May 3, 2011

May Reading Plan

I'm carrying over two books from my April list:

THE INTUITIONIST by Colson Whitehead - Haven't start it yet.

GREEN MARS by Kim Stanley Robinson - Read about a hundred pages.

And I'm adding two more:

THE CITY AND THE CITY by China Miéville - This book was mentioned frequently at FOGcon, which had a theme of "The City". It was recently handed to me by a friend along with a glowing recommendation. What I know about the book is that it's a fantasy concerning two cities that exist in the same physical location. I've previously read Miéville's UN LUN DUN, set in a mirror version of London.

IF SONS, THEN HEIRS by Lorene Cary - A new release that I probably read about on some book blog, though I've lost track of which one. I didn't realize until I received my copy that Cary is the author of the memoir BLACK ICE, about her time at a New England prep school. I read that book -- it must have been soon after its release -- in a class at my own (different) New England prep school, and then Cary came and spoke at a school assembly. Anyway, I was attracted to the new novel because it involves several generations of a family.

Good Stuff Out There:

→ Robin Black at Beyond the Margins contemplates story beginnings: "In the moment before the story starts, the reader knows nothing, and the author knows everything."

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