Sunday, July 28, 2019

20. LaRose

By Louise Erdrich (372 pp)

This is one of my favorite books I've read in a long time. I loved the writing, the characters, the setting, the story. I went back and forth re-reading bits as I went along. On the second page a child is killed and I thought the book was going to be too sad to deal with and almost set it aside. But it's about families and generations and history and present day rez life and really good. My best recommendation.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

19. Eileen

By Ottessa Moshfegh (440 pp)

I first read this author in the New Yorker and loved her writing. I haven't read a book like this in a long time. Dark and squalid. The protagonist is a young woman with a terrible home life and a murky inner-life who works in a juvenile prison. Everything is grim. A new employee shows up at the prison and Eileen finally seems to have a friend until things take an unexpected turn. A little darker than I prefer but terrific writing.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

18. Raining Fire (Book #3)

By Rajan Khanna (269 pp)

Yay, I finished the trilogy. The final volume has tons of action and takes the main characters to dark places. Great series.

Friday, July 12, 2019

17. Rising Tide (Book #2)

By Rajan Khanna (268 pp)

Quick re-read. In Book #2 the scientists are trying to find a cure for the feral virus but new problems arise. Lots of fights and battles. I just started Book #3 this morning.

Friday, July 5, 2019

16. Falling Sky (Book #1)

By Rajan Khanna (252 pp)

Raj is one of my Clarion West classmates and the opening of this book was his first story at the workshop. I read this and book #2 when they first came out but book #3 has been sitting on the shelf for a couple of years. I'm doing a quick re-read before I finish the series. Airships, contagion that turns people into Ferals, criminals exploiting survivors. Lots of action.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

15. The Family Fang

By Kevin Wilson (310 pp, ebook)

I told colleague, "I finally started reading that book you recommended." He didn't know what I was talking about. I mostly loved this book. It's about a couple of parents who go to great lengths to create performance art pieces with their kids. By the time they are grown, the kids are kinda messed up. It's one of those books that's both funny and sad and makes you think about family relationships. It's also a movie that I intend to watch this weekend.