A Wait List Too Long

I am on a wait list that is trying my damn patience.  Not only that,  the “new books” shelves are not even appealing.  James Patterson is about to have his own Dewey Decimal number.  As a result of this tiresome wait I have been reading fascinating books I ignored at home and in the library.  A mystery (where eating and lots of drinking was featured) was formulaic but the subject was diamonds and I learned a great deal about diamonds.  This led me to more books about diamonds and seriously – aren’t diamonds a great subject?  They just never get old.

The ever prolific (does she ever sleep)? Joyce Carol Oates writing as Rosamund Smith showed up in a book called The Barrens -{which I happen to know about from The Sopranos}  that was so weird and mesmerizing I almost lost the plot line until she whipped it all together in a neat little package.  Mystery, madness, suburbia and a serial killer.  She nailed it in such a strange way I have to suggest you find a copy and see what you think.  And an author new to me – but one with a long title list – Suzanne Berne.  A Perfect Arrangement was very, very good.  Borderline obnoxious couple with kids I would have left in a bus station and the perfect nanny.  Not axe-murderer perfect – but impaired perfect.  I tend to really savor this type of couple story (many of which are not very appealing by page 20) when it’s good. It was so satisfying a little thriller that I got another of her titles.  A Crime in the Neighborhood is what I would be reading right now if I weren’t writing this.  Why does no one mention her?  Why didn’t I?  And Gwendy’s Button Box.  Just find it and read it.

I have figured out that I do like fiction or non-fiction equally.  Neil de Grasse Tyson (the Brilliant) arrived with a way (he thinks) to explain astro-physics to a fool like me.  I am going to read it when I can find a mindset that may help me try to get it.  Fermat’s Enigma has the same effect on me. But I keep trying.  Pythagoras had a lasting appeal but only for his “Commandments”, which I still regard with a smile.  Look them up.

Slowly working through Ta-Henisi Coates Eight Years We Were in Power.  Coates bears very serious reading time.  He does not waste a word and he does not suffer fools gladly.  Adam Gopnick’s newest is waiting – I do love his entire oeuvre – but mostly “Paris to the Moon”.  Patric Kuh on food in Los Angeles ( of which I was a very big part in the 80’s).  Unread MFK Fisher, books about French oysters and in closing ,I should mention  book I read about “Eels” was one of the most memorable natural histories ever.  If I had been on “Who (doesn’t) Want To Be A Millionaire”, I would have nailed an eel question for big bucks.

Why do I not include more details about authors and titles?  Because hopefully it leads you on a search that will help you see other books you may not have considered.  And I read so many  I don’t keep track.  Goodreads is great for this shortcoming.  So I strongly suggest you join the page and at least have a gander at what I want to and have read for more specific information.

Comments are always welcome.  Thank you for reading the blog.  And check out my other one; Voolavex.com

 

Do You Love To Read? Books, Magazines, Labels?

Welcome to Books –  A Revue*.  Not an ordinary book review site – but books I have loved or plan to read because I love the subject, the author, the contents.

Look for many titles and many subjects.  I read damn near everything.  Find enthusiastic recommendations and what I love about the book itself.   I have discovered that all writers have information to share that is good to learn.

I am a member of GOODREADS and enjoy it.  Check it out.

I do not negative sell.   Panning a book is a personal judgement and hardly means a book isn’t good or readable.  If I don’t like a book.  I stop reading it.  I might say it was not for me or use the term “pass”; but careers are lost on a bad review.  That’s not a risk I will take because I am not qualified to be a one person judge and jury.  That kind of judge and jury is easily bought.

I do not do plot summaries.  You can find a plot summary on Amazon, the book cover flap, the publisher’s website, Publisher’s Weekly or the on line public library (mine is the Los Angeles Public Library).  Check those if you are not familiar with the title or author.  I am not going to retell the story.  I will tell you the title and the author.

I welcome comments and suggestions; readers, writers, authors, publishers are all welcome to this blog.  I am a fan of many authors and many countries.  I read in English.  I have been doing this since I was about 4 and read Dick and Jane in one sitting.  And I write.  I still have my first (and only) completed novel manuscript from middle school.  It was filthy – and verbose and I am afraid to reread it now.  But I have it.

In the main, I write non-fiction and I am published.  I am willing to read any question, but may not answer it and if I do, you may not love the answer.  For exceedingly stupid questions I suggest QUORA.com – where I  am often asked and do answer queries. (hint: rarely am I asked about books on Quora).

I hope you will enjoy this blog and make suggestions – no chick lit though and no cookie, muffin, pot roast or other food mysteries.  I do worry about the new trend of author series – but I read them if I like the writer.  I have come to realize that the media creates literary fame – not readers of books.  I wish I didn’t realize that.  And I have liked books from the James Patterson Guild of Scribes – but I think they should have their own bestseller list.

*This a Revue – and because I could not locate my regular dictionary, I looked in my Le Robert Micro (French it is and blatant brag – I am not a Francophone however))  Essentially a revue can be complicated and on stage and usually musical, but it is also an inventory.  So this is my inventory in progress.