- Belfast, ME, USA
- member since May 13, 2008
Interesting choice on Summer of Katya.
I enjoyed his Eiger Sanction, Shibumi, and The Main, but I didn't really catch that they were really different genres, though nominally all "suspense". He kept his identity secret, so when Summer of Katya came out after a gap, I had pent up expectations and was somewhat disappointed with it. I should give it another chance.
These Web pages make it clear that the real Rodney Whittaker published all over the map under different names. Perhaps he wanted to shake up fans of his Trevanian "brand" by putting this "tragic romance" under that authorship.
Would like the explore more the spare and quirky of Japanese writers.
Only read one Kawabata (Master of Go--long ago when I loved Go), so could use your encouragement of what next to pursue. Same goes for Tanazaki--only read A Man, a Cat, and Two Women.
Murakami so popular and enjoyed two. Are you avoiding him?
You might like Kirino's Out, a noir novel with an atmosphere that lingered. If a book shakes you up a bit, disturbs, or mystifies you, the author is doing something right.
On our common books, I rated Bankok 8 and Drop City higher, but I see the point of your reviews. I guess I give writers more credit for what they are trying to do and if only the prose or the plot works well, I feel lucky for the ride.
I actually gave up reading all of the Inaugural Addresses for now. I'd recommend Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison for sure, but the later ones get longwinded and not as deep in a lot of places. I'll finish them all later. Hope you're doing well. Good to hear back from you. I've moved on to Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. What are you finding interesting to read now, not just in books?