Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Reading List: August 2008

I have been foolish enough to subject myself to a couple of undergraduate fiction workshops in the past. One of the things I learned is the ease with which one can discuss a work with obvious flaws, and the reality that when something is really good there doesn't seem to be all that much to say about it.

This past month I read some very good books, like Joseph O'Neill's Netherland and Lauren Groff's The Mons
ters of Templeton. Yet, I just don't have it in me this month to write a reaction to everything I've read. I liked most of it, didn't some of it, and hated one particular book. Some of those thoughts are detailed in other posts, but some aren't, and should anyone (of the 3 people that maybe read this) want me to comment on something specific they need only ask.

Last month I finished 28 books and graphic novels. Here is what they were:

  • Bill Willingham, et al. Fables: Homelands
  • Christopher L. Bennett Greater than the Sum
  • Stephen King On Writing
  • Bill Willingham, et al. Fables: Arabian Nights (And Days)
  • Joan Didion Play It As It Lays
  • Bill Willingham, et al. Fables: Wolves
  • Steve Gerber, et al. Essential Howard the Duck
  • Thomas M. Disch The Man Who Had No Idea
  • Lauren Groff The Monsters of Templeton
  • Brian K. Vaughan & Pia Guerra Ring of Truth
  • Philip Roth Indignation
  • Brian K. Vaughan & Pia Guerra Girl on Girl
  • Joseph O’Neill Netherland
  • Chris Offutt The Good Brother
  • Brian K. Vaughan & Pia Guerra Paper Dolls
  • Vali Nasr The Shia Revival
  • Joe Sacco Notes from a Defeatist
  • Tom Vanderbilt Traffic
  • Brian K. Vaughan & Pia Guerra Kimono Dragons
  • James Wood How Fiction Works
  • Heidi Julavits The Effect of Living Backwards
  • Brian K. Vaughan & Pia Guerra Motherland
  • Geoff Trowbridge The Chimes at Midnight
  • Brian K. Vaughan & Pia Guerra Whys and Wherefores
  • David Benioff City of Thieves
  • Keith R.A. DeCandido A Gutted World
  • Charles Palliser The Sensationist
  • Brian Michael Bendis & Michael Avon Oeming Powers: Who Killed Retro Girl?
The plan is to post more often this month, but we'll see how that goes.

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