Friday, December 23, 2005

Holiday Blues

The books keeping me company this holiday will be:

L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy
I really can't get into this book so far. I love hardboiled stuff, especially with an undertone of dread, but this is trying too hard maybe? It's a shame because you can sense a real intelligence underlaying the story.

The Gastronomical Me by MFK Fisher
Biographical writing from simply the best food writer I've encountered.

Hokkaido Popsicle by Issac Adamson
This will be a mystery, I picked it up at a library sale for $1, and it don't look so hot Bill Murray.

Whistle Stop by Maritta Wolff
I ordered this on a whim from the library. Wolff was writing in the 40s and I've been looking to expand my reading of women authors from that time. It looks good.

Whatever's in the bathroom
A book an ancient Greek thinking, some comics, some short stories and an old issue of Star, all fecally-endowed I'm sure.

A few pages here, a few pages there, some figgy pudding... whatever. All fuel for my war on Christmas.


Rhonda Void said...

Here's my recent book list, let's compare:

Life of Pi by Yann Martell(Midway Through)

Slaughter House Five by Kurt Vonnegut ( On Second Chapter)

Bukowski Never Did This by Jack Saunders(Halfway through, really interesting Dilbert like book that mixes Poems,Novels,Question and Answer,Diary, and a whole bunch of other stuff. It explores the question of how can a family man that has a full time job also be a writer.)

The Colorado Kid by Stephen King. (picked it up at the groccery store)

Porno by Irvine Welsh(My second book by Welsh, the first was The Acid House which I highly recommend.)

The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Dandycat (some what boring but quiet poetic collection of stories about a Haitian immigrant and his family)

The Pawnbroker by Edward Lewis Wallant. (Picked it up for a dollar at school)

Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller(reading it for a second time)

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky. (I can't fucking wait; have waited long enough)

Great Russian Short Stories Edited and Introduced by Norris Houghton.

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell.

Garcia Marquez for Beginners by Marian Solanet.

I have always wanted to read James Ellroy but haven't gotten around to it. I heard that the nonfiction book that he wrote about his mother's murder when he was a little boy kicks ass. Let me know how LA Confidential turns out.

Carrie said...

Ms. Void, you have excellent taste.
Slaughterhouse 5 is excellent, keep reading... I'm not sure if you've read other Vonnegut, but een his mediocre stuff is well worth it.

I love George Orwell as well. Check out
Keep the Aspidistra Flying. It has kind of an ambiguous message, but it is well-observed.

I am adding Down and Out... and the Brothers to my list.

Keep me posted!