Reading: 2019

Titles Read = 20

The Locusts Have No King — Dawn Powell

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World — Steve Brusatta

Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free — Charles P. Pierce

Slow Boat — Hideo Furukawa
Short, fast moving, a little meta.

The Aeneid — Virgil (Fagles)
A Classic for sure. The basic story is this guy escapes the destruction of Troy and at the bidding of a goddess sails to Italy where he slaughters the people there and founds what will become Rome. Fagles is a prose translation, albeit somewhat poetic; I probably would prefer Lattimore.

Love Is a Dog From Hell — Charles Bukowski
Poems. Some even good. Bukowski is an interesting fellow and not a bad writer.

The Atheist’s Bible — Joan Konner
A wonderful collection of quotations ready made for the literate atheist.

The Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse — Daphne Lamb

A Dissertation Upon Roast Pig — Charles Lamb
Some so-so essays but a couple of really good ones.I love this genre.

Masks — Fumiko Enchi

Maigret In Antwerp — Joe Richards

Loups-Garous — Naatsuhiko Kyogoku

No God But God — Resa Aslan
Good overview and history of Islam.

Maigret At Fouquet’s — Robert J. Courtine

A Visit From the Goon Squad — Jennifer Egan

Streetwise — Mohamed Chaukri
Autobiographical novel following up For Bread Alone.

Empire V — Victor Pelevin

The Ghost In the Shell — Tow Ubukata
Four short novels concerning future enhancements to humans, both physical and mental.

The Virgin of Flames — Chris Abani
An engaging story of a near future in East LA. Better than most.

Maigret and the Murder in a Minor Key — Murielle Wenger (-)
Unfortunately, most derivative (copycat) novels tend to emphasize the identifiable themes and motifs of the original. Half the work is done without requiring an ounce of imagination from the new author. However, this can be allowed if iit frees up the new author for an explosion of intricate narrative and intriguing discourse; unfortunately that was not the case in this friendly but flawed copy of a Maigret novel.