How appropriate this little piece of art is at the moment, since I am currently reading McCarthy's Blood Meridian with my online group. I've only just started chapter five but without a doubt, it's definitely the best book I've read this year. Forget those lists of 2014 favorites I've been writing about -- Blood Meridian blows them all away. I'll be hard pressed to find another book that I love this well over the next year.
down to business now. The books I was well in the mood to read in November are:
the demon who peddled longing, by Khanh Ha
A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki
This Dark Road to Mercy, by Wiley Cash
Dark Prophecy, by Marjorie Alan
Postscript to Poison, by Dorothy Bowers
Build My Gallows High, by Geoffrey Homes
Rustication, by Charles Palliser
Double Indemnity, by James M. Cain
The Disunited States, by Vladimir Pozner
Childhood: The Biography of a Place, by Harry Crews
Revival, by Stephen King
Our Lady of Pain, by John Blackburn (Valancourt ed.)
other stuff in my reading life this month
the smaller book group just read A Tale for the Time Being this month -- again, the grumbles about detail.
Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy -- I have to say that the people in my online group are incredibly intelligent and insightful, and it makes for an excellent reading experience.
Moriarity, by Anthony Horowitz
that's it -- I'm discovering that going with my gut on reading choices and not trying to be any kind of trendy is so liberating. Everyone should try it.