January 27, 2008 archive

Sunday Salon – January 27, 2008

January 27, 2008

9:41 AM

Another Sunday of gray weather. We had over two feet of snow on Thursday, then the temperatures warmed and it has been raining since Saturday morning leaving the ground slushy. The up side to this horrid weather is that it keeps me inside with my books.

I managed to slog through and finish Great Expectations on Friday (read my review). The sense of accomplishment is perhaps worth the drudgery. But, in any case, I’m happy to move onto my next book.

Ghostwritten, by David Mitchell is this author’s debut novel. I discovered Mitchell last year – first reading Black Swan Green (read my review), and then Cloud Atlas (read my review). Since Mitchell likes to bring back characters from novel to novel, I would actually recommend readers start with his first novel and work forward from there. But, even if you read them from new to old, you won’t be disappointed.  Mitchell is one of the bright and shining “new” authors on the scene. He writes beautifully, slowly developing his characters and unraveling his literary puzzles. I’ve read through the first two chapters of Ghostwritten so far, and am enthralled. The novel is a series of nine linked stories. Already I’m fascinated at how Mitchell will bring them together – but I have no doubt he will. Ghostwritten has a lot in common with Cloud Atlas in this regard – and if you’ve read that novel, you will like this one.

As the month winds down, I am reflecting on the reading I’ve done. This month I received quite a few early release novels to read and review – and so I did not get to all the books on my reading list. I still have two early releases to read:

1. Theft of the Master, by Edwin Alexander – which was first published in the UK. I received this book from Lisa with on-line publishing. It will be the next book I pick up after I’ve finished Ghostwritten.
2. The Outcast, by Sadie Jones – which I received from the Harper Collins First Look Program. It is due for release in March, and my review of it is due by February 8th.

The books I wanted to read, but didn’t get to in January include:
Of Human Bondage, by Somerset Maugham
Cat’s Eye, by Margaret Atwood
Alentejo Blue, by Monica Ali
The Night Watch, by Sarah Waters
What the Dead Know, by Laura Lippman

Maybe in February….

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