November 1st, 2008
|08:14 pm - October Books|
I haven't been able to read much this month, because of feeling so ill
101 Ways to Make Poems Sell
Please ignore the title which is a complete red-herring. This doesn't have 101 anything and it's not about selling. I assume the title is either ironic or added by some marketing wonk. This is an overview of modern poetry publishing by a publisher, who also writes. It's quite hard headed and sensible.
The Dead Zone
I suddenly wanted to read this and it's very quick and easy to tackle. I have heard King say it's his favourite among his own work, and I agree. I think it's controlled, plot driven, and tight. If you don't know the plot, it's about a man who emerges from a coma with limited precognitive ability. He realises that a goofy folksy politician who has been precipitated into the presidential arena (from being mayor of a tiny town) is actually a corrupt fascist, who is whipping up violent emotions. Fiction, eh?
those are the only two I've finished, the rest are all underway.
Blue Mars (audio)
Kim Stanley Robinson
Third part of the Mars trilogy, recounting the break-away of Mars from Earth government. I'm enjoying this better than I expected (I have read it before). Lots of Ann Clayborne and Saxe, both great, and quite good on the logistics of revolution. I haven't got to the interminable discussion of the constitution of the Martian state yet.
The Classic 100 poems (audio)
Mainly American voice-artists, reading a nice eclectic mix of poems. I've got as far as Keats. I was listening to this while I walked to work and back but I haven't been out of the house for ages.
The Yiddish Policeman's Union
I started this again, and I'm working very slowly through it, but it's the only thing I'm reading at the moment. In an alternative universe the Jewish State has been established in Alaska, not Israel, with the offical language Yiddish. The usual tired, cynical, but golden-hearted detective attempts to solve the murder of a man who might be ... somebody very special. A tiny bit like An Instance of the FingerPost.
The tenderness of wolves (audio)
Started and then got ill, but I will return to this. An award winning novel set in mid-19th century Canada. A downtrodden housewife goes into the Northern wilderness with a renegade 'Indian' to exonerate her beloved foster-son of a murder. Read by Siobhan Redmond. Well written I thought.
Me too. Another I recommend, if you haven't read it already, is 'The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon'. It's about a little girl who gets lost in the wilderness. Not a massive amount happens, but it's well written.