One More Month

zhivagoI intend to dedicate a month again to reading two or three of those big fat, often classical, novels that have been hovering off the edge of my reading lists for year after year. I had hoped, but July is still overloaded with detective novels, interesting entertainments, and unabashed fluff.

I do have one big novel from my Bucket-List: Doctor Zhivago. I was in college when one Saturday they bused a bunch of us down to one of the big Hollywood movie palaces to see David Lean’s interpretation of Doctor Zhivago. I disliked the film, complaining that the music was not integrated with the visual effect. Possibly because of this personal opinion left over from the 1960s, I have avoided reading Pasternak’s novel for over fifty years. I guess this is the month and, surprise, I’m finding it an easy, satisfying read, despite all the patronymics.

After Zhivago, I have a varied selection of fun or otherwise attractive novels to read. This month I’ve tried to avoid repeating authors so as to give me the greatest spread possible. But interestingly, the more I look, the more I find. I see a possible pattern for future reading: one month with hopes of reading two or three classic novels, often from my Bucket-List, followed by a month or two of less challenging but often much more fun reading including weird fiction, detective stories, and maybe even some poetry.

Or should I plan for entire month dedicated to poetry?

Let me think about that, but for now,  this is the July reading pool:

  1. Killing the Blues — Michael Brandman
  2. The Screaming Mimi — Fredric Brown
  3. Last Stop Tokyo — James Buckler
  4. The Star of India — Carole Bugge
  5. And the Sea Will Tell — Vincent Bugliosi
  6. Cathedral — Raymond Chandler
  7. Between the World and Me — Ta-Nehisi Coates
  8. Eyes — William H. Gass
  9. The Corpse Came Calling — Brett Halliday
  10. Tinkers — Paul Harding
  11. A Japanese Schoolgirl — Yoko Kajihara
  12. God In Pink — Hasan Namir
  13. Indemnity Only — Sara Paretsky
  14. Doctor Zhivago — Boris Pasternak
  15. Dutch Uncle — Peter Pavia
  16. House of Fallen Trees — Gina Ranali
  17. The Man Who Died — Antti Tuomainen
  18. Flood — Andrew Vachss
  19. New York Dead — Stuart Woods
  20. Nemesis — Joe Yogerst.

 

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    • That slip showed up and then, through cut-and-paste, metasticised across the site. I thought I had corrected all instances but I must have missed one. Thanks.

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  1. The only one I’ve read is Doctor Zhivago.
    But I plan to read New York Dead. Just finished Woods’ Orchid Beach and loved it. There’s not that many in his Holly Barker series so I plan to Stone Barrington series. I liked the writing in Orchid Beach, so have high hopes for some of his other books.

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    • This will be my first Woods and it is the first Stone Barrington, I believe. But I am more interested in Andrew Vachss. His narratives are exciting and very gritty but I’m afraid his standard theme of child abuse might be tiring.

      Vachss is one author where knowing his history is useful. James Ellroy is another.

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      • I’ve never read anything by Vachss.

        Just finishing up Woods’ 2nd Holly Barker, Orchid Blues, and love it! Stone Barrington was mentioned, he called Barker and they have some sort of history. The 3rd Barker book, Reckless Abandon, is actually Barrington #10.

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