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Catching Up On Reading

Hey all, just popping back in between a mountain of travel and work.

Here’s what I’ve been reading.

Some of Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer books. If you like tough guys and dames, this’ll do.

Just read Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut again. Never get tired of Bokonon and those calypsos.

Roughing It by Mark Twain. This time through I’ve been paying more attention to the many illustrations, which I have just glanced at before. Worth it.

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. Beyond bizarre, beyond irresistible (not possible, but I wrote that anyway and can’t figure out how to edit it to just “irresistible”)

How about you? Any gems you’ve encountered recently?

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  • Jack M April 29, 2014, 5:28 am

    Cat’s Cradle was one of the books that really opened my mind as to what fiction could be, and what writers could do (read it in the tenth grade!).

    Reading How to be Alone, essays by Jonathan Franzen, and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, which is the only thing by her I have ever liked. Smart, funny and touching.

    • Josh Hanagarne April 29, 2014, 11:55 am

      What do you think of that Franzen? I read it when it came out and have almost no memory of it.

      • Jack M April 29, 2014, 1:43 pm

        I really like Franzen’s work, both fiction and non-fiction. He can take what are (to me) boring subjects and make them fascinating. There is a lot of Franzen-bashing going on, and I can’t understand why. Anybody that can write an essay about the corrupt postal system in Chicago and make it riveting is OK by me. The essays are a bit dated but still relevant.

  • Sharon Kosch April 29, 2014, 7:16 am

    The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North – a unique sort of time traveling story. Harry lives the same life over and over but can remember his former lives. I gave it 5 stars – my 5th of the year (out of 134 so far).