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Another Week of Reading

by Josh Hanagarne on April 4, 2014

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Howdy all, it’s been another busy week of reading and writing. A few observations and recommendations:

  • If there has ever been a perfect book, I think it is Lonesome DoveI’d predict that this is at least the tenth time I’ve read it. It makes me happy, instantly. Gus and Call are as or more fully realized than any other fictional creations I have ever encountere
  • The Pippi Longstocking books have some of my favorite illustrations, ever. That link goes to the big hardcover version
  • The Nightmare Factory by Thomas Ligotti is one of the more frightening graphic novels I’ve come across.  His short stories are harder to find, but worth it if you like horror
  • Why I Am Not A Muslim by Ibn Warraq. I wound up watching a bunch of Christopher Hitchens debates this week, and he reference this book a couple of times. A good read. If you are intrigued by the Salman Rushdie chapters, you’d probably enjoy his memoir of the fatwa years, Joseph Anton

That was it for books. Next week I’m speaking in San Antonio, and then in Tarrytown, New York. The new projects continue to be enjoyable and odd.

Hope you’re all doing well, more soon.

Josh

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Sharon Kosch April 5, 2014 at 9:38 pm

I might have to read Lonesome Dove again, it’s been years since I read it. And I always wished I could be Pippi Longstocking.

Read a good book yesterday you might enjoy, Savage Girl by Jean Zimmerman. Not quite a fantasy or a mystery but elements of both.

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Josh Hanagarne April 7, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Will look it up!

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Lenore April 6, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Well..that’s it. My husband and I watched Lonesome Dove a few months ago and were so sorry when it ended. I saw the book in the library, but didn’t take it. Now, you’ve convinced me. Either that, or buy it on cd for a long car ride. aaaaahhhh.

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Josh Hanagarne April 7, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Let me know how it goes, please.

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Jack M April 7, 2014 at 6:22 am

Hate to be a dissenter, but I couldn’t get too far into Lonesome Dove. To me, it is a perfect example of an author telling rather than showing. McMurtry’s new introduction to the book was also horrible, as he told of the death of a main character, thus spoiling his own novel.

Another book I was recently dissapointed with was Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain. Great, but a bit of a mess overall.

A good book? Jacob’s Folly, by Rebecca Miller, wherein an 18th century Jewish peddler in Paris dies and is reincarnated as a housefly who proceeds to involve himself in the lives of a young, Orthodox Jewish actress and a volunteer fireman. Sounds preposterous, but it’s wonderful.

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Josh Hanagarne April 7, 2014 at 2:45 pm

preposterous I can do, but you sir, are a crackhead with respect to Lonesome Dove and Magic Mountain. I don’t think you hate dissenting at all:)

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Jack M April 8, 2014 at 5:51 am

I guess you’re right. It’s all part of my charm. :-)

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Christine @ BookishlyB April 12, 2014 at 10:35 pm

I read Lonesome Dove in college, at first being very reluctant. I ended up loving it. While I’m still not a huge fan of Westerns, that and All the Pretty Horses have definite soft spots in my heart/library.

I just finished your book. Pretty dang interesting.

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Josh Hanagarne April 13, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Thanks Christine!

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Wendy April 30, 2014 at 9:54 pm

I am enjoying Spencer Quinn’s Chet and Bernie series. S. King always has comments on the back and the dog is so great! Just fun reading. By the way our shepherd’s name is Augustus McCrae. Lonesome Dove is epic in our home.

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