March 8, 2009
Good morning Sunday Saloners! Are any of you as peeved as I am about the clocks springing forward this weekend? Isn’t it a bit early for that? Okay, so maybe it is nice to have the days be a little bit longer, but why rush things? I guess I just hate the idea of losing an hour over my weekend (which feels short enough as it is).
Since my last Sunday Salon I finished read The Islands of Divine Music by John Addiego which I received as a review book from Unbridled Books. I give kudos to Addiego for beautiful writing, but I am not much for magical realism and so I ended up not being totally enamoured with the novel (read my review). That said, many other readers found this book to be enchanting so I won’t discourage you from giving it a try.
Next I read The Brightest Moon of the Century by Christopher Meeks (read my review). I adore his writing and his characters. This is Meeks’ first novel and I understand it will not be his last. This is a book I can recommend for its humor, joyfulness, and endearing characterizations. It is now out and available for purchase.
My current read is Andrew Taylor’s latest mystery: Bleeding Heart Square. Taylor is a Brit, and his writing is very English. I would classify this novel as a British literary mystery with compelling characters. The setting is dark and brooding. So far I am enjoying it immensely.
In other bookish news:
Many thanks to Lynda at Lynda’s Book Blog for awarding me the I Love Your Blog Award! My Google Reader has over 300 blogs on it…all of which I love. This award makes me realize I need to come up with a solution regarding my blog roll in my sidebar. I have only a few blogs listed but would love to figure out a way to have all the blogs in my reader linked there…any suggestions!?!??!
For those of you who enjoy statistics, check out my most recent blog stats in graph format. I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised at the numbers from the last few months – I really had lost track of how much traffic my blog was getting and I cannot even explain the increase in numbers. But it makes me happy!
Lastly, The New York Times recently posted an interesting article about Jonathan Littell’s novel The Kindly Ones. Have you heard about this book? Apparently it is 983-page novel (translated from the French) which is a ‘fictionalized memoir of a remorseless former Nazi SS officer, who in addition to taking part in the mass extermination of the Jews, commits incest with his sister, sodomizes himself with a sausage and most likely kills his mother and stepfather.‘ Sounds a little over the top, doesn’t it? Harper Collins released it to a storm of controversy. It has gotten mixed reviews – those who think it is a masterpiece of literary fiction, and those who feel it is complete garbage. So here’s a question for you…would you buy this book and read it? If so, what would make you pick it up? My answer: I probably won’t read this one. It sounds like it is one of those books which is being hyped too much. Then again, I might want to give it a try just to add my two cents to the controversy. Then again it is nearly 1000 pages. The jury is still out on this one. (A side note: Littell won the Prix Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary award, as well as a prize from the Académie Française for this book)
Whatever you are doing today, I hope it involves a great book. Have a wonderful week!