I finished The Builders, review this coming week. Also read was Woman With A Blue Pencil by Gordon McAlpine. It’s a difficult book to summarize or explain. It’s a multi-layerd story of a Japanese-American author writing a book which he started and submitted to his publisher just weeks before the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.
Writer Sam Sumida’s wife was murdered, the police aren’t interested in the death of a Japanese woman, so Sam tries to investigate it himself. His book’s editor, the woman with the blue pencil, demands a rewrite after Pearl Harbor. But there are layers in layers. The writer, his wife, their world fades, all signs of his existence seem to have been erased. Sam discovers that, inexplicably, he is a discarded, fictional creation.
But there’s another book, a pulp spy story, also in the mix. It’s author has been relocated to an Japanese internment camp. Then there is that editor… As I said, layers in layers. The book is well-written, but can be confusing with the plot jumps.
Also read, partly, was A is for Arsenic by Kathryn Harkup, about the various poisons Agatha Christie used in her books. I expected more discussion of the books’ use of poisons and a lot less chemistry and biology. I read through the third chapter on cyanide before giving up and sending it back to the library.
Now I’m reading Wait For Signs by Craig Johnson, a short story collection. It’s the first Longmire I’ve read, I decided to start with stories instead of a novel. One story in, I’m enjoying it.
Barbara just finished The Ghosts of Altona by Craig Russell. It may be the most recent in the Jan Fable series. It’s a thick mystery she enjoyed a lot. She hasn’t decided what she wants to read next.
How about you?
What have you been reading?