Monday, June 07, 2004

As promised, here's the link to the article on 50 essential contemporary reads, as nominated by the festivalgoers of Hay.

Also, I am compelled to bring this to people's attention: a very positive review of part 6 of Stephen King's Dark Tower opus, Song of Susannah. It does contain a whopping great spoiler, but that's okay as the reviewer tells you it's coming so you can skip the relevant paragraph. I didn't bother. The result is that I really want to start reading this series again (I stopped after entry 3, which was long-winded and slightly repetitive), if only to see what could be a marvellous literary trick. The final volume comes in September.

Bored? Want a good book to read? Turn off your computer (or possibly visit an on-line vendor), and rush out to buy a copy of Ian McEwan's The Comfort of Strangers . At a svelte 100 pages, it's a swift, single-sitting masterpiece.