when I Talk about Runningis worth owning. Having said that, 1Q84is not Murakami's best book ever, so it really deserves only a 5*- rating, not a full 5*. It's difficult to describe what makes Murakami work. His stories are mostly about ordinary people doing ordinary things. But, there's always something unreal that creeps into the stories, something a bit unreal in the characters and something unreal in their surroundings.

In this particular book, the characters, Aomame and Tengo, somehow slip into an alternate world in which, among other things, there are two moons. It takes a while to figure out that they aren't in the real world any longer. It takes a while to figure out what the relationship is between these two people whose lives we're following in alternate chapters. But taking these whiles to figure things out make for compelling reading. Eventually, it all makes sense, in some rather surreal way. A side effect of this book is that one will also find him- or herself compelled to find a recording of Janáček's Sinfonietta. So, to help you out, I've already provided a link.

If you've never read Murakami, perhaps you should begin with Wind Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, or Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. If you have read Murakami before, then why have you not read 1Q84yet?