Monday, October 31, 2011

October Reading Roundup

Greetings from Seattle! It's cool and crispy here outside, the perfect weather for reading because I'm not spending a lot of time outside. Sadly, because this is a family visit, the only reading/thinking time I'm getting is just before dropping off to sleep at night because there's so much going on inside.  Oh well. Plenty of time for reading when I get home.

Tough month! So much going on, so many books I wanted to read and didn't get to, but the ones I did read were awesome. Let's get to it, shall we?

 Here's the summary:

translated general fiction
Aside from the crime fiction, once again, nada.

fiction from India
Jimmy the Terrorist, by Omair Ahmad
The Thing About Thugs, by Tabish Khair

fiction from Nigeria
The Hangman's Game, by Karen King-Aribisala (read, not yet reviewed -- coming shortly)

fiction from the U.S.
Partitions, by Amit Majmudar
The Submission, by Amy Waldman (read, not yet reviewed -- coming shortly)

Death in the City of Light, by David King
12 Who Don't Agree, by Valery Panyushkin

scandinavian crime fiction
Cell 8, by Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström 
The Unlucky Lottery, by Hakan Nesser 
The Inspector and Silence, by Hakan Nesser 

japanese crime fiction
The Devil's Disciple, by Shiro Hamao (actually finished in September, but review posted in October)
latin american crime fiction
 The Secret in their Eyes, by Eduardo Sacheri (read, not yet reviewed -- coming shortly)
other book-related stuff:
1) my book group read  The Submission, by Amy Waldman.  As I suspected, the book elicited a good discussion, but half the group was underwhelmed. Next month: Hemingway's A Moveable Feast

2) Added to the Amazon wishlist this month: (once again, some pretty obscure stuff!):
Down the Rabbit Hole, by Juan Pablo Villalobos
Bones, by Chinjerai Hove
The Return of Captain John Emmett, by Elizabeth Speller
The People's Train, by Thomas Keneally
Stillness of the Sea, by Nicol Ljubi
 Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan, by Jake Adelstein
The Good Muslim, by Tahmima Anam
Arabian Sands, by Wilfred Thesiger
The Revisionists, by Thomas Mullen

3) Books bought this month:

 Bharathipura, by U. R. Ananthamurthy
Monkey Man, by Usha K.R.
Street in Srinigar, by Chandrakanta
The Dark at the End, by F. Paul Wilson
Nanjing Requiem, by Ha Jin
The Quarantine Papers, by Kalpish Ratna
Tierra del Fuego, by Francisco Coloane
The Warmth of Other Sons by Isabel Wilkerson

October was pretty uneventful as reading or buying books goes.  November and December I'm spending time catching up on books published in 2011 -- among which are at least 3 rather weighty tomes:  Peter Nadas' Parallel Stories, Murakami's 1Q84, and Eco's Prague Cemetery.   Along with those, I'm hoping to finish the books on the shortlist for the  DSC Prize for South Asian literature (and some from the longlisted books as well).  As always, we'll see what happens.  My best laid plans generally fall short as life occurs around my reading.

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