The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt has been a hurdle I’ve needed to jump all Summer. I’m approximately 100 pages in and don’t know why this book is taking so long to get through. I pick it up and put it down fairly regularly. (The putting down part is most likely the problem). My goal is to have it read and reviewed by the October … Continue reading Finally! Back to Byatt…
Let’s start with Michael Chabon. Being a fan of all things Sherlock Holmes, I read “The Final Solution” when it was first released. It’s a slim novella that, in my opinion, tread too much water. You move from beginning to end at a satisfactory pace with no major plot disappointment or style road bumps to slow you down. But, it was average. Middle of the … Continue reading The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon (Redux)
I don’t know that much about Kingsley Amis, other than what was in a 2007 article in the New York Review of Books (NYRB Volume 54, Number 9 · May 31, 2007), most of which I have forgotten. But I own an old, battered copy of Lucky Jim which I apparently paid 90 cents for and never read. The cover states: “No one has been … Continue reading Hmmm….Why do I own this? – Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
Lately there has been a renewed interest in genre fiction. Whether it’s Stephen King’s lurid covers on retro paperbacks in the grocery aisle, Michael Chabon’s serialized adventure story in the New York Times Magazine, or Arturo Pèrez Reverte’s Captain Alatriste swordsman-for-hire series, – the pulp novel is suddenly being taken seriously. And I’m glad. Books written & read for entertainment and good writing aren’t mutually … Continue reading Vive le Genre!