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An updated reading list. (^__^)b 
10th-Aug-2005 10:53 pm
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a.k.a. EVERYTHING novel-ish that is on the pile right now. And if you wait around long enough, you'll find reviews of them all right here on this journal! (^^;


Literary Fiction:
The Assault, The Palace of the White Skunks, The Color of Summer, and Hallucinations by Reinaldo Arenas* - Three of these novels are a part of a quintet about Cuba; I need to get the rest.
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Prime by Poppy Z. Brite**
The Hours by Michael Cunningham**
The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Rough Music by Patrick Gale**
Dancer from the Dance and In September, the Light Changes by Andrew Holleran*
The Spell by Alan Hollinghurst*
Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally
The Vintner's Luck, Billie's Kiss, and Black Oxen by Elizabeth Knox
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Longing by J. D. Landis
Master and Commander and The Far Side of the World by Patrick O'Brian
The Collected Stories and A Great Circle: The Mayfield Trilogy by Reynolds Price**
A Density of Souls and Snow Garden by Christopher Rice** - Yeah, I know...son of Anne Rice. But I can't help myself; I'm curious.
A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
The Coming Storm and Sea of Tranquility by Paul Russell* - Loved what I've read so far of his work, but it I have to be in a serious mood.
The World of Normal Boys by K. M. Soehnlein* - An apparent favorite on Amazon, I ultimately couldn't resist because it takes place in New Jersey.
Fanny and Nocturnes for the King of Naples by Edmund White*
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman**
Hunting Midnight and The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon by Richard Zimler** - An amazing writer--I just had to see more.

Horror:
Cities of the Dead, Owl Light, and The Colors of Hell by Michael Paine** - Yeah, the guy who eventually goes on to do gay Egyptian vampires...

Speculative Fiction:
Songmaster by Orson Scott Card
Kushiel's Dart, Kushiel's Chosen, and Kushiel's Avatar by Jacqueline Carey
Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin
This Alien Shore by C. S. Friedman
The Ordinary by Jim Grimsley**
Changing Planes and The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
A Bed of Earth, Venus Preserved, and The Claidi Collection (Book I-III) by Tanith Lee - An ongoing, young adult series.
Avaryan Rising and Avaryan Resplendent by Judith Tarr - Actually six novels, total.
Mistress of Dragons by Margaret Weis

Non-Fiction:
Nature Via Nurture by Matt Ridley

*authors most typically found in the Gay/Lesbian Fiction section of Borders
**authors NOT located in Gay/Lesbian Fiction but who are, arguably, writing it



Obsessed a little? Who, me? *innocent smile*

FYI: I am currently reading The Hours.
Comments 
11th-Aug-2005 03:17 am (UTC)
The Hours: The movie was great but I haven't read the novel.

Elizabeth Knox: I've heard from someone who's read all her novels that none of them are as good as Vintner's Luck.

The Historian: Heard lots of good things about it.

Patrick O'Brian: I think his Master&Commander series is 11 novels long or such. Also heard he died so they are unfinished.

Christopher Rice: Said to be gay and possessed of his mother's gift with words, but not her ability for plot and character development.

Songmaster: A classic or so everyone who's praised it says. But ready your kleenex for the ending.

Kushiel's Series: S&M erotica with a dash of fantast, BDSM, and some non-con. It sounds delightful^_^ *being ironic here*

The Dispossessed: Recced to me but without any specific incentive to read it.


I think it's amazing how much I've heard about these novels without reading them yet^_^
11th-Aug-2005 04:55 am (UTC)
The Hours: The movie was great but I haven't read the novel.

Just finished it. I could die happy right now.

The Historian: Heard lots of good things about it.

But not from me. The first time I attempted it, I got bored.

Christopher Rice: Said to be gay and possessed of his mother's gift with words, but not her ability for plot and character development.

Given the mother's amount of talent with plot/character development, that does not bode well.

Kushiel's Series: S&M erotica with a dash of fantast, BDSM, and some non-con. It sounds delightful^_^ *being ironic here*

I've read the first 200 pages or so of the first novel. Yep, that's what it is. Lots and lots and lots of background mythology--a kind of alternate Christianity that was interesting at times. Incidentally, the guys are all slashable, and, indeed, they do sleep with each other.

I think it's amazing how much I've heard about these novels without reading them yet^_^

But you haven't, I take it, read any of these yourself?

Ah, what to read next? *ponders list*
11th-Aug-2005 05:09 am (UTC)
But you haven't, I take it, read any of these yourself?

Nope, which is why I said it was amazing^_^ IT's difficult to keep up with anyone when I only order books every few months and usually in a small amount too.

My books shoukd arrive today or tomorrow.

11th-Aug-2005 05:19 am (UTC)
*giggles* Seems like, in the past, I was trying to keep up with you! Especially with the sci-fi/fantasy writers.

*looks at list* I think my interests are too wide for my own good, though most of these are united by a theme of gender representation...

You know, I've been trying to read three novels every week, and I'd been doing pretty well up until last week. It's just that I look back on huge swaths of my recent life were I was reading few to no novels independently, and suddenly feeling I really needed to make up for that lack. I was terribly well-read in middle school, but it's all been downhill from there.
11th-Aug-2005 05:36 am (UTC)
To be fair, you were in Korea at the time. We see now what happens when you're on US soil and near a bookshop^_~

*giggles* Seems like, in the past, I was trying to keep up with you! Especially with the sci-fi/fantasy writers.

*looks at list* I think my interests are too wide for my own good, though most of these are united by a theme of gender representation...

You know, I've been trying to read three novels every week, and I'd been doing pretty well up until last week. It's just that I look back on huge swaths of my recent life were I was reading few to no novels independently, and suddenly feeling I really needed to make up for that lack.

I know the feeling. I used to devour 5 novels a week in the past. Lately it's been 2 a week. I wanted to take it easy and enjoy the books instead of reading so fast as if I had a debt to myself or my brain^_^ I found that if I take my time reading a book, I can remember passages from it for years to come.
11th-Aug-2005 12:28 pm (UTC)
Yay Native Tongue and the Kushiel trilogy! I picked up Jaqueline Carey's new series off SFBC yesterday, too.
11th-Aug-2005 12:31 pm (UTC)
Yep, Native Tongue via your recommendation. ^_~

I saw that new Carey book on the Sci-Fi Book Club as well--a male lead this time. Oooohhhh...*that* fact looks oh so promising! XD Gonna hold off on it for awhile, though. Too much to read already! ^^;;; If you get around to reading it, though, do tell me what you think!
11th-Aug-2005 12:33 pm (UTC)
Will do. I liked the Kushiel trilogy, because a book with a masochistic courtesan as a main character was just too much fun. I really loved the Venetian air it had, too, and the elaborate mythology. Some interesting politics and worldbuilding, too, which always makes me happy.
11th-Aug-2005 12:37 pm (UTC)
I read the first 200 pages or so of the first novel and got distracted for some reason. Perhaps because S&M really isn't my thing. ^^; After Anne Rice and Steven Saylor (as Aaron Travis), I'd had my fill of that for a long time. I've always been meaning to get back to it, though, and I got the hardcover books *really* cheap, so now I have the chance.

But I thought the setting's atmosphere was supposed to be French? No? ^^;;;;;;
11th-Aug-2005 12:40 pm (UTC)
You might be right - it's been a while since I read them. I do remember the lush atmosphere, though. ^_^;;
11th-Aug-2005 12:44 pm (UTC)
Hmm. "Terre d'Ange" sounds more French than Italian to me. (Italian would be less clipped?)

I heard that the first book in the trilogy is the best. Is that true, do you think?
12th-Aug-2005 03:42 am (UTC)
The Kushiel trilogy is really worth sticking out, IMO... Carey's writing is exquisite in parts and the more weathered (?) Phedre gets through the course of the trilogy makes her a much more intriguing character; the characters she meets during the course of her journey and her interactions with them are rather fascinating as well. And of course, I hold a special place in my heart for Hyacinthe!

That said, I just finished the Banewreaker, the first book of The Sundering... and Carey's writing has established itself nicely (though she does that repeating of certain phrases thing that gets to me a tad). I don't think the description of this book (boring an somewhat misleading) on its jacket flap does it any sort of justice whatsoever... so don't go by that. If Harry Potter hadn't given me something to waste my time on, I would be jonesing for the second book of The Sundering like quite the fiend.
12th-Aug-2005 11:55 am (UTC)
When I find the funds, I'm definitely going to buy the 2-1 edition of Carey's new series from the Sci-Fi Book Club. What I've read thus far of Kushiel's Dart was enjoyable; I just have to be in the right...mood for it.

By the way, did you receive my email? I replied awhile ago to your little "Hello." ^_^
12th-Aug-2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear it... you'll find the trilogy most rewarding! And yes, I did. I'm just slow in responding in general, but I'm also moving this week. I promise I'll e-mail you a verbose reply soon! ;)
12th-Aug-2005 03:10 pm (UTC)
I'm just slow in responding in general, but I'm also moving this week. I promise I'll e-mail you a verbose reply soon! ;)

I was just checking. I've had important emails go down the electronic memory hole before, so as a rule I always like to follow up. ^_^

(Your interests in grad school sound very similar to mine, though. It's always very cool to find someone like that!)
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