Library “shopping”

24 08 2015

I chose my books as I do my normal shopping: first thing I look at that I like, it is almost always what I take.. it can be clothes, shoes or, in this case books to borrow!

Yesterday, I did not went further than the “new books table” at the entrance of the exposition section and found 3 books interesting either because of the author (Chuck Palahniuk, one of my favorite!) or just the front cover or front cover caption:

library "shopping"

new library entries.. and my selection!

..but none will be started before I finish “Infinite Jest”, the real challenge of this year! And I got less than 100 pages left..

Jonathan Trigell: wow!

19 03 2015

A few times in my reading experience I have liked so much a novel from an unknown (to me) author to the point to get back to the library and look for other books by him. Recently it happened for two science fiction writers, John Wyndham and Alastair Reynolds, but the genre makes it not surprising at all, since I have always been a passionate SF reader.

In the past, Stephen King, Haruki Murakami and Chuck Palahniuk have been the source of several hours spent devouring their books, but I had either being introduced to them by friends or movies. “Carrie” introduced me to King, and then Biella’s library, my hometown, when I was quite young, became the source of his works. For Palahniuk, it was in Norway, and I got curious after loving Fight Club, the movie and then the book. Murakami was on the other hand introduced by a good friend that lent me her copy of “Norwegian Wood”, and then I was just captured (to the point of having bought, borrowed, read everything translated in English except his very last book, “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage”, on my wish list!).

And then about one month ago at the library here in Utrecht I took “Genus”, third book by Jonathan Trigell. I did not start reading it at once, since I always take more than one book, and in addiction right now I am facing a huge challenge (1000+ pages) with “Infinite Jest“, book I face in small steps at the time (I got a copy in Italian and it i extra tough! One day I will try ot read it in English.. glorious book!). But then when I started Genus, I just.. finished it! And today I went to the library where I found both “Boy A” and “Cham” that I am pretty sure I will finish quite fast.

Funny to see that Wyndham, Reynolds and Trigell are all British authors: I must keep an open eye to this “school”. Certainly the style is really captivating. Trigell descriptive skills are really impressive. The story was good: I like the authors that build a parallel close future world without giving too many extra information than what strictly necessary for the book itself. It is not difficult also to imagine his book(s, probably) becoming movies: the events are vivid in his words. Very little distance from a script!

I think for this trip to Vienna this coming weekend (Shimizu sensei Aikido seminar) I will take with me “Boy A” and hit the book that made Trigell famous.. let’s see his work closer!

2014 of words

20 01 2015

A not bad English section in Utrecht library was what I needed for my various trips (the 1 hour or so bus to and from work as a start):

  • Robin Blake – A Dark Anatomy
  • John Wyndham – The Day of the Triffids
  • Brian W. Aldiss – Super State: A Novel of a Future Europe
  • Chuck Palahniuk – Damned
  • Mark Peterson – A Place of Blood and Bone
  • John Wyndham – Plan for Chaos
  • David Moody – Autums
  • Alastair Reynolds – Terminal World
  • Stephen King – Duma Key
  • Gary R. Hammond – The Cloud
  • Yukio MishimaForbidden Colours
  • Frank Devlin – Love in All the Wrong Places
  • Alastair Reynolds – The Prefect
  • Alan Dunn – Ice Cold
  • Alastair Reynolds – Galactic North
  • Richard Matheson – A Stir of Echoes
  • John J. Niven – The Second Coming
  • Chuck Palahniuk – Tell All
  • Joe Haldeman – The Accidental Time Machine
  • Gao Xingjian – Buying a Fishing Rod for my Grandfather
  • Xinran (Xuē Xīnrán) – Sky Burial
  • Various – The many faces of Van Helsing
  • Rachel Tresize – Sixteen Shades of Crazy
  • Justin Richards – The Death Collector
  • Harry Harrison – Make Room! Make Room!
  • Stephen King – Doctor Sleep

For the first time I have emphasized a couple of books worth extra mention..

Summer time

17 07 2014

Enjoying a summer evening in the park, after work, with a good book and a fresh drink….


Berlin 4:24am

5 04 2014

What a surprise, the train was not only on time but it was earlier…. Ze Germans!!! So “lucky” I am!!

“Some” time to kill before heading to the dojo for practice with Jorma Lyly, 6.dan, and meet quite a few of good friends…

Little breakfast now, more coffee soon waiting for Starbucks to open 🙂


Together with the first German coffee also one of the several books taken from Utrecht library: Yukio Mishima, another Japanese author that I think will start following me more in my trips…. Waiting to see when/if Murakami will publish something new….


2013 of words

8 02 2014

Never too late for some wrap ups, and after using a lot Amazon China I then moved back to Europe and enjoyed Utrecht library (given the super expensive membership fee of 50 €/year I have to read a lot!!):

  • Stephen King – The Dark Tower, Book6: The Song of Susannah
  • Stephen King – The Dark Tower, Book7: The Dark Tower
  • Frank Schätzing – The Swarm (2nd time, the 1st was in 2007, bought at Værnes, Trondheim Airport, on the way back to Oslo after some Aikido seminar up there.. home.. ah, good memories!)
  • Stephen King – Salem’s Lot (2nd time, 1st time in English!)
  • Dan Brown – Deception Point
  • Stephen King – The Stand (2nd time, 1st time in English as well!)
  • Bernard Minier – Il Demone Bianco (Glace) – during my about 2 months in Italy

..and then I moved to the Nethrlands and enrolled in Utrecht library (since 11/2013):

  • Michael Crichton – Timeline
  • Patrick Seth – Reviver
  • Ray Hammond – Extinction
  • Jeffery Deaver – The Burning Wire
  • Warren Fahy – Fragment
  • John WyndhamThe Chrysalids

I need to read!!

1 10 2013

After long time I went out to buy some books because I really feel the need to read.

Also it’s a long time I don’t read Italian books (translated from foreigner writers). This time I had a chance to buy some through my mum book club but I might buy some more from Italian writers!

Beside a thriller from some unknown (to me) writer, I got three discounted classics: