The OF Blog: Some books I'm going to recommend to you without a description

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Some books I'm going to recommend to you without a description

I think this might be an interesting exercise in seeing if readers will fill in the blanks, so here are blanket recommendations for books recently read about which I have said nothing prior to writing this.  Curious to see who echoes which books or expounds upon reactions for others' benefits (I won't elaborate in any possible comments I might make):

1.  Katherine Vaz, Saudade

2.  David Albahari, Leeches

3.  Kay Ryan, The Best of It

4.  Frank Turner Hollon, The God File

5.  William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

6.  Damon Galgut, In a Strange Room

7.  John Sayles,  A Moment in the Sun

8.  Philipp Meyer, American Rust

9.  Brian Evenson, The Wavering Knife

10. Peter S. Beagle, Sleight of Hand

11.  Cormac McCarthy, Sunset Limited

Let me know if you decide to look into any of these, OK?


Hektor Karl said...

I've only read the Faulkner, but I'll now be checking out The God File (since that's one of the few on the list my library carries).

James said...

I am reading Leeches now.

I've already quoted it once and I am only 21 pages in. His trouble or lack of passion in writing his articles hits home, because that is what led me to become a blogger in the first place--I was having trouble writing fiction and needed an outlet.

Have decided to use a post-it note for my bookmark so I can write down where I left off. Damned 309 page paragraph... *shakes fist*

By the way, the single paragraph thing is not as difficult as I expected it to be. In the past, extremely long paragraphs have made me lose my place frequently or speeds up the pace of my reading to the point that I am stumbling through it making it seem more surreal than it actually is (for me, these paragraphs are almost always found in books with surrealistic elements). Once you start in though, the pacing is even and it is nice fluid read.

Aishwarya said...

Already have the Galgut and (since you recommended it to me) the Meyer. Have been looking for the Evenson for years.

James said...

I read Evenson's LAST DAYS a couple years ago, in fact I think it was one of my first reviews. Since then, I have been wanting to read more of his work, but he's one of those unfortunate authors that sits high on my list and is always pushed down to make room for something else. Priority with a dash of procrastination.

Lsrry said...

I should note that The God File was in turn recommended to me by Brian Lindenmuth and I am glad that I took him up on it, even though I'm not quite finished with it (a little more than halfway into it).

Anonymous said...

I've been meaning to read another McCarthy and was deciding between Blood Meridian and Sunset Limited. This tipped the scale.

Unknown said...

Was Sunset Limited the one I suggested on Twitter? I swear we talked about that one. Glad you liked it!

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