What our Readers are Reading
around and about that time:
‘jonathan strange and mr norrell,’ by susanna clarke
two by colin greenland, married to susanna clarke, ‘take back plenty’ and ‘finding helen’
one i hadn’t read by one of my very favorite SF/F guys, tim powers, ‘strange itineraries’
two children’s books by nicholas stuart gray, ‘grimbold’s other world’ and ‘over the hills to fabylon’
‘remake’ by connie willis (also one of my favorite SF/F writers)
‘tea from an empty cup,’ not one of pat cadigan’s best, but very
imaginative as always and she’s a good writer
a little more highbrow, ‘little black book of stories’ by a s byatt
and although this is way too journalistic/realistic for me, she’s a good writer and is now unfortunately deceased at a far too early age — marjorie williams, ‘the woman at the washington zoo’
i’ve just started to reread oryx and crake, atwood, b/c she’s coming to town next week and just found the copy of kazantzakis’ ‘saint francis’ that a friend gave me a year ago and i want to read that too, if that counts. also started to reread ‘the quincunx’ by charles pallister, really quite a remarkable feat and i’m torturing myself by not starting ‘lud-in-the-mist’ by hope mirrlees, which gaiman got reissued.
Best American Short Stories – 2005 – Loved Lehane,
Saunders, Lennon…not so much Bezmozgis and esp. not
Ovid – Selected Poems – yeah, he’s good
Anne Lamott – Traveling Mercies – her, too.
What Remains by Carole Radziwill and The Historian
Thomas Cahill’s Sailing the Wine Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter is a joyous read; any poetry of Szymborska draws me in & I’m trying to finish a novel by Shirley Hazzard, The Transit of Venus. Poetry accounts for about 65% of my reading.