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I have finished Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace! I have now read four of Atwood’s novels: The Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and now Alias Grace. Atwood is one of those writers, who the more you read their books, the more you understand the other books that they have written. There is a common sensibility and variations of (a) theme(s) that you would expect from work originating from the same writer; but more than that, you can see how it’s all related in some sort of private universe that we all are privileged to share. I’m looking forward to exploring more of this private universe with Life Before Man and Wilderness Tips, both of which I picked up at the Rogue Book Exchange a couple of weeks ago. 

Right now though, I’m reading The Blackwater Lightship (by Colm Toibin.) I have a number of stacks and lists of books I “should” be reading for various challenges and memes; but this is the one that is called out to me. I didn’t know anything about it when I picked it up and I wonder if the cover art, with its muted golden hues, is what attracted me in somehow appealing to my mood. I looked up “Blackwater’ and discovered that it means, uh, sewage of the nastiest kind; and I was a bit wary of what this might portend in the book; but it tuns out that Blackwater is the name of the town setting! “The Blackwater Lightship” sounds like a rather romantic title though, doesn’t it? But there’s nothing particularly romantic about it: Declan is dying from AIDS and his sister, mother and grandmother have been called upon to bear witness and be with him in this (perhaps final) round of illness. The setting is in Ireland and the time is 1992 and so reasonable hope is not a factor in the atmosphere of the story.

I should finish The Blackwater Lightship tonight and then I have Man in the Dark, a short novel by Paul Auster here on-hand. I’m not sure I like Paul Auster, having read Invisible last week; but I think this is worth investigating before I move on. 

Then I need to read Say Nice Things About Detroit (by Scott Lasser) for work. I head into the studio next week with Kevin Kenerly narrating 🙂

  1. Emma (by Jane Austen) – Back to the Classics; Mount TBR
  2. Enough About Love (by Herve LeTellier)
  3. The Kite Runner (by Khaled Hosseini) – What’s in a Name? Challenge #5
  4. The Royal Road to Fotheringhay (by Jean Plaidy) – Mount TBR
  5. Pest Control (by Bill Hughes) – What’s in a Name? Challenge #5
  6. The Religion (by Tim Willocks) – Mount TBR
  7. The Time Traveler’s Wife (by Audrey Neffenegger) – Mount TBR
  8. Netherland (by Joseph O’Neill)
  9. The Age of Innocence (by Edith Wharton)
  10. Sea of Poppies (by Amitav Ghosh)


AUDIO

I’m in the middle of We’re Alive, Season 1 (by Kc Wayland; performed by a full cast,)  putting The Arthur Miller Collection (by Arthur Miller; performed by various full casts) on hold until after I’ve finished with the zombie podcasts. With Armchair Audies, Zombie Awareness Month and SYNC, I may have taken on too much; but I still may be able to pull it all off 🙂

  1. Zombiestan (by Mainak Dhar; narrated by John Lee)
  2. Vacation (by Matthew Costello; narrated by Peter Macon)
  3. The Bone House (by Brian Freeman; narrated by Joe Barrett) – Thriller/Suspense
  4. Silent Scream (by Karen Rose; narrated by Marguerite Gavin) – Thriller/Suspense
  5. My Dog Tulip (by J.R. Ackerley; narrated by Ralph Cosham) – Biography/Memoir
  6. The 4% Universe (by Richard Penak; narrated by Ray Porter) – Non-Fiction
  7. My Korean Deli (by Ben Ryder Howe; narrated by Bronson Pinchot) – Non-Fiction
  8. The 13-1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear (by Walter Moers; narrated by Bronson Pinchot) – Fantasy
  9. Rumo and His Miraculous Adventures (by Walter Moers; narrated by Bronson Pinchot) – Fantasy
  10. The Eleventh Plague (by Jeff Hirsch; narrated by Dan Bittner)
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