imagesI mentioned that Sunday I was going to make my first trip out of the house with my daughter’s family heading down to a local wildlife sanctuary. What I didn’t realize was that the sanctuary had been the model or Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy. Yes, I spent the afternoon in Area X, right next to the Lighthouse.

If you enjoy contemporary speculative fiction that doesn’t rely on abnormal sex or extra gaseous appendages, VanderMeer’s trilogy is recommended. However, if the New Weird is your direction, much of VanderMeer’s earlier work is probably more to your liking (Veniss Underground comes to mind). Like many authors through the years and around the world, VanderMeer moved from the early vigor of literary rebelliousness to a more mainstream narrative form, albeit about a mysterious and dangerous part of a future United States.

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Late Again At XFX

images-5.jpgThe new year rolled around and I successfully updated all the parts of A Celebration of Reading (ACOR) to start the new reading list and catalog the books I read during the year. I even contemplated removing or radically modifying my Bookshelves entries since I will be donating most of the books as I move to much smaller quarters in Florida and since I have replaced so many of those books with digital versions to read on my iPad.

So I’m sitting here sipping tea and noting the imaginative, experimental books I have already read this month and contemplating a few upcoming titles that have my own bodily fluids gurgling when I realized that I had forgotten to update and extend the reading list for the embedded Experimental Fiction reading group (XFX).

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The Nobel Prize in Literature

Yes, it’s coming up on that time again and the odds-makers are coming alive with their predictions. The is the list of authors I have seen mentioned for the honor:

  • Haruki Murakami
  • Mo Yan
  • Cees Nooteboom
  • Ismail Kadare
  • Chinua Achebe
  • Dacia Maraini
  • Mircea Cartarescu
  • Merethe Lindstrøm
  • Leonard Nolens
  • Adonis
  • Thomas Pynchon
  • Alice Munro
  • Cormac McCarthy
  • Philip Roth

Who do you think will win? Who should be on the list that is missing? Personally, I think Murakami will win but he wouldn’t be my choice if I was asked to make the selection. It would be a tough decision but I think I would go with Ismail Kadare.

There’s a lot more to the Nobel Prize than literature and dynamite, so take a peak at the official Nobel Prize web site.

The Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded … see the new post.