- Klamath Falls, OR, USA
- member since November 16, 2008
I am in total agreement with you on three of those, still haven't read Lucky Jim. I can see it's now a moral imperative. Yeah when I saw you had a heart on Dog of the South, which I've read four times in the last five years, I knew this guy had unerring taste. Ha, ha. To me that book is spiritual prozac. Dog and Confederacy are not only greatly funny I think they also have a very sly and deep sadness running through them as well. Portnoy's I just remember as being beautifully vulgar and laugh-out loud funny. I read "Goodbye Columbus," and "The Great American Novel," though and felt a little let down by both of them, had high expectations for both and they were not met. Might tackle another Roth novel someday, but he's not on the front burner right now. I highly recommend "Escape Velocity," by Portis, an anthology of his miscellaneous writings which came out in the last couple of years. Very interesting reading his reporting on the civil rights era as well as various travel writings. It contains as well some short stories and a play. I've read all of Portis' books several times. The man is a wizard.
I'm reading The Second Oldest Profession by Phillip Knightley right now and saw you were the only one to post a review. Started looking at your shelf, lot's of interesting books, also I appreciate that you review most books you read, no matter how briefly. I'm trying to do the same myself only because that's what I like to do, go see what other people thought about a book I might've liked or disliked. Take care, man.
My subscription to McSweeney's just ran out and I am feeling a little withdrawal. Things are a bit tough this year so I'm trying to give up on some luxuries. I don't actually read the quarterly's that often either but I just love seeing how they designed each issue. Some are just amazing. I think I will miss the actual design of the book more than the actual content. I'm still considering the book club. Those I would actually read.
from across the pond in England.
Hey - I haven't read Harry Potter either! Do you think we should?
I see how much you enjoyed ‘Replay' by Ken Grimwood.
Having now read it myself, I agree with you that it's definitely a great book.
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Hey Moik, I was wondering if you are still subscribed to the McSweeney's book club? I remember you were a few years ago. I'm curious if you are satisfied with it? Right now money is tight so I don't want to subscribe and get a bunch of clunkers. Plus there are so many other books on my to read pile that I'm rapidly being buried alive with books. Of course with most books if I can't afford it I can always get it out of the library, but I find that my library doesn't carry some of the more obscure books from McSweeneys. I used to get The Believer which I enjoyed and still get McSweeney's Quarterly. So I have a feeling off what they publish. But , as I keep rambling, some of the novels (I've only read about them on their website. I've only read Eggers I believe) seem a bit unusual. I guess what I'm asking is is it worth the money? Are the books for the most part above average. We have a bunch of books in common so I feel our reading tastes are quite similar. Thanks. Happy reading. Eleanor
You are the first person on Shelfari with whom I have a few books in common. (The Art of Racing in the Rain, City of Thieves, and Stretching.) One thing I haven't quite figured out is why there's no button to quickly find readers with whom you have books in common. Just seems odd. Don't remember how I arrived here at your shelf: Perhaps you commented on Augie March.
Thank you for following my work (LAKE CHARLES, THE BLUE CHEER) and my reading lists. My new crime novel, ASK THE DICE, has been published by Crossroad Press. I have no other connection with CP, and they’ve also published novels by Tom Piccirilli, Billie Sue Mosiman, John Lutz, and Ed Gorman.
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ASK THE DICE synopsis:
Over the past two decades, Tommy Mack Zane has faithfully worked as a contract killer for Watson Ogg, the Washington, D.C. crime boss. Now middle age creeping up finds Tommy Mack edgy, jaded, and weary of his grisly trade. As he contemplates retirement, he is framed for the murder of Mr. Ogg’s niece. Desperate, Tommy Mack enlists the aid of his friends, the mercurial D. Noble and burly Esquire to do battle with Mr. Ogg and his mercenary “dark suits.” A new, better life filled with his passions for poetry and jazz drives Tommy Mack to the slambang climax where a few dark secrets about his past are unearthed.
Thank you back. Hope you can find time in your reading schedule for The Loneliest Vampire in NYC. It's a very different take on the whole vampire genre and is more of an adventure story than anything else (with a healthy dose of black humour). It was inspired in part by the real life story of William Ellsworth Robinson.