Inconceivable (Ben Elton)

6 05 2010

048. Read 50 books (2/50) [more info]
049. Read 10 books that aren’t from the sci-fi or fantasy genres (1/10) [more info]

Recently my naturopath let me borrow the book Inconceivable from her bookshelf, commenting that it may help me come to terms with a few issues I’ve been going through. Since I’ve always been an avid reader (although, these days, not as much as I’d like — life can get in the way) the thought of reading about a couple’s fertility journey interested me, particularly written from a comedic point of view. (note: It’s also a movie called Maybe Baby, which I didn’t realise until a friend pointed it out to me – I plan on downloading it)

This tale had everything – it made me laugh, it made me cry, it hit home how irrational I’ve been about things at times (oops!) and I could relate to it a heck of a lot. Sure, it’s based in the UK but there are parallels to Australian life (and procedures). My hunch is that either the author and his wife went through an IVF journey, or he did an enormous amount of research on the topic (it lists in the foreword that he has twin children so it’s a likely possibility…).

However, what let the story down for me was the ending. The book went from being realistic quasi-realistic to quite unbelieveable. Maybe I was after a more fitting ending? Instead there was some Hollywood cheese (and not in the way that you think, when you look at the synopsis). I won’t spoil it for anyone, but it’s definitely worth a read. The book wasn’t even science-fiction and it hooked me right in.

And that’s a rarity.

Last and First Men (Olaf Stapledon)

13 02 2010

048. Read 50 books  [more info

My love affair with Olaf Stapledon’s First and Last Men started when I was a teenager, picking up his epic novel from the local library. I adored the concept of the book – the evolution of humankind upon our planet, written in the mid-1930s, but never finished it because of how complicated and difficult to read that it was (there are ‘cycles’ in each of man’s evolutionary career, most climaxing with breakthroughs in society, science or spirituality – before a plague/de-evolution; these cycles can be predictable and uninteresting at times).

Nevertheless, it was a book I put on my to-read-again-one-day list, when I was older, wiser (debateable!) and more receptive to the subject-matter. In November I found that a few paperback edition had been published, and used the end of a voucher given to me on my wedding day in 2008 to purchase it (along with a recipe book…but that’s a story for another day). Read the rest of this entry »

049. Read 10 books that aren’t from science-fiction or fantasy genres

22 01 2010

When will I have achieved this goal? When I have finished ten books that aren’t science-fiction or fantasy related. 

Why did I choose this goal? I’ll admit it, I’m narrow in my book selections sometimes – if it isn’t fantasy or science-fiction I’ll pass it by. This goal is in an attempt to broaden my reading, and counts towards my total of 50 books in the goal before.

048. Read 50 books

22 01 2010

When will I have achieved this goal? When I have finished 50 books and blogged about them. 

Why did I choose this goal? Another challenging but achieveable goal. I chose 50 and not 101 books because I read very long books (mainly science fiction or fantasy-based). Reading is another thing that falls by the wayside during the school year.