Friday, June 15, 2007

Some books

Since I arrived in Ann Arbor, exactly three weeks ago, I have already read 4 books. I like to read, but never did anything like this before. When I get home I usually don't have anything to do, but read something or watch TV. Sometimes I just watch TV, but most of the time, there is really nothing worth my time on the TV, and I start to read something.

The books I have read since I arrived are:
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude (portuguese version) - Gabriel Garcia Marquez;
  • Pattern Recognition (portuguese version) - William Gibson;
  • Neuromancer - William Gibson;
  • Outbound Flight (Star Wars) - Timothy Zahn.
For the first book, I have only one comment: Read!

Pattern Recognition is an interesting book, about a girl who is allergic to brands and corporate logos, and is a "cool-hunter". The story is much more than that. There is some snippets of film footage being placed at various locations on the Internet, and this film is accumulating a growing fanbase. People trying to speculate about the artist's true motivations, methods, and inspirations. And this girl, called Cayce Pollard, is one of these fans. The main plot is about Cayce trying to find out the true identity of the film's author. A good book, but I was a little disappointed in the end.

Neuromance have been written by the same author of Pattern Recognition, but is a lot better than that. I recommend it to all my Shadowrun fellows, and anyone who likes some Cyberpunk stuff. It is a very good book. It was written in 1984, but the author had a good vision of things to come in the future, and maybe even defined some of the cyberpunk concepts. A worth read!

And the last one, that I finished yesterday, is "Outbound Flight". It is a Star Wars book, and it tells the story of Outbound Flight, a mission in the time of the Galactic Republic that was sent to explore another galaxy. The best thing is that the book was written by Timothy Zahn, the guy who wrote the best Star Wars books that I have read (The Thrawn Trilogy, and The Hand of Thrawn Duology) and this book is like a prequel of his other books. And we also have Commander Mitth'raw'nuruodo, the blue guy with glowing red eyes, yet as Commander of the Chiss Expansionary Fleet. A very good book that I recommend to any Star Wars fan!

Next in the list are The Avatar Trilogy books.


Breno said...

Pra você ver, as pessoas não ganham o Prêmio Nobel sem motivo. Mas na minha opinião o melhor livro do Gabriel Garcia Marques é o "Ninguem escreve ao coronel".
A propósito, como vai você?

Marcelo Para' said...

Então você gostou do final? hein? hein? e as formigas? hahaha

GH of Xaos said...

Cara, muito bom o final realmente!! Voce tinha razao! Otimo livro!!