Best of 2012 Survey

I was really worried that the projected end of the world would mean I would get to never finish The Anatomy of Melancholy, but then I woke up the next day to blue skies and sunshine so I think I’m safe for awhile. At least this wrong prediction was science based and didn’t involve a mythical supreme being in a fit of pique.

So this morning I was futzing on the internet, picked up a survey that must be going around (A Little Blog of Books and Other Stuff), and unasked decided to pop it into my weblog and answer the questions as truthfully as possible.  Here it is:


1. Best Book You Read In 2012:

Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner. No question.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

First, I look on books I haven’t read yet with guarded anticipation and can’t imagine why I might ever be “excited” by a book; nor do I ever hope to apply the term “love” to a book. But to provide an answer to the question:  I read Spurious by Lars Iyer and was disappointed that it didn’t meet up with my expectations or the hype printed on the back cover.

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Literary Finds For Mutated Minds!

Folks over at the old Experimental Fiction group on Yahoo are aware of Atomic Books in Baltimore but it never hurts to hit that drum a couple of extra times.

Atomic Books is an excellent source of, shall we say, less conservative books, magazines, videos, toys, etc. Although their web site is a great place to visit, get ideas, and even make a purchase or two, they also are active in the community so if you are in the Baltimore area, you might stop in for some mind expansion.

Atomic Books has a face-to-face reading group which, even if you can’t make the regular meetings, certainly suggests an interesting reading list for the year that you might want to slip into your TBR pile. For 2012, the topic is “the end of the world.” Here is the write-up from the Atomic Books Blog site (links are for Atomic Books) —

Atomic Reading Club – 2012 – The End

It’s almost 2012 – is the end near? It sure feels like a lot of the world is ending as we’ve known it, but thoughts about the end of time have been around with us since time practically began. So let’s spend the year delving into what the apocalypse and post apocalypse might look and feel like from writers of the last couple of centuries. Our theme for 2012 is apocalyptic books!

As always, the titles are all 15% off for Reading Club members and all you have to do to join is tell us at the counter! Discussions for each title is the last Wednesday of the month, at Atomic Books, 7:30pm!