May 20, 2011

New to the Reading List: 20 May 2011

(Every week I add new titles to CCLaP's ever-growing "to-read" list, mostly through the free library monitoring service Wowbrary.com; and now thanks to a reader's suggestion, I share that list of new additions each week here at the blog as well, including brief descriptions of why I added them to my list. For the entire reading list including its hundreds and hundreds of titles, visit either CCLaP's Goodreads.com profile or its Amazon wish list.)

Intention Implication Wind, by Ken Sparling

Wore Down Trust, by Michael Blouin

Intention Implication Wind, by Ken Sparling

Wore Down Trust, by Michael Blouin

These are the two latest titles to arrive in the mail from our pals at Pedlar Press, which upon first glance promise to offer the same as the previous books by them I've now reviewed -- that is, creepy and semi-surrealist tales written in an exquisite, memorable style, and packaged together as a trade paperback of unusually high quality. Reviews of both coming next month!

Suspended Heart, by Heather Fowler

The Girl with Brown Fur, by Stacey Levine

Suspended Heart, by Heather Fowler

The Girl with Brown Fur, by Stacey Levine

And then these are two books I received recently from Daniel Casey, specifically for reviewing in his great litmag Gently Read Literature, after my previous assignment with the disappointing Sub Rosa didn't work out like any of us had planned. Both seem to be story collections from unusually creative academes who dabble in surrealism and other genre tropes, so we'll see, I guess.

Feed, by Mira Grant

Blackout, by Connie Willis

Feed, by Mira Grant

Blackout, by Connie Willis

And did I mention that it's Hugo time again? It's Hugo time again! And as always, I'm going to be attempting to read all the Best Novel nominees between now and when the award is presented in Reno, Nevada on August 20th. I've already read Ian McDonald's The Dervish House, easily the runaway favorite to win this year (and don't forget to check out my interview with McDonald last year about the making of that book, for those who have never seen it); and then here are the first two of the other four nominees to make it through the reserve system at the Chicago Public Library and into my hands, Mira Grant's Feed (which looks to be a...zombie conspiracy-theory thriller?) and Connie Willis' well-regarded Blackout (probably the strongest competition this year to Dervish, an extra-convoluted alt-history thriller about a particular wing of a "time travelers' war" that takes place in WW2-era England). Coming soon, the final two nominees, Cryoburn by Lois McMaster and The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell

I actually started this Booker-nominated historical drama earlier this year regarding the relationship between the Dutch and Japanese in the late 1700s, but unfortunately ran out of time and had to turn it back into the library before getting even a hundred pages into it. I randomly ran into it again the other day, so have decided to take another crack at it. Mitchell is one of the authors I'm trying to become a completist of these days, so I'm looking forward to this one.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 8:05 AM, May 20, 2011. Filed under: Arts news | CCLaP news | Literature |