On Chesil Beach Ian McEwan
Interesting book about a young couple on their wedding night. They reflect on how they met, and internalize their fears about their first night together. There was definitely quality here, but the unfortunate thing, in my mind, is that the epilogue is the best chapter in the book. There's such a great sense of loss in this chapter, and the rest of the novel doesn't really have anything like that.
Barney's Version - Mordecai Richer
Wow is this ever a good book. So, in this world, someone has written an autobiography, in which Barney, our story's hero, is slandered. Barney sets out to write his own autobiography in order to set the record straight. He details his 3 marriages, his profession, his gambling, his loves... the story's non-linear, and that works fine, as it's just Barney remembering his remarkable life. This might be the finest piece of Canadian fiction I've ever read.
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom Cory Doctorow
You're supposed to love Doctorow, because he's the hero of free downloading or something, and he gives all his books away for free. This is about some people living in Disney World in the future, and a crime they're investigating. There's more to it than that, but overall I found his writing pretty average. It wasn't offensively bad or anything, or even just plain old regular bad, but it wasn't great, and it didn't leave me wanting to read any more of this books. Pedestrian might be the word I'm looking for.