The OF Blog: June 22-July 12 Reads

Sunday, July 12, 2009

June 22-July 12 Reads

Been very lax on this, as I've been very busy (busier than I thought I'd be) at work. But this will be more of a list and less of a capsule review, since several of these will be getting individual short reviews shortly:

225 Edmundo Paz Soldán, Los vivos y los muertos - Already commented on this before, but this is one of my favorite 2009 releases.

226 Andrzej Sapkowski, Narrenturm - Spanish-language translation of the first volume of his Hussite Wars trilogy that mixes historical fiction with a bit of magic. Different in style from the Geralt novels, it took me a while to get used to it, but once I did, I found myself wanting to read the next volume, which sadly won't be available for at least another year.

227 Evangeline Walton, The Mabinogion - Already Reviewed.

228 Ildefonso Falcones, La mano de Fátima - Review already written, will link to it when it goes live.

229 Robert E. Howard, The Conan Chronicles Volume I: The People of the Black Circle - Already reviewed.

230 Andrés Neuman, El viajero del siglo - This 2009 Premio Alfaguara winner was a good read, although not as great as the cover blurb hinted that it could have been.

231 John Gardner, Grendel - Review forthcoming.

232 L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt, The Compleat Enchanter - Review forthcoming.

233 Andrzej Sapkowski, Camino sin retorno - Collection of Sapkowski's short stories, most of them set outside the Geralt universe. Good stuff.

234 Sherri Tepper, Grass - Review forthcoming.

235 José Saramago, Las pequeñas memorias (re-read from 2008) - Nicely-told memoirs of Saramago's youth in Portugal.

236 David Lindsay, A Voyage to Arcturus - Review forthcoming.

237 Michael A. Steele and John L. Kaprowski, North American Tree Squirrels - Great introduction to my favorite/most feared rodents.

238 José Saramago, El año de la muerte de Ricardo Reis - This story mixes in the final days of Fernando Pessoa/Ricardo Reis with what was occurring in Europe and Portugal in the 1920s and 1930s. Ending was devastating.

239 José Saramago, O Evangelho Segundo Jesus Cristo - First time reading Saramago's 1991 masterpiece in Portuguese. His Jesus is one of the more complex renderings imagined in the 20th century. Very controversial, of course, but considering the title, that was to be expected, no?

240 Michael Swanwick, The Iron Dragon's Daughter - Review forthcoming.

241 Mario Benedetti, El amor, las mujeres y la vida - Excellent collection of Spanish-language poems.

242 Patricia McKillip, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld - Review forthcoming.

243 Lord Dunsany, The King of Elfland's Daughter - Review forthcoming.

244 C.L. Moore, Black Gods and Scarlet Dreams - Review forthcoming.

In Progress:

Javier Negrete, La gran aventura de los griegos

Julio Cortázar, Papeles inesperados

Geoff Ryman, WAS

Future Plans:

Leigh Brackett, The Seagods of Mars and Other Stories


Blue Tyson said...

Sea-Kings Of Mars and Otherworldly Stories, by the way. :)

Fabio Fernandes said...

How did you like Saramago in Portuguese, Larry?

Larry said...


I'll correct the typo in a bit.


It was a very good read. I had read it years ago in Spanish translation (checked out from the library) and I found myself doing all the little "translations" into making it feel as though I were reading it in Spanish. Very good story, with Saramago's usual devastating conclusion. Might have to spend the $30-50 for more of his works in his original language, even if the Spanish isn't all that much of a "translation" considering it's released at the same time and his wife works on it with his supervision.

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