The OF Blog: May 26-June 7 Book Porn

Sunday, June 07, 2009

May 26-June 7 Book Porn


Eighteen books over the past two weeks or so, 15 of them being purchases. Since I'm still busy arranging folders and such on my new laptop for work use tomorrow, I'll just let you browse through the pictures. Will say that the Vian, Kundera, Yellin, and Jiménez are excellent, the Miéville was rather meh, and the Sanderson is decent epic fantasy fare, but it didn't click with me as much as his Mistborn novels did. The rest shall be read in the near future, perhaps at work while the students are working on their assignments.

Any of these you'd want to know more about? The Dumas is the one that was recently "discovered" and published; it is his unfinished last novel. The Hugo is appearing in full English translation for the first time, if I understand the blurb correctly. And don't the Nabokov and O'Connor books look lovely beside one another? The Lawrence book, however, might explain to the O'Connor what a "John Thomas" is and they might get to all sorts of literary mischief if left to their own devices, I suppose.

3 comments:

Terry Weyna said...

It makes me happy to know that there is someone out there who reads everything -- i.e., not just one genre. While I know that most writers have read widely in and out of their particular genres, I know few reviewers or bloggers who do so. I know that my blog hasn't been linked on some website because it appears "too literary" -- i.e., I review literary fiction as well as SF of all sorts and mysteries -- so it's nice to know that there's someone like me on teh interwebs.

S.M.D. said...

I'd like to hear a bit more about the Delany and any of those Spanish ones (simply because I don't know enough Spanish to be able to read the synopses without spending a goodly amount of time.

Larry said...

Terry,

I generally don't read Harlequin romances, though! :P And yeah, I know some of what I have reviewed won't be linked to for the same reason, but I don't care much, as I seem to have a fairly large readership these days.

Shaun,

I'll read the Delany later this month and likely will blog about it. The Jiménez one, Platero y yo, is available in English and is a children's story of sorts of a child and a burro wandering around, talking about what they see. The Restrepo may be available in English; I'll have to check.

 
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