Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thursday Thoughts #3 - The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers and Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro


This week, I'm still working on reading Tim Powers' The Anubis Gates and have started Kazuo Ishiguro's Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall. I'm really enjoying The Anubis Gates. Powers wastes absolutely no time in jumping into his story, and I did feel that the main character was a little too easily swayed into joining the adventure (I don't want to go into details and spoil anything!) and then again the main character adapted a little too quickly to his predicament for my liking. But now that he is in the predicament, I feel the story is beginning to drag on a little bit and I wish that we could jump to the next plot point in the story. I'm sure that all of this is necessary for the actual movement of the story, but right now I just want to get into the real meat of the story.

Ishiguro's Nocturnes is definitely leaving something to be desired. The only other Ishiguro that I have read is Never Let Me Go, which was one of the most amazing books that I have read in a long time. I've gotten through the first two short stories in Nocturnes, and they both deal with situations that seem so ridiculously out of the realm of possibility that they verge on being completely unbelievable (not so much with the first story, but definitely with the second). I'll probably be finishing up the volume tonight, and unless something amazing happens with the last three stories, this certainly will leave me wondering if Never Let Me Go just happened to be a fluke of a good book from Ishiguro.



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2 comments:

Meghan said...

Oh, I don't think Never Let Me Go was a fluke! Nocturnes, rather, is just not really up to Ishiguro's standards. I'm a big fan of his and I didn't really like that collection as much as I wanted to like it. I would recommend another of his novels before you decide to stop reading him!

tapestry100 said...

Well, I'm glad to know that maybe Nocturnes is the fluke. I have Remains of the Day at home to read at some point, so maybe I'll give that one a try sooner than later and see how it compares to both books.

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