Current Reading: not much

I’m still not reading much. Gloomy, rainy, windy weather may be part of that, but it’s mostly my distractions with football (a lot of college games on Friday and Saturday, and the pros on Thursday, Sunday and Monday) and the Ken Burns  film (Sunday through Wednesday last week and this week).

About the best I’ve done is some short stories and short pulp “novels”, really novelettes. One of those collections will show up as a forgotten book(s) soon. I did recently read a coffee table book, Covering the New Yorker: Cutting-Edge Covers from a Literary Institution, Hardcover – October, 2000 by Francoise Mouly Lawrence Weschler, if that counts, which had some interesting text and a lot of covers. Enjoyable, but light.

As far as the short stories go, I’m still plodding along in The Best of Manhunt edited by Jeff Vorzimmer. I’m finding many of the stories rough, in the sense of subject matter, not writing quality, which is pretty good for pulp stuff. So I’ve set it aside.

I now have a couple of SF novels just coming in to the library, which I’ll pick up in a day or two, and perhaps one or both of them will give me a positive reading jolt. We’ll see.

Meanwhile, what are you reading?

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13 Responses to Current Reading: not much

  1. Steve Oerkfitz says:

    Finished The Life of Lou Reed by Howard Sounes. I love Lou Reed’s work both solo and with The Velvet Underground but he was a terrible and difficult person. He makes David Crosby look like a choirboy.
    Read The Institute by Stephen King. It’s pretty good. King writes about children very well. It is more a thriller with sf overtones than a horror novel.
    Just started Chances Are by Richard Russo. I was a big fan of Russo’s until Bridge of Sighs which was a big disappointment. Haven’t read anything since. Also reading a short story collection by Christopher Priest called Episodes I have liked everything I have read by Priest. The only novel I haven’t read is The Prestige (basis for the Hugh Jackman’Christian Bale movie).
    Just got the new anthology of ghost stories edited by Ellen Datlow-Echoes-which is which is almost 800 pages. 30 stories. 27 of them new. A lot of my favorites writers here-Jeffrey Ford, Dale Bailey, Nate Ballingrud, Joyce Carol Oates, John Langan, Brian Evenson.

  2. Jeff Meyerson says:

    I feel you. I’ve had trouble getting involved in anything lately too. Reading short stories – I read O. Henry’s collection WAIFS AND STRAYS and I am reading SILVER BULLETS, the 25th Anniversary Anthology published by Crippen & Landru, with some favorite authors included – Brendan Dubois, Terrence Faherty, Bill Pronzini & Marcia Muller, Edward D. Hoch, etc.
    I’m reading (and should finish today) ICE COLD HEART, the latest Monkeewrench/Magozzi and Rolseth novel by P. J. Tracy. set again in a Minneapolis winter, and particularly nasty. Also, a coincidence as Steve mentioned him, I’m reading Richard Russo’s academic comedy STRAIGHT MAN.

    • I would have thought by now you would have read every O. Henry story in existence. I got the email flyer on Silver Bullets, but decided I had enough books here and the library system never buys C&L books, so I’ll skip it.

      • Jeff Meyerson says:

        It was a “complete” collection of 200 or so stories, so there are always more when I have no other stories on hand, or just want a short, fast read. Most of them are nothing special, but they are often entertaining. I especially like the ones that give a picture of New York 100+ years ago.

  3. Patti Abbott says:

    I wonder if Trump is interfering with our enjoyment of reading too. Cause I can’t settle on anything right now. I did start MALTESE FALCON last night although I have read it several times.
    Hope Russo is better than his last one or two. Love STRAIGHT MAN and most of his stuff up until recently.

  4. I’m practically caught up on Library books so it’s ARCs for me this week. I’m in the middle of a Sherlock Holmes pastiche (one gets published nearly every week!) and I have some SF to review, too. A new translation and edition of Arthur Koestler’s DARKNESS AT NOON arrived. I read DARKNESS AT NOON decades ago, but this new version has been garnering excellent reviews.

  5. tracybham says:

    Last night I finished A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming, spy fiction that I got at the book sale on Saturday. It was fun.

    I just ordered the 2nd book in the Posadas County series because I did not find it at the book sale and I want to have it on hand when I am in the mood to read it.

  6. Jerry House says:

    It’s amazing how much reading you can get in when you have no internet for a few days. I read the new Stephen King and really lked it. My FFB was an old Shadow novel by Walter F. Gibson writing as “Maxwell Grant,” THE SILENT DEATH. Another good one — pulp sensabilities strike a chord with me. James Norman’s OSCAR, DETECTIVE OF MARS collected the five novelettes from FANTASTIC ADVENTURES in the early 40s — all in all pretty poor fare, but with a few brilliant satirical touches.

    The two anthologies I read were the facsimile reproduction of ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION, JULY 1939 from Southern University Press and David G. Hartwell’s massive THE DARK DESCENT. The ASTOUNDING contained A. E. van Vogt’s first published SF story and Isaac Asimov’s first story for John W. Campbell, as well as a classic by C. L. Moore and one of Willy Ley’s best known articles. A ho-hum story from Amelia Reynolds long, the penultimate Past/Present/Future story by Nat Schachner, and a never-reprinted tale from Nelson S. Bond completed the issue. Hartwell’s 1000 page book included a number of horror stories from some unexpected sources, as well as some standard classics. Both books are highly recommended.

    Just two graphic novels this week: James Petterson & NaRae Lee’s MAXIMUM RIDE: THE MANGA, VOL. 2 and Jim Butcher & Mark Powell’s JIM BUTCHER’S THE DRESDEN FILES: FULL MOON, VOL.2. Both so-so.

    I’m currently reading MURDER NEVER KNOCKS, a Mike Hammer thriller from Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins. Next up will Reed Farrel Coleman’s latest Jesse Stone novel continuing the series from the late Robert B. Parker. One book that I (sadly) will not be reading is Thorne Smith’s 1931 juvenile LAZY BEAR LANE; the only copy Interlibrary Loan could get me is from The Library of Congress and cannot be taken out of the library and it’s impossible for me to spend the time needed to read the book in the lbrary. BAH.

    It’s been hot here and the Gulf of Mexico beaches are closed due to algae bloom. Again, BAH.

    Hope your coming week does not include any bad BAH-havior,

    • Yep, I saw that FFB and enjoyed it. That Astounding reprint isn’t my thing in spite of my fondness for the magazine, to which I subscribed for many years. I agree with your “bahs”. Thank goodness the weather here, though wet, has been cool and nice.

      I think you’re going to like my FFB this week.

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