Thursday, November 30, 2006

what I'm reading now

What I read over the Thanksgiving weekend:
Lisey's Story, Stephen King: absorbing, and has some great parts in it (as when Scott gets shot) but not his best. There's a writerly metaphor made physical at the heart of the book that's interesting to think about--I wish he'd had more about that part of it.
Under Orders, Dick Francis: Sid Halley returns to solve a new horse-fixing mystery; readable, but again, not his best. It made me want to read Nerve again, which is my high-point Dick Francis book.
Sleeping with Fear, Kay Hooper: one of a trilogy about psychic FBI agents; bonus--the main character had amnesia. It held my interest until about 3/4 of the way through, when I got impatient and read the end.
The Black Book, Orhan Pamuk: I'm still reading this, very slowly, for the beauty of the prose. I'm on a part now where the main character is pondering the letters in faces, mysterious signs that must be read if we are to know our lives.
A mystery set in 1906 Vienna, with Freudian undertones: beautifully written, with a lot of interesting police procedural stuff of the day. (I'll put in the name later if I haven't taken it back to the library).
The Writer on Her Work, edited by Janet Sternburg: this is a re-read--I like to go back to it every once in a while for inspiration. A quote from Joan Didion's essay, "Why I Write":
To shift the structure of a sentence alters the meaning of that sentence, as definitely and inflexibly as the position of a camera alters the meaning of the object photographed.
The Big Book of Trucks and Tractors, can't remember the author: this is mostly pictures, each labeled with its name: dump truck; small excavator; forklift. I read this many times, and by the end of the weekend Z could point w/o fail to the dump truck, and was starting to master the various excavators, distinguishing them by their colors.


Blogger erieblue said...

Is Nerve the one where he's handcuffed to the steering wheel of a car and uses plastic wrap to catch water? Terrific book.

11/30/2006 3:24 PM  
Blogger lucette said...

No, but I love that one, whatever it's called.

11/30/2006 3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good thing starting that boy on construction books early. keep him on a steady diet of that, dinosaur books, and "the childrens guide to logging in oregon" and hell grow up like the meaty mid-westerner he should



11/30/2006 7:55 PM  
Blogger lucette said...

Hmm--have to look for children's guide to logging...

11/30/2006 10:37 PM  

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