Wednesday, July 11, 2012

June Reads

Books can be read any month of the year. These are the ones I read in June:

Farm City: The education of an Urban Farmer – Novella Carpenter
Her name is Novella! I thought this would be preachy, or deadly serious. It was really, really good. Funny, educational, and often delightfully vulgar.

Fill the Grand Canyon and Live Forever – Andersen Prunty
This is bizarro fiction of the transgressional style. It was a delightful read. Really. The wild, elliptical logic between one sentence and the next provided constant small joys. Not every concept worked, but enough did.

Watership Down – Richard Adams
I’d never read this book, and I decided it was time. Thoroughly enjoyable. How is it that the rabbits in this Arthurian tale seem so much more realistic than the tired archetypes found in the humans of its genre?

A Bum Deal – Rufus Hannah
Autobiography of Rufus the Stunt Bum from the Bum Fights video series. Written in a raw, direct voice with real soul. Great stuff.

Spin – Robert Charles Wilson
This is one of those ideal scifi books that is fascinating in concept, and still rich in character.

The Long Way – Ramsey Campbell
Not his best, but enjoyable.

Kronk – Edmund Cooper
Scifi in the vein of Kurt Vonnegut, though not nearly as good.

The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon
What can you say? I enjoyed it, but Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco is better.

By Force of Arms – William Dietz
A nice distraction, but unremarkable. I probably won’t read any of the rest of the series. Saberhagen did the villains much better in his Berserker series. There’s a very weak, very forced romantic thread. The end is incredibly anticlimactic. The lack of black and white morality was great though. If everything had been as interesting, this would have been awesome.

McTeague – Frank Norris
McTeague is an enormous, slow-witted dentist in San Francisco round the year 1900. Boy did this book take a strange turn. I liked it.

A very satisfying sequel. Expands the big story without seeming like an incomplete episode. If you enjoyed the first, you’ll definitely enjoy this.


  1. Shit, I've never read Watership Down either!

    1. I decided to knock a classic off the bucket list. It was either this or Ulysses. I have a feeling I'll be saying, "It was either this or Ulysses" until I run out of classic books.