Books 3/20/05

I finished Wake Up, Sir! by Jonathan Ames, which was quite funny and good. It was clever without being pretentious about it, and I enjoyed it. It’s the story of a 30 year old alchoholic struggling writer, who, after the death of both his parents and recieving a substantial monetary settlement for slipping on some ice, decides to hire a valet named Jeeves. Well, he doesn’t set out to hire one named Jeeves, that just sort of happens. And so do a lot of other things as he stumbles through traveling to a writers colony, dealing with the theft of a pair of slippers, and numerous blackouts on his way to sobriety. The question of Jeeves (like so many other Questions in the book) is handled really well, and while the book ended where it needed to, I wouldn’t have minded if it went on for chapters and chapters more.

I got partway through The Confessions of Max Tivoli, and then the similarity between it and Fitzgerald’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button got to me and I stopped. I’m not accusing anyone of anything, they’re obviously different stories- I just felt like I’d read it before, which is an uncanny feeling when you know there’s no way you could have.

Now I’m reading A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin, which a number of people have been telling me to read and I just now got to it. It’s good so far.

My reading count this month is really low, but since I got ahead earlier in the year I’m right on schedule.

Current total: 24
Just finished: Wake Up, Sir by Jonthan Ames
Currently reading: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

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