Moving to London and a list of Londoniana books

That’s right, the blog’s den has moved to London and it finally has an official address. In keeping with local tradition, as I am writing this short post the rain is pouring outside our pretty flat. I love this city (despite the weather) and the next year will surely be exciting, there is just so much to take in and explore here. Museums, markets, gardens, pubs, random walks in unfamiliar neighborhoods, concerts, plays, whatnot. Hopefully finances will suffice to go see a couple of Gunners games, too. And lots of rain, of course.

I hope to be able to keep the blog active, despite the busy year ahead. Computer science, reading, writing and exploring London sounds great, hope I can pull it off. In fact, I’m planning to combine some of these. Hence this list of books about/in/of/for/under/before/after London that I am compiling, all marked as “to read and reread in the future”:

Peter Ackroyd – London: The Biography, Hawksmoor

Martin Amis – Money, London Fields

Anthony Burgess – A Clockwork Orange

G. K. Chesterton – The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare

Joseph Conrad – The Secret Agent

Charles Dickens – Oliver Twist, Bleak House, A Tale of Two Cities

Michael De Larrabeiti – The Borribles Trilogy

Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere

Graham Greene – The End of the Affair

Nick Hornby – Fever Pitch

Aldous Huxley – Brave New World

Henry James – The Princess Casamassima, What Maisie Knew

John le Carre – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Doris Lessing – The Four-Gated City

Hilary Mantel – Wolf Hall

China Mieville – UnLunDun

Michael Moorcock – The Cornelius Quartet, Mother London, King of the City

George Orwell – 1984, Down and out in Paris and London

Terry Pratchett – Dodger

Thomas Pynchon – Gravity’s Rainbow

Edward Rutherfurd – London (still not sure about this one)

Salman Rushdie – The Satanic Verses

Lynn Shepherd – Tom-All-Alone’s

Dan Simmons – Drood

Zadie Smith – White Teeth (although I tried to read it once and gave up after 50 pages or so), NW

Neal Stephenson – The Baroque Cycle

Virginia Woolf  – Mrs. Dalloway

I know the blog hasn’t had many comments yet, but any recommendations will be greatly appreciated. 🙂

So anyway, if anybody from around here happens to be a reader of this modest critical corner, I’d be more than happy to share some drinks in their company. Also, here is something interesting that is apparently organized by the fantasy and science fiction society at Imperial College:

Picocon 2013

The guests of honor are definitely worth it!

Cheers!

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3 comments on “Moving to London and a list of Londoniana books

  1. Tomcat says:

    Congratulations on the move!
    I’m not sure if you’re particularly interested in historical London, but Lynn Shepherd’s recent literary crime mashup “Tom-All-Alone’s” (Published as ‘The Solitary House’ outside the UK, I think), is a great London novel. As for Zadie Smith, her new book ‘NW’ is much more London-centric/specific than White Teeth, so you could give that a try? 🙂

    • Random says:

      Thanks, Tom! I’m actually very interested in historical London, just haven’t researched enough which are the really good books. I’ll definitely look at both you recommended. 🙂

  2. Smith Rosa says:

    Congratulations on the move!and Welcome to London – The best city to live in in London is Ealing – I recently move into the area with the help of Man and Van London – and I am falling in love with it each day.

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