Not a lot of energy for posting since getting back from China a week and a half ago, but I do want to let folks know we haven’t disappeared. It’s just been a busy summer so far. So, here’s a list of books I’ve finished and am currently working on.
- Don Delillo’s White Noise
- Denis Johnson’s Nobody Move
- Virgil’s Aeneid
- Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing, Book 1
- Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing, Book 2
Nobody Move was an easy, two-day read. Was it noire or noire parody? Well, after finishing Raymond Chandler’s first two books, I can say confidently that that question is unanswerable and integral to the genre.
Delillo’s White Noise was incredibly funny and dark, but also kind of draining in a “you’re going to do nothing but think about your own inexorable march toward oblivion” way.
The Aeneid audiobook was listened to while driving to/from North Carolina right when I got back from China. It’s good, but after a while you start thinking, “Well, shit, I could’ve just listened to The Odyssey and The Iliad (in that order) and gotten pretty much the same story but without all that Rome-rah!-rah!-rah!.”
The Saga of the Swamp Thing is something I’ve been meaning to read for a while. It’s supposed to be a classic in the comic book genre. As I slip into book 3, I’m starting to question some of the plot/character-development decisions. Basically, I think I preferred my Swamp Thing to be the existential anomaly he was in book 1 rather than the “elemental” he became at the end of book 2. Also, I would’ve preferred he stay being a metaphor for America’s dread of Vietnam instead of America’s environmental freedom fighter. But, I guess, in that way this transition is much like Godzilla’s, from atomic nightmare demon to protector of Tokyo. But that’s a whole other convo right there….
In the works:
- Illuminates Trilogy (I started over from the beginning, and it’s been a real chore…)
- World War Z (as recommended by a history professor neighbor who likened it to this book)
- The other four books of Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing
With the completed books, I’m at 21 books for the year (31 if Infinite Jest counts for 10 books) and struggling to get any motivation to read more.