Book Recommendations?

Late to the party, I'm sure, but "The Yiddish Policeman's Union" is a rollicking, colorful alternate history book that is well worth reading for SF fans. I grew up in a heavily Jewish area that is occasionally mentioned in the book and it's both scandalous and exhilarating for me.

Although the author is Jewish, some people might be sensitive to the language used throughout.

Robear wrote:

Late to the party, I'm sure, but "The Yiddish Policeman's Union" is a rollicking, colorful alternate history book that is well worth reading for SF fans. I grew up in a heavily Jewish area that is occasionally mentioned in the book and it's both scandalous and exhilarating for me.

Although the author is Jewish, some people might be sensitive to the language used throughout.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, also by Chabon, is perhaps even more excellent, though not as sci-fi.

Definitely have that on the list too.

Both of those are excellent, I also enjoyed Summerland a great deal, despite not knowing (nor caring) about baseball.

Brian McClellan recently had Scott Lynch (Lies of Locke Lamora etc) on his podcast.

https://youtu.be/UDLc3WVKAyk

Spoiler:

tl;dr on Gentlemen Bastards series is that a complete draft of book 4 has been done for years but Lynch has some crippling mental health issues preventing it from moving forward.

Just started 1Q84 and Murakami is back at it. Within the first three chapters there is an underage lesbian sex scene and an adult lusting for a teenage girl. Am I about to read about how a grown man takes a girl's virginity on her 18th birthday or a man patting himself on the back for not sleeping with the teenage girl trying to seduce him? Either one is possible. I heard he got better about this in his later books.

EverythingsTentative wrote:

Just started 1Q84 and Murakami is back at it. Within the first three chapters there is an underage lesbian sex scene and an adult lusting for a teenage girl. Am I about to read about how a grown man takes a girl's virginity on her 18th birthday or a man patting himself on the back for not sleeping with the teenage girl trying to seduce him? Either one is possible. I heard he got better about this in his later books.

I haven't read any of his fiction, but I can definitely say that What I Talk About When I Talk About Running had none of that. Thankfully.

EverythingsTentative wrote:

Just started 1Q84 and Murakami is back at it. Within the first three chapters there is an underage lesbian sex scene and an adult lusting for a teenage girl. Am I about to read about how a grown man takes a girl's virginity on her 18th birthday or a man patting himself on the back for not sleeping with the teenage girl trying to seduce him? Either one is possible. I heard he got better about this in his later books.

I've been hearing bits and pieces of Murakami's obsessions in the erotic arena. Do you think he is seriously trying to titillate or mocking the traditional Japanese male proclivities?

Spoilered because NSFW but it's not terribly graphic

Spoiler:
She had a slender build, in proportion to which her full breasts could not help but attract attention. They were beautifully shaped as well. Tengo had to caution himself not to look down there, but he couldn't help it. His eyes moved to her chest as if toward the center of a great whirlpool.
Each held out a finger and touched the other's clitoris. Both girls had experienced masturbation--a lot. But now they saw how different it was to be touched by someone else.

All the girls are again underage. I don't know why that had to be stated. The second one is just the character recalling her first female interaction. There is no reason that couldn't have occurred in college instead of high school. It would have made no difference.

But to answer your question, I dunno. All I know is it makes me feel weird.

Natus wrote:

Do you think he is seriously trying to titillate or mocking the traditional Japanese male proclivities?

Whenever I find myself asking this question, I remind myself of the old saying: nobody's ever masturbated ironically.