A Reading Recap…of sorts
Posted February 1, 2007on:
According to my tally I have read nine books this month. Reassurances that two were novellas do nothing to allay my anxiety that I am rushing through books and not giving them the attention they each deserve. I don’t feel as if I’m rushing but really…nine books?
Only Rules of Seduction by Madeline Hunter was a disappointment: it was not bad but there the cheap tricks to convey setting, previously mentioned, and the staid, pragmatic tone covering most of the romantic proceedings made it less than transcendant. The other romance was Emma Holly’s Prince of Ice, which had the author returning to form. Yay for great characters whose personalities aren’t sacrificed for an inexplicably high quota of sex scenes.
McGahern and Treuer were the top reads for the month and possibly for the year. Those pleasurable reading experiences, particularly Treuer’s, rival those I had with Nabokov and Byatt last year. I will muck about and try to come up with something dandy about The Translation of Dr. Apelles which shall persuade all of you to buy it for yourselves, for friends and loved ones, the whole word, if you like.
Walking into the library a week or two ago I scanned the new books shelf and spied Dream Wheels. The title pulled me in and the writing on the first page was amazing. Coincidentally it’s also written by an Ojibwe: Richard Wagamese from Ontario.