The OF Blog: Updated reading/reviewing plans

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Updated reading/reviewing plans

I've been a bit under the weather the past few days, so my planned reviews of Nadine Gordimer's A Guest of Honour, Thomas Pynchon's V. and a dual review of Joel Shepherd's Sasha and Petrodor have been delayed, maybe for several more days.  I'm still going to be reading/reviewing the other books that I blogged about 10 days ago or so, but I'm also going to be inserting a couple of others somewhere into the mix:

Gene Wolfe, The Sorcerer's House

Tariq Ali, Islam Quintet I:  Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree

Also will be reading several more anthologies for BAF, so those will not be discussed in detail here until after the final selections have been made.  Will note that I finished Issue Six of New Genre last night and am reading Gravity Dancers:  Even More Fiction by Washington Area Women, edited by Richard Peabody, who also publishes Gargoyle Magazine.  And after that, I have issues of Tin House, A Public Space, Glimmer Train Stories and several dozen other anthologies to read over the next six weeks or so.  Enlightening reading experience, to say the least.

Oh, and I almost forgot:  I will write a review sometime in the next few weeks for whichever book wins out in that poll between Aquinas and Hitler.  Looks like the Saint has a pretty good lead right now.


N. R. Alexander said...

Looking forward to hearing what you have to say about The Sorcerer's House. A copy of this one came through the other day, and I'll be reading it for damn sure - but outside of the Book of the New Sun, I've no idea what Wolfe is like as a writer. I hear he got a bit, um, God-fearing.

Larry said...

There are some religious symbol buried within most of his texts, yes, but most are quite subtle about it.

Fabio Fernandes said...

I read the first 4 books of the Islam Quintet, and even managed to interview Tariq Ali when we came to Brazil for a book fair, almost a decade ago. Very good, insightful reading. If you haven't read it by now, I guess you will really like it.

Larry said...

I'm going to be reading it sometime in the next week or so, Fábio. Have a lot to do these next seven days, though. Helluva lot more than I was doing when I was working 40 hours a week, surprisingly.

Fabio Fernandes said...

Yeah, I know how you feel. Reading a lot here - 2010 has been, until now, the busiest year EVAH regarding reading and writing projects (I'm not complaining! :)

Larry said...

Indeed. It certainly has been a very "educational" experience, making sure that I'll appreciate what anthology editors have to deal with with both original and reprint anthologies.

Got your email. Might be a bit before I respond, since I don't plan on being online very much tonight.

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