two for today

An eclectic assortment of books has passed through here recently. There must be a trend in them, however, I’m not sure what it is. Below are two grouped together mostly because I’m perplexed about them. I didn’t enjoy them to the extend others have, and I’m not sure what to write about either. All I can really determine is that both fall under the popular heading, albeit different populars.

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional UniverseHow to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
by Charles Yu
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While Minor Universe 31 is not the universe I thought it was, I found Yu’s approach to writing this story novel and unique. It was a rough go, at times I didn’t quite appreciate the method, but I think Yu has something write.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson
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I’m not sure what to say for this one. I’ve heard the translation isn’t that good. I’ve heard it’s a good translation. I don’t know, but I found the English version okay for a fun escape read. I’ve heard it’s a movie (yeah, even I heard that). It’s interesting, multi layered, and I did stay up late to finish it, but I’m not sure what makes it really unique and a must read.

Have you picked up a book lately and been surprised (good or bad) by it?