Books

What I'm Reading and Recommending

I’ve been building so many different kinds of reading lists, it’s becoming hard to keep track.  Hence, I have re-organized all of my lists to this central place.  Hope this is helpful!   Some of these pages you can add to and revise, as well!

Steve's Bookshelf: Reading Now

Annihilation
If I hope to enjoy the new streaming series, I better get this trilogy going. The first chapter offers an appropriate narrative distance in exposition, so it has left me intrigued. But, like the ill-authored show Lost, I worry that it ha...
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Blindsight
Recommended and recommended though the summary concept of the book is off-putting. Still, good sf is rare, and this may scratch an itch while I look for more Pellegrino. . . .
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In Search of Lost Time [volumes 1 to 7] (Centaur Classics) [The 100 greatest novels of all time - #13]
I've been waiting over a decade to begin this masterwork. Already it has challenged me and it takes me an hour or so to fall back into the prose and follow the subtle cognitive strokes Proust through his narrative. A joy. . . .
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The Prague Cemetery
Funny and sinister simultaneously, Eco understands how to craft a conspiracy through history like Dan Brown can't fathom. Enjoying this so far!
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What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures
Picked this up recently because Gladwell, of course. Early forays in look like more of his easy prose capturing complex issues through storytelling. Ketchup is ketchup? Who knew?
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Steve's Bookshelf: Reviews

Gwendy's Button Box
really liked it
A promising novella that offers some classic "Monkey's Paw" challenges to a young girl who is gifted a too-powerful temptation. Is there any value in bad fortune or loss? Who should arbitrate death? What have we accepted about our leader...
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
liked it
Are you a King completist? If so, this is probably for you. An odd collection of odds and ends across his career, of the 19 off works, perhaps two will stay with me. The highlights are, as ever, the characters King creates, many of them ...
Dark Screams: Volume One
it was ok
Seeking some original writers of the genre, I was disappointed to find that the old "Weeds" story by King was the highlight of the pile, here. Why must unexplained torturous circumstances be considered clever horror? Why must a simple re...
Dark Screams: Volume Two
really liked it
This second outing in the series scored many more hits, with nearly each story offering something curious enough to hold interest: a unique idea for a demon, a play on the furniture of C.S. Lewis, even a simple monster hunt in the local ...
Mr. Mercedes
liked it
Straightforward potboiler King here, but not disappointing for that. The characters are solid, the regrets and failings of the protagonists believable, and the tension tightly-wrapped. For all that, however, the King tropes addle their w...

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Steve's favorites book montage

Fahrenheit 451
Material World: A Global Family Portrait
Spirit Of Community
Markings
Dubliners
Bored of the Rings: A Parody of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings
The Waste Land and Other Poems
The Zoo Story and Other Plays
Metaphors We Live By
Invisible Man
The Lottery
The Four Loves
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
The Hero With a Thousand Faces
The Myth of Sisyphus
The Screwtape Letters
Myths to Live By
The Power of Myth
The Lion in Winter
The American Dream & The Zoo Story


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