The OF Blog: March 2010 Reading List

Thursday, April 01, 2010

March 2010 Reading List


81  Jeff VanderMeer, The Day Dali Died (poetry, short fiction; VanderMeer's early work, fairly good)

82  Italo Calvino, t-zero (very good story collection)

83  Roberto Bolaño, El Tercer Reich (already reviewed)

84  Adrian Tchaikovsky, Empire in Black and Gold (already reviewed)

85  Italo Calvino, Marcovaldo (nice, minor work of his detailing the life of a man with the best of intentions)

86  Italo Calvino, The Castle of Crossed Destinies (clever tarot-based work, but not his best writing)

87  César Aira, Los fantasmas (Spanish; brilliant novella-length work)

88  Gail Carriger, Changeless (review forthcoming; highly recommended)

89  Karin Lowachee, The Gaslight Dogs (review forthcoming; recommended)

90  Italo Calvino, Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno (Italian; Calvino's first novel.  OK, but thankfully he improved a lot since this book was published)

91  Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago (already reviewed)

92  José Saramago, Caín (Spanish; already reviewed)

93  Mizuki Nomura, Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime (already reviewed)

94  Blake Charlton, Spellwright (already reviewed)

95  Toni Morrison, Song of Soloman (already reviewed)

96  Leopoldo Lugones, Cuento, Poesía, Ensayo (selected collection; too much emphasis on things other than the author's writings, unfortunately)

97  Alexey Pehov, Shadow Prowler (already reviewed)

98  John F. Williams, Hating Perfection (already reviewed)

99  Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals (enjoyed this bestiary/cooking guide quite a bit)

100  J.K. Huysmans, The Damned (already reviewed)

101  Kate Griffin, A Madness of Angels (already reviewed)

102  Kate Griffin, The Midnight Mayor (already reviewed)

103  Kenzaburo Oe, Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness (already reviewed)

104  Karel Čapek, War with the Newts (already reviewed)

105  Adrian Tchaikovsky, Dragonfly Falling (already reviewed)

106  Adrian Tchaikovsky, Blood of the Mantis (already reviewed)

107  Alasdair Gray, Lanark:  A Life in 4 Books (already reviewed)

108  Saul Bellow, More Die of Heartbreak (already reviewed)

109 Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Petals of Blood (already reviewed)

110  Walter Moers, Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures (already reviewed)

111  Nadine Gordimer, A Guest of Honour (review forthcoming)

112  Thomas Pynchon, V. (review forthcoming)


14 The Kenyon Review, Fall 2009

15  Not One of Us, #42

16  The New Yorker, all March issues

17  Tin House, #40

18  Ep;phany, Fall/Winter 2009

19  Gulf Coast, Summer/Fall 2009

20  Glimmer Train Stories, #74

21  Glimmer Train Stories, #71

In Progress (magazines/journals)

About two dozen journals in various states of read, so I hope to do a separate feature in the next couple of weeks covering that topic.

Future Plans (books)

Will be finishing up the two week reading/reviewing project I outlined a few days ago.  Then I plan on spending more time this month on the journals and story collections that I've received recently (pics forthcoming on those), but I may just review a book that is related to my MA history research.  Haven't decided for sure, but if I do, it'll be after April 15.

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