The OF Blog: June 16th Book Porn

Monday, June 16, 2008

June 16th Book Porn


Two recent 2008 releases arrived today and since I anticipate even more later this week and next (receiving my stimulus check this week and 50% of it is going towards book, 50% in savings), I just wanted to draw attention to these two books.

The first is Zoran Živković's The Last Book, a murder-mystery/"literary"/"speculative" novel. I read this 188 page book this afternoon and while it'll be a week or two at least before I write the review, I found it to be on the whole quite enjoyable, with the "bookish" elements making for an interesting twist. Shall be interesting to see the reaction to the denouement, as I suspect many will be divided on its efficacy. I, however, enjoyed it.

The second book I saw posted in the Recommended Books section recently on Jeff VanderMeer's blog and since it seems he and I have similar tastes, I decided to give Francie Lin's The Foreigner a shot. I'll be reading it tomorrow, but I do have high hopes for this debut novel based on the bits and pieces I've read by opening the book on random pages. Of course, blurbage such as "this violent plunge into the abyss of identity" is going to draw my attention the majority of the time. Hopefully, I'll have the time to share my thoughts on this book by early July.

2 comments:

S.M.D. said...

Ohhh, Zoran is good. I read two of his books that Aio published and they were both excellent reads! Hopefully Aio will let me review the next book they're releasing of his.

Larry said...

Hope you do get that chance, since this one was almost as excellent as the one I received a few days ago!

 
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