Book Recommendations?

Surface Detail is great, as are The Player of Games and Excession. Surface Detail in particular tackles some very interesting moral questions.

I just finished Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. I enjoyed the way Murakami writes, but I take some issue with the way the narrator talks about the under age girl. I was thinking about starting 1Q84, but it gives a bit of a pause since it seems to have a female narrator. Does Murakami write women any better in his later novels?

Robear wrote:

Surface Detail is great, as are The Player of Games and Excession. Surface Detail in particular tackles some very interesting moral questions.

I came across this Culture books reading order a while ago. I really do need to get started! I will Consider Phlebas, but may not actually read it this year.

Robear wrote:

Surface Detail is great, as are The Player of Games and Excession. Surface Detail in particular tackles some very interesting moral questions.

Oh I strongly disliked Excession. Talk about not having a satisfying end.

EverythingsTentative wrote:

Does Murakami write women any better in his later novels?

Not in my experience (I haven't read all that many others, however).

Andy Weir's latest book, Project Hail Mary is definitely a return to form after the disappointing Artemis. I really enjoyed it. It combines all the "kludge clever sciencey solutions to urgent problems" stuff from The Martian, with a really interesting First Contact thing.

That's good to hear. I bounced off Artemis within 100 pages both times I tried to read it. IIRC, something about the way he wrote the main character really bothered me.

Agreed - writing from the POV of a woman without appearing in r/menwritingwomen is something 95% of male authors find impossible (percentage possibly a bit low). Weir did not avoid the usual pitfalls.

I'm nearly done with Sarah Gailey's _The Echo Wife_, and I have never wanted to send the narrator to therapy more than I have the narrator of this book.

It's psychological thriller/horror with a scifi veneer, about a woman in clone research who discovers her husband has stolen her research and cloned/conditioned a more suitable wife for himself.

I found it a little slow to ramp up, but the way things keep ramping up keeps pulling you through. But boy, could that narrator benefit with some (any) empathy and self-reflection.

If I were to compare it to anything, I'd say it's Gone Girl meets Stepford Wives. Cautiously recommended if you like thrillers, but mind your sensitivity to emotional trauma/abuse.

I just finished Project Hail Mary, and thought it was excellent. It's very much in the same vein as The Martian, but it's different enough to make a fun read, and I thoroughly enjoyed the first contact aspects. I think it would be a lot harder to make it into a blockbuster movie, but I'd definitely be interested in seeing it if they did.

Ok guys, you win. Wishlisted.

Malor wrote:

I just finished Project Hail Mary, and thought it was excellent. It's very much in the same vein as The Martian, but it's different enough to make a fun read, and I thoroughly enjoyed the first contact aspects. I think it would be a lot harder to make it into a blockbuster movie, but I'd definitely be interested in seeing it if they did.

Which is funny, because I thought the movie was a vast improvement on the book. The opposite is almost always the case.