Sunday, November 07, 2010
Over the next three weeks or so, I hope to free up enough time to review most, if not all, of the books pictured here. These will be the top-priority books (minus one book that I am not mentioning here that will be reviewed in the very near future) for reviews here this book. In the first picture, here are the three books/volumes I plan on reviewing as part of my semi-regular Leatherbound Classics series: Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. II; Herman Melville, Moby Dick; and Johannes Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust. I have finished reading/re-reading the Gibbon and Goethe and lack less than 200 pages with the Melville, so expect at least one review in the next week.
I am continuing my review series of translated fictions released by Dalkey Press. I have read all but one of them (and am 1/3 into the other). I also hope to review the Jemisin book. I will almost certain review at least two of these in the next week: Gert Jonke, The System of Vienna; Jonke, Homage to Czerny; Christine Montalbetti, Western; Pierre Siniac, The Collaborators; and N.K. Jemisin's just-released second novel, The Broken Kingdoms. Only the Jemisin and Siniac are unfinished reads at this point.
I also have hopes of writing at least two review columns on Brazilian/Portuguese fiction. I have finished the first two volumes of a Brazilian anthology series, plus I am in the midst of doing some translations of the fourth, longer anthology. Also plan on reviewing at least one of Brendan Connell's recent collections. The books: Tibor Moricz, Saint-Clair Stockler and Eric Novello, Imaginarios (three volumes); Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro and Luis Filpe Silva, Vaporpunk; Brendan Connell, Unpleasant Tales. Hopefully sometime in the next couple of weeks.
I have finished only one of these books, so these likely will be the last to be reviewed. William H. Gass, Cartesian Sonata; Howard Jacobson, The Finkler Question; Brian Conn, The Fixed Stars; Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone; Felix Gilman, The Half-Made World; John Vaillant, The Tiger.
All part of a mostly-review month here at The OF Blog. 150 Reviews this year is well within reach if I post 15 each this month and next. Plus, there will be at least two surprise reviews at some point in the next few weeks, so look for those as well.