The OF Blog: New Margo Lanagan book, Tender Morsels: First thoughts

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

New Margo Lanagan book, Tender Morsels: First thoughts

There are plenty would call her a slut for it. Me, I was just glad she had shown me. now I could get this embarrassment off me. Now I knew what to do when it stuck out its dim one-eyed head.

OK, this first paragraph from the Prologue to her upcoming October novel, Tender Morsels, made me curious when I received the book in the mail today. After having read the first 50 pages, this is a very promising start, as before I had read only her short fiction. It is shaping up to be one of those dark, brutal, yet touching stories, one that seems to address some very harsh and uncomfortable topics (for example, the lead character seems to be the victim of parental incest) that might make a few "critics" *cough*Truesdale*cough* eager to scream "pornography" to the high heavens. Needless to say, such people would have missed the beautiful pine forest for a few pine needles jabbed in their eyes and orifices.

Although I have a very busy couple of nights ahead, once Thursday's work is done, I'm looking forward to indulging myself further with this novel, as past experience has shown me that Lanagan really is a writer to make time for, regardless of the pressing deadlines.


Anonymous said...

Er, it's a long way from being her first novel.

Larry Nolen said...

Gah! I was going by the books listed near the title page. I'll correct that!

Mihai A. said...

Larry, I'm sorry to comment beside this post, but I think it will work faster than an e-mail.

You inspired me with your usual "Book Porn" and therefore I would like to take my "voyeurism" further on. I wonder if you would like to make my following meme?

Larry Nolen said...

I might, Mihai, but not before this weekend at the earliest. And if I do, it won't be of all my books, since many are stored in places where there is no space for me to use my camera phone (not to mention there is little lighting in said places).

RobB said...

This book just arrived in my mailbox yesterday after I read this post. Cool.

Lenore Appelhans said...

Interested in reading your full review!

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