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In an attempt to find some good reading

I'm flip flopping about what to be reading now. What I really want are brilliant books, books I can't put down. But authors like Charlaine Harris and Jo Clayton are so rare that I find I actually slow down when I read their books, deliberately setting them aside so I can draw out the experience.

I've picked back up the Alain de Botton book "Pleasures and Sorrows of Work" that I sat aside while I was on vacation (where I voraciously consumed Dancer's Rise by Clayton - really hope I've got book 2 in that series!) due to its weight, and I've just had a new book show up, Scarlett Thomas's "Popco" ("a grown-up adventure of family secrets, puzzles and the power of numbers") that I bought solely because her previous book was 100% amazing ("The End of Mr. Y," best book I've ever got out of a hotel's travel library). I'm still waiting for Stross' Saturn's Children to show up, but sadly the first book of the Camilleri Sicilian mysteries ("The Shape of Water") won't be coming at all as the US seller (Thriftbooks) either lost their copy or decided it didn't want to bother mailing it to the UK. I suspect the thing to do would be to read the new China Mieville book, which is supposed to be a mystery, but I didn't feel like committing to a hardback - they're so unpleasant to carry around.

On the other hand, carrying around a book that's unpleasant to read is also no fun, which is why Tristam Shandy is now languishing at home. I want to keep up with my plan of consuming the classics on the commute - perhaps Wuthering Heights should be next? I sure haven't found anything as good as Madame Bovary recently, that's for sure.

And the final element: I'm trying to actually finish all the books I've started, unless I decide (like Tristam) I don't want to read it. I've got six books that are more or less in progress right now. The David Sedaris book I'm stretchig out; everything else just got put aside in favor of something better. I'm bad.

To end: I have three books needing to be passed on: Vesuvius Club (might just read it again); #1 Ladies Detective Agency; and The Scent of the Night, a Camilleri mystery. Actually, they're all mysteries. Anyone need these, anyone I'd be likely to see in the next month?


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Jun. 5th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
I vote Wuthering Heights
I love that book so much. I've read it many, many times. I even included a chapter on it in my thesis :)

If you haven't gotten my package in the mail yet and there is room, I'd take #1 Ladies. I've been meaning to read it for a while now.
Jun. 6th, 2009 11:00 am (UTC)
Re: I vote Wuthering Heights
I don't like to mail books with regular packages - they up the weight too much, best to send them book rate by themselves.
Jun. 5th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
Try these...
Patricia Briggs, Moon Called (shapeshifter VW mechanic in WA Tri-Cities has adventures with werewolves and vampires; currently 4 books, plus 2 in a related series. And the best part is the books keep getting better)

C. E. Murphy, Urban Shaman (pragmatic mechanic/police officer in Seattle discovers shamanic talent; currently 3 books in the series)
Jun. 5th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Try these...
Those sound good!

I've got this idea for combining all of my interests into one big lump and writing a Victorian vampire mystery novel (with a love interest) - think it would go over well? :-)
Jun. 5th, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Try these...
Greatly enjoyed Urban Shaman, though not my usual sort of thing - author mizkit is a friend.
Jun. 5th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Try these...
So what would you recommend to me, knowing I like Proust and Flaubert but hate Thomas Hardy?
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Jun. 5th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
I'll put that on my wish list. :-)
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