Sick Leave. I have been reading while dealing with a medical problem but trying to deliver a nice blog post about the reading and not the sick leave. It will be a while …perhaps until I sit down and write that blog but I am simply on the “cure” and reading tons to delight anyone who needs a little delight in their life. (I am delighted by both the cure process and the reading). Lots of India. Just finished Death at the Durbar. Read it so you can catch up with #2 of the Maharaja series and learn some Indian history easily and enjoyably at the same time. There is a third promised. And hopefully more after that. His Highness Sikander Singh is too good a character for only three titles.
Currently NOT on my bed table: James Joyce, Dostoyevsky or the Brontes. I am, instead, taking a whodunit tour of Finland with a stack of five Helsinki detectives; James Thompson’s Inspector Vaara, Jarko Spila and the new Ariel Kafka. In between the Finland move I checked out the new Jonathan Kellerman. Night Moves and it is way up to snuff so far. Worth the time and he is always – for me – lots of fun. Reading in spurts Thomas Childers’ new, upsetting and necessary history of The Third Reich (needed info, especially about his transformation from boring whiner to the monster inside him full-blown; especially fascinating is his becoming a full-fledged anti-Semite. There are entire paragraphs that I have swear I have heard spoken recently in this country. They scare me. And Josephus, The Jew of Rome. FYI Reading about Roman emperors is a nerve working progress and process.
Puzzled. I have yet to figure out how such a tightly knit group of current writer’s have becomes critics, panel participants and gurus of what we need to read. Seriously. And they live near each other generally. And how the hell do they get Pulitzers for books that truly seem ordinaire – entertaining some, but quite run of the mill? You can offer up your list of your annoyingly over-worshipped literati if you like and if I get any lists, I will then list mine. Mine rarely adds a name and is short. Yours can be any length. Also wondering about “Girl” on Train, In Water, At Window, Gone, Remembered and therefore every single imitation is also profitable and mundane for Girls come lately.
Stephen King has a new one just out, not yet in my library and I am languising on “hold” lists for him and for about 10 other very sought after tomes.
As my best friend said the other day, by way of compliment: “nobody reads the kind of books you read”.
This post lacks charm and wit – part of the meds, I hope. Just thought it seemed as if I fell off the planet. Much as that is tempting, I’m back and it’s already April and not a drop of rain today.