Friday, May 30, 2014

May Reading Roundup

Most of May found me on the Big Island of Hawaii, and while there was ample time for reading, I spent most of the time hiking or exploring both sides of this beautiful island.  Still, it wasn't a bad month -- I'm just way behind on posting about what I read. Here we go:


Everland, by Rebecca Hunt 
Ruby, by Cynthia Bond (not yet posted)

The Case of the Sharaku Murders, by Katsuhiko Tamahashi
The Cage, by Kenzo Kitakata (not yet posted)
Cemetery of Swallows, by Mallock (not yet posted)
sadly, nothing in May (it really was a good month for just fiction)

weird fiction/horror/fantasy/sci-fi
The Revenants, by Daniel Mills (not yet posted)
The Complete John Thunstone, by Manly Wade Wellman

Now the rest:

1) Wishlisted books:
      A) Crime Fiction:
absolutely nada

       B) General/Literary Fiction
In the Light of What We Know, by Zia Haider Rahman

      C) The Weird, the Strange, the Supernatural, etc.
 The Complete Cabalistic Cases of Semi Dual, Occult Detector, Volume 1, by J. U. Giesy and  Junius B. Smith
Mayhem, by Sarah Pinborough 

      D) Nonfiction:
absolutely nada again

2) Books bought this month: 

      A) crime fiction 
 Plan D, by Simon Urban
Forty Days Without Shadow, by Olivier Truc
The Three Evangelists, by Fred Vargas
Dog Will Have His Day, by Fred Vargas
Black Eyes, Red Blood, by Kjell Eriksson

      preordered: The Front Seat Passenger, by Pascal Garnier

   B) general/literary fiction
 In Paradise, by Peter Matthiessen 
Arctic Summer, by Damon Galgut
Heaven and Hell, by Jon Kalman Stefansson
The Letter Bearer, by Robert Allison
Tower, by Avan Jesia

      preordered: Eyrie, by Tim Winton

      C) the weird, the strange, the supernatural, sci-fi etc
 Tales of Jack the Ripper, ed. Ross E. Lockhart
Glow, by Ned Beauman
The Snow-Image, and Other Stories of the Supernatural, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Terror Tales of the Seaside, ed. Paul Finch
Beyond the Pole and Other Weird Fantasies, by Philip Fisher
Sin's Doorway and Other Ominous Entrances, by Manly Wade Wellman
Psychomania, ed. Stephen Jones
Dark Matter, by Michelle Paver

      preordered: Fearful Symmetries, ed. Ellen Datlow

      D) nonfiction
nothing this time around 

3) Indiespensable, Book Passage Signed First Edition, and Politics and Prose Signed First Edition  books for this month:
Indiespensable: All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
Book Passage:  All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr  (yes -- they chose the same thing)
Politics and Prose:  Updike, by Adam Begley

4The book group read  Sandrine's Case, by Thomas H. Cook, which gave us a lot of interesting discussion points. 
5) Currently reading:
weird fiction: going back to Beyond the Pole and Other Weird Fantasies, by Philip Fisher
regular fiction: All the Birds, Singing, by Evie Wyld
nonfiction: getting back to  Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My Family, by Gabrielle Carey (halfway through)

this month I gave away 7 books! Thanks to all who gave them new homes.

That's it.  Sayonara.

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