What We’re Reading

Or, In Which We May Or May Not Have Spoilers

Jesus' Son - Denis JohnsonThe Laughing Monsters - Denis JohnsonThe Nearest Thing to Life - James WoodThe Clown - Heinrich BollThe End of the Story - Lydia Davis

Footsteps of Fate - Louis CouperusNobody Move - Denis JohnsonFar-Flung - Peter CameronManhood - Michel LeirisSmash Cut - Brad Gooch

The Vorrh - Brian CatlingAll the Light We Cannot See - Anthony DoerrDe terugkeer van de wespendief - Aimée de JonghLockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase - Jonathan StroudDe schadus van Tambora - Philip Droge

Seveneves - Neal StephensonThe Grace of Kings - Ken LiuMarketplace of the Marvelous - Erika JanikThe Good Apprentice - Iris MurdochMort - Terry Pratchett

A Crown for Cold Silver - Alex MarshallA Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers - Xiaolu GuoSeize the Day - Saul BellowDune - Frank Herbert

Tjeerd: Jesus’ Son – Denis Johnson, The Laughing Monsters – Denis Johnson, The Nearest Thing to Life – James Wood, The Clown – Heinrich Böll, The End of the Story – Lydia Davis, Noodlot (Footsteps of Fate) – Louis Couperus, Nobody Move – Denis Johnson, Far-Flung (stories) – Peter Cameron (currently not in print and only available through our supplier of second-hand books), Manhood: A Journey from Childhood into the Fierce Order of Virility – Michel Leiris, Smash Cut: A Memoir of Howard & Art & the ’70s & the ’80s – Brad Gooch (review here)

JeroenW: The Vorrh by Brian Catling. This has some big names endorsing it (Alan Moore, Tom Waits), but since it’s a rather weird literary fantasy, who knows whether it’ll sell. I found it rather disappointing :-/.  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  Won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and that’s the way it reads, too.  De terugkeer van de wespendief by Aimee de Jongh.  Beautiful graphic novel, made in this country, that I had to order because the stores near us didn’t have it in stock.  For shame!

Nyjolene: Lockwood & Co.: the Screaming Staircase – Jonathan Stroud

Maarten: De schaduw van Tambora – Philip Dröge

Tiemen: Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. It is a typical Stephenson novel again; on the first page the moon explodes.*  Grace of Kings by Ken Liu.  Epic fantasy inspired by the Chinese classics.  Very beautifully written and Liu gives it a unique twist, something he calls “Silk Punk”.

*This tidbit led to an intrastore discussion of what constitutes a spoiler or not. “Not a spoiler because it happens on page 1” won by a 47-1 vote.

Sigrid:  Marketplace of the Marvelous: The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine by Erika Janik.  Spoiler 😉 : it gives the active compound of snake oil thereby debunking the myth that snake oil is synonymous with quackery.

Simone:  The Good Apprentice by Iris Murdoch.  It’s practically out of print, as far as I can tell.  That could be for a good reason, but I haven’t read enough of the book yet to know one way or the other. 🙂

Ester: Mort – Terry Pratchett

Jouke: A Crown for Cold Silver – Alex Marshall

Sophie: A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo and Seize the Day by Saul Bellow, both for book clubs.  The Guo book is written in the broken English of a Chinese girl who’s coming to the UK to study for a year.  It paints her picture very clearly but she’s very up-in-your-face.  The Bellow book was alright.  I didn’t like the main character very much in that book either.  🙂  I’m also re-reading Dune by Frank Herbert (apparently it’s Reread Your Classics!-month in my house).

Ebooks available for The Laughing Monsters, The Nearest Thing to Life, The End of the Story, Nobody Move, All the Light We Cannot See, Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, The Good Apprentice, Mort, A Crown for Cold Silver, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, and Seize the Day.