I finally managed to pull together all the books that I purchased at The Strand.
Here they are:
Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
I first heard about this book through my Folio Society catalogue. Sunday Times calls it the funniest book ever written.
Cold Comfort Farm is the story of Flora Poste, who at the age of twenty finds herself destitute and forced to live her backwater relatives on the oddly named Cold Comfort Farm. I imagine this is one of those books that's soothing to read at night, with a cup of hot chocolate, near a roaring fire.
A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories - Ray Bradbury
The Unconsoled - Kazuo Ishiguro
I also really like this cover, and think its a fantastic pick for the novel.
The Tortilla Curtain - T. C. Boyle
I absolutely love Kate Atkinson, so I'm excited to try T.C. Boyle. (I know, not the soundest of logic, but it works more often than you'd expect).
I am very greatful to Ed Champion (The Bat Segundo Show) and Rick Kleffel (The Agony Column) for providing David and me with an ever growing lists of authors to read.
The Hollow Earth - Rudy Rucker
David wanted to read Rudy Rucker ever after listening to his interview on The Agony Column Audio Archive. Rudy Rucker sounds like a fascinating guy, so David was very happy to discover this at The Strand.
Blue Angel - Francine Prose
I have to confess that this is the only book that I regret picking up. The cover and synopsis pulled me in, but now after looking up a little info on the book, I'm not so sure that I will like it. Still you never know.
The End of Mr. Y - Scarlett Thomas
I was so happy to find a copy of this book at The Strand (it wasn't easy, and I nearly got trampled in the process) I have already finished it and would highly recommend it. Check out my review below for the synopsis.
Twilight of the Superheroes: Stories - Deborah Eisenberg
I'm currently reading this. Almost everyone gave it rave reviews.
I wasn't too fond of the title story ("Twilight of the Superheroes"), and thought the story was too ambiguous for its intentions, and somewhat contrived on the subject matter (9/11). I found the other story I have read "Like It Or Not" to be much more profound. I will write more on this collection in the future.