I must check out Current Events then. Full of Djingis Khan / Sarah Palin supporters I guess?
Bankers are of course blood-suckers and wouldn't know about the plight of the common man.
12. Blind Willow, Sleeping woman
Murakami short story collection. Several stand outs, several repeats (the beginning of Norweigan Wood seems to have been a previously published short story), several terrible stories (monkey transmutation, etc). Murakami's best is still the slightly mysterious or unabashedly romantic, and his weird, fantastical works are generally weak and disengaging.
Wouldn't recommend this over his novels - everything felt undeveloped, or just dull.
13. White Noise
Boring. No idea why this is a popular or lauded book. Seriously felt like every page was a chore - nothing grabbed me or interested me at any point of this novel.
Mum dropped this round - it's a book that's part of a series my brother and I read 11-12 years ago. Shameless indulgence. Lovely YA fantasy with strong female characters and a unique magic system. I love this writer (Garth Nix) because most of his work is a lovely coming of age story, so not so much melodrama around saving the world and epic quests, but more coming to terms with responsibility and maturity by overcoming a relatively small problem.
I think I'll duck home and grab the other four and read them - I smashed this one out in a day and it was great.
15. Off the Rails
A story about two Australians (Tim and Chris) that ride recumbent bikes from Russia to China - 10,000km, in the year 2000. A beautifully written, totally honest and really quite exciting read. The authors alternate chapters, so the writing does not become stale. They both have interesting perspectives, and I have really enjoyed this. They consistently repeat that others' perspectives that 'this is impossible' or 'ill advised' were uninformed, and there exists something quite affirming about two broke, starving, inexperienced 20 year olds riding through one of the largest and harshest landmasses on the plant - warts and all.
I didn't just enjoy this, but actually found it quite inspirational.