Booking Through Thursday: Winter Reading

February 4, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Posted in Book Blather | Leave a comment

Here is my response to this week’s Booking Through Thursday:

The northern hemisphere, at least, is socked in by winter right now… So, on a cold, wintry day, when you want nothing more than to curl up with a good book on the couch … what kind of reading do you want to do?

When the weather is bad, I like to read books in which the weather is also bad.  This might sound strange, but to me it adds to the atmosphere.  Reading about stormy weather during the summer just reminds me that summer will be over soon.

The other thing I like to read during winter weather is dark, heavy stuff.  January especially calls out for depressing plots and doomsaying nonfiction.  Gloom goes with gloom.

Now, I live in Northern California, where our winter blahs just mean rain, wind, mud, and the occasional flooding incident.  The temperature rarely descends to freezing.  Last week I saw some daffodils blooming, shortly followed by a robin perching in a tree.  I guess if I’m going to read American Pastoral I’d better do it before spring comes!

“Sandman Slim”

February 4, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Posted in Fiction, Science Fiction | Leave a comment

Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim is a hilarious and profane joyride, a novel with enough juice to make a series, and something I hope someone is making into a film right now.

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On the first page we learn that the protagonist, Stark, has returned to Earth from years of living in Hell.  What follows is a rip-roaring revenge story packed with supernatural beings, great action sequences, and more costume changes than the film Elizabeth.  I don’t want to spoil it for you, though – you’ll have to enjoy it for yourself – but if you’re into vampire stuff, you might enjoy Sandman Slim for a slight change of pace.

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