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Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day

Be sure to take the time today to appreciate one of nature's most engaging creatures. Alas, I'll be spending most of the day again in bed, but I did at least get the chance to watch and appreciate one of the many fine squirrels on the property. And yes, they are watching...

One of my reviews has been translated and printed in a newspaper's literary supplement section.

Last week, I wrote a review of Serbian writer Zoran Živkovi?'s 1998 novella, The Writer. Živkovi? liked it so much that he asked if I wouldn't mind if it were translated and submitted to the literary supplement section of the Belgrade newspaper Politika. Show More Summary

New Reading Poll

This one lists the e-ARC releases (and two print books) for upcoming releases (and one recently released) books that I likely shall be reviewing in the next few weeks. Will be taking reader votes in consideration when choosing which book to read/review next. Show More Summary

Zoran Živkovi?, Pisac/The Writer

Uklju?io sam kompjuter. Prethodno sam, naravno, spustio roletnu. Bio je to deo jutarnjeg rituala, koji je imao prakti?nog smisla za vedrih dana, kakav je bio ovaj, ali ne i onda kada bi bilo obla?no. Svejedno, ja sam je i tada spuštao, sujeverno teže?i jedinstvu ambijenta. Show More Summary

Three Upcoming Reviews This Weekend

Bben a bit busy the past couple of days, but I have three reviews that I hope to have published here by Sunday:1. Zoran Živkovi?, Pisac/The Writer (part of a triptych in English translation; standalone in Serbian).2. Andrés Neuman, El viajero del siglo (2009 Premio Alfaguara winner).3. Megan Mayhew Bergman, Almost Famous Women.

A little something I'm working on now

Working on a first draft translation of these seven paragraphs to add to the ones I've already done in my translation of Roberto Arlt's "El Jorobadito" ("The Little Hunchback"): Pero de este extremo al otro, en el que me colocan mis irreductibles enemigos, media una igual distancia de mentira e incomprensión. Show More Summary

December 2014 Reads

Read a lot in December, 71 books in all. One of my most prolific reading months. Managed to achieve my main reading goals this year, although it took some effort when it came to reading works in Portugese. Typing this on my iPad, so any formatting errors can be attributed to that. Show More Summary

Interesting article on "canon"

I've been thinking of writing on this topic for a while (more later this week), but Matt Cheney has a great take on the tricky issue of literary canon that I think many readers here would enjoy.

Claire Fuller, Our Endless Numbered Days

Highgate, London, November 1985 This morning I found a black-and-white photograph of my father at the back of the bureau drawer. He didn't look like a liar. My mother, Ute, had removed the other pictures of him from the albums she kept...Show More Summary

Kelly Link, Get in Trouble

Kelly Link has been one of my favorite short fiction writers ever since I read her debut collection, Stranger Things Happen, back in 2003. There is something about her fiction that is hard to describe as a common thread, yet when reading...Show More Summary

A few reviewish things for this weekend

Although I only just finished my Best of 2014 posts earlier this week, I already have a couple of books that I'm going to be reviewing this weekend. First up will be Kelly Link's upcoming collection, Get in Trouble, followed by Sait Faik Abas?yan?k's A Useless Man: Selected Stories (it comes out on Tuesday; the Link in early February). Show More Summary

2015 Releases I Plan on Reading and Reviewing

Since the 2014 edition turned out nicely, with an eventual 165 books listed by late December that each received some form of review, I thought I would do something similar (albeit on a likely smaller scale, since I likely won't haveShow More Summary

2015 Goals

Unlike previous years, I aim to make 2015 a simpler year for me in terms of goals. No wait, actually, I'm going to have fewer goals, but these might prove to be very difficult to accomplish.I did fairly well with my goals in 2014. I aimed to read at least 50 books each in Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese. Show More Summary

Top 50 releases of 2014: #1-20

Was a bit too busy yesterday to post #11-20, so I decided to combine it all together for the final 20 of 2014. Appropriate anyways, as it would have been very difficult to decide which belonged in which subgroup of ten. The differences between #1 and #20 are miniscule, as each of these are excellent works, featuring many new writers. Show More Summary

Best of 2014: Debuts

2014 was a good year for debut novelists. Out of the 26 debut novels/collections that I read this year, 12 made my Top 50 releases of 2014 list, with 6 in the Top 20 (to be posted shortly). Here they are, with brief descriptions:12. David Cronenberg, ConsumedOne of the more unusual, atmospheric novels I've read this year.11. Show More Summary

Luis Leante, Mira si yo te querré

Desde el barracón que hacía las veces de calabozo, el cabo Santiago San Román llevaba todo el día observando un movimiento anormal de tropas. Cuatro metros de anchos por seis de largo, un colchón sobre un somier con cuatro patas, una mesa, una silla, una letrina muy sucia y un grifo. Show More Summary

Xavier Velasco, Diablo Guardián

No lo puedo creer. La última ve que hice esto tenía un sacerdote enfrente. Y tenía una maleta llenísima de dólares, lista para salvarme del Infierno. ¿Sabes, Diablo Guardián? Te sobra cola para sacerdote, y aun así tendría que mentirte para que me absolvieras. Show More Summary

Best of 2014: Foreign Language Releases

I read 18 books this year that were published in a language other than English. The majority of these were nominated for prestigious national awards such as the Premio Strega, Premio Alfaguara, Prix Médicis, and the Prix Goncourt. Others were SF anthologies published in Spanish and Portuguese. Show More Summary

Top 50 releases of 2014: #21-30

#41-50#31-40Now that we're getting a little past the halfway point in this Top 50 list, the differences between these novels is shrinking ever more.30. Can Xue, The Last Lover (translated from Chinese by Annelise Finegan Wasmoen)One of the best experimental, surrealist fictions from one of my favorite short story writers.29. Show More Summary

Top 50 releases of 2014: #31-40

#41-50Here's the second grouping of ten for the Top 50 releases of 2014 that I read. It's getting to be a bit harder to rank these, as these are some high-quality works.40. Siri Hustvedt, The Blazing WorldBooker Prize-longlisted story of art and sexism in the industry.39. Show More Summary

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