>Scoop - Evelyn Waugh - A pleasant light read, breezily entertaining and pretty funny in >spots. Overall my impression of Waugh from the few novels of his I've read is that he's a >talented writer of light comedy, but most lauded by critics for his most "serious", >boring novel, Brideshead Revisited.
I read BR and then read Nick E's (I think it was his) post claiming the book was probably full of Catholic subtext, which I, like he, missed entirely.
That said I enjoyed Waugh's A Handful Of Dust, Vile Bodies and Scoop, all breezy but amusingly acidic comedies.
Scoop will sadly probably not be widely read anymore because of the casual racism (didn't really derail the book for me, but it's there.)
>The Stars, Like Dust - Isaac Asimov
All I read by Asimov was I, Robot, which I did like--very, VERY easy to read, but likeable.
>The Dain Curse - Dashiel Hammett
The second-best of his books, IMO. The Maltese Falcon is best, and although it's a hugely important book that I would never dissuade anyone from reading, Red Harvest is last. Yes, TDC is a totally ridiculous book, whose plot reminded me of Scooby-Doo when I was reading it, but what fun entertainment!!!
>Rabbit is Rich - These are all re-reads!
The Rabbit books are all pretty fascinating snapshots of the years they're set in. I remember the Krugerrands from this one. Yeah, let's all get into Krugerrands in 1979, and then in 200-whatever, we can have that South Park cash-4-gold episode! How times change!
Rabbit Redux, the best, is my favorite 60s book (book *about* the 60s, that is, it was published in 1971 I think.) Rabbit is a good everyman, but can be sort of a prick. Imagine a Rabbit series where his wife is intelligent and not the dumb b*tch Updike wantonly paired him up with. No wonder Rabbit wanted to run! NOTE: Rabbit At Rest, which was a little bloated IMO, was hugely acclaimed when it came out, although Updike's writings after that ended up mostly being ignored except for his little terrorist book he wrote around 2003-ish. Then he died and nobody really seemed to give a crap. RIP Updike, I did like what I read!
>Arguably - Christopher Hitchens - 700+ pages of essays written from 2000-2011. I can't help but wonder what he'd think of some of the >absurdities of 2018, Trump obviously. What a great loss of a writer and critical thinker. RIP "Why Women Aren't Funny," is actually >pretty funny.
I always kept this guy at SLIGHT arms' distance but his arguments could really be unbeatable a lot of the time, too. If he were still alive, the existence of the Trump administration would kill him. His head would explode at the sheer dumbness of it all.
When he died, his reputation was further sealed by the fact that all any of his critics could seem to come up with to say something negative upon his death was "eeewwww, he said politically incorrect things from time to time!!!"