Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My Booklist #7

1. Currently Reading:

Swan Song, by Robert McCammon.  I picked this up off Nate Southard's recommendation on his recent blog tour, and so far it hasn't disappointed.  It's a bit of a shift from the only other book I've read by McCammon - Boy's Life -  so it's taking a little time getting used to the different voice, but then again I've just started and it's one of those huge, multi-character epics with a ton of voices, so I'm sure I'll be enthralled before long.








 2. Recently Finished:

Mystery, by Peter Straub. Again, what more can I say about Peter Straub that won't leave me sounding like a squealing little fan boy?  Anyway - it's hard to put into words.  I saw on a board somewhere someone complaining about how they got bored reading Peter's work because he "puts too much real life stuff in there."

Blink.  Blink. 

Really?

Couldn't be that said "real life stuff" is actually what gives Peter's work its amazing substance and resonance? Its elegance?  It's deft and essence? 




Jack: Secret Histories, by F. Paul Wilson.  Uh, oh.  Another fan-boy moment.  Anyway, Jack's incarnation in a Teen novel was just as good and enthralling as his adult incarnation, and better yet -it looks intimately tied into the the Secret Histories mythos.  Also, an interesting thing:  over the past ten years of my English teaching career, I've read LOTS of teen novels.  One constant: when authors of adult contemporaries turn their hand to Young Adult/Teen novels...those works for teens are SO much better written, more intelligent than usual teen fare...but still palpable for teens.  The same is true here.