Sunday, June 29, 2014

June Reading Roundup

The summer read plan is progressing nicely, although with a lot more crime fiction and weird fiction/horror reading than I'd originally planned.  It doesn't matter, really -- summer reading is summer reading.  Getting down to business, I give you Part One of three months of very light summer fare:


A Replacement Life, by Boris Fishman

Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King
Morituri, by Yasmina Khadra
The Three Evangelists, by Fred Vargas
Dog Will Have His Day, by Fred Vargas
The Drowning Pool, by Ross Macdonald
The Summer of Dead Toys, by Antonio Hill (not yet posted)
The Good Suicides, by Antonio Hill (not yet posted)


weird fiction/horror/fantasy/sci-fi
Teatro Grottesco, by Thomas Ligotti (not yet posted)

Now the rest:

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

       B) General/Literary Fiction
The General of the Dead Army, by Ismail Kadare

       C) The Weird, the Strange, the Supernatural, etc.
 The Amazing Resurrection of Victor Frankenstein, by Thomas Ligotti
The Devil Is Not Mocked and Other Warnings: Selected Stories of Manly Wade Welllman, Volume 2, by Manly Wade Wellman 

      D) Nonfiction:
nothing again!

2) Books bought this month: 

      A) crime fiction 
  The Moving Target, by Ross Macdonald
The Bloody Spur, by Charles Einstein
Angelica's Smile, by Andrea Camilleri
Double Blank, by Yasmina Khadra
According to the Evidence, by Hugh Pendexter
The Farm, by Tom Rob Smith

      preordered: Moon in a Dead Eye, by Pascal Garnier

   B) general/literary fiction
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, by Eimear McBride
Summer House With Swimming Pool, by Herman Koch
In the Wolf's Mouth, by Adam Foulds
The Antiquarian, by Gustavo Faverón Patriau
Compartment No.  6, by Rosa Liksom
The Rise and Fall of Great Powers, by Tom Rachman
The Last Magazine, by Michael Hastings 
The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea, by Randolph Stow 

      preordered:  Outlaws, by Javier Cercas

      C) the weird, the strange, the supernatural, sci-fi etc. 
  Songs of a Dead Dreamer, by Thomas Ligotti
Pelican Cay and Other Disquieting Tales, by David Case
Tales of Moonlight and Rain, by Akinari Ueda
Fearful Rock & Other Precarious Locales: Selected Stories of Manly Wade Wellman, Volume 3, by   Manly Wade Welllman
The Elementals, by Michael McDowell
William Hope Hodgson (The Centipede Press Library of Weird Fiction)
Algernon Blackwood (The Centipede Press Library of Weird Fiction)
        preordered: The Whispering Swarm: Book One of The Sanctuary of the White Friars, by Michael Moorcock 

     D) Spy fiction
The Whitehall Mandarin, by Edward Wilson

      E) nonfiction
The Thomas Ligotti Reader, by Darrell Schweitzer

Assholes: A Theory, by Aaron James
Good Hunting: An American Spymaster's Story, by Jack Divine, with Vernon Loeb
J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist, by Thomas Beller
     preordered: In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeanette, by Hampton Sides

3) Indiespensable, Book Passage Signed First Edition, and Politics and Prose Signed First Edition  books for this month:
Indiespensable: #48 will be The Great Glass Sea, by Josh Weil  (and I can't freakin' wait!)
Book Passage:  We Are Called To Rise, by Laura McBride
Politics and Prose: 
The Snow Queen, by Michael Cunningham

4The book group read  Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune, by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Junior.  We liked it, but differed in our opinions about Huguette Clark's mental status at the time she was signing away her fortune to her nurse.

The group is on hiatus until the end of September, coming back with A Replacement Life, by Boris Fishman

5) Currently reading:
weird fiction: The Elementals, by Michael McDowell (Valancourt Press edition, 2014)
regular fiction:  In the Wolf's Mouth, by Adam Foulds (starting part two after an amazing part one)
nonfiction: nothing at the moment --
crime fiction: The Cold Cold Ground, by Adrian McKinty (Serpent's Tail)

 this month I gave away 11 books! Thanks to all who gave them new homes.

back to poolside lounging now -- it's a great day out there!

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