Jan. 4th, 2017

yuuago: (SSSS - Emil - Reading)
Finished reading: The Quiet by Anne-Marie Turza. Her style of poetry is not overall 100% to my taste (I won't be buying this volume) but she does have a lovely way with regard to turns of phrase and imagery. This volume contains a good deal of prose-poetry, which is not everyone's cup of tea, and it also contains some very minimalistic stuff, which... Ditto. Overall, "Black Cap Winter" is my favourite of the works in this one - Oh! I was able to find it as a preview on Google Books, over here. I've seen her work described as "skeletally surreal"; while this isn't a suiting description for all of it, it does apply to a good deal of it, so if you like that kind of thing, this might be worth a look.

Currently reading: Amsterdam: A history of the world's most liberal city by Russell Shorto. I was recommended this on the basis of the witty language and vivid setting descriptions and so on. On that front, it's delivering (so far). Must admit, it's making me want to write Hetalia fanfic, heh. As far as the actual history, though... Well, with this kind of thing - books about how such-and-such-place is the most whatever in the world, and so on - you have to take it with salt (maybe more than a pinch). It sure is colourful, though.

Reading next: I recently rewatched the film Rare Birds, and it made me want to re-read the novel it was based on - Edward Riche's humour novel by the same title, Rare Birds. It's been a while since I've read it, but I remember that it was an absolute delight (just like the film). It's lighthearted, and ridiculous, and features restaurants, birdwatching, homemade submarines, and secret governmental whatsits, all against a Newfoundland backdrop. ...Now, if only I could find my copy of it. I own two (one of them is signed!) but for some reason I can't find either of them.
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