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Archived Since:April 27, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Karen Joy Fowler wins the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Somehow missed the shortlist announcement, but it is very cool to see that Karen Joy Fowler won this year's PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her novel, We Are Completely Beside Ourselves, which was one of my favorite 2013 books. I've...Show More Summary

Rough translation of the Aeneid, Book II, Lines 1-13

After posting my 1994 translation notes of Vergil's Aeneid, Book I (minus some breaks that I translated this year to cover the gaps of 5-10 lines here and there), over the first three months, now I'm going to begin posting shorter (mostly...Show More Summary

March 2014 Reads

March was a slightly better reading month than February, as I completed 23 books despite going almost a week at a time without reading anything. There were 5 re-reads this month, two of which has already been reviewed and another 1-2 may be reviewed in the near future. Show More Summary

Assorted news and announcements

George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois announced on Monday another of their well-received themed anthologies. Unlike Dangerous Women and the forthcoming Rogues, their next anthology, the tentatively-titled Epode, will be devoted to modern epic poetry. Show More Summary

Received an interesting protest letter in my inbox yesterday

Just returned home from work to discover that there was an email sent to me by someone associated with PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). I thought perhaps at first it was a mass emailing, trying to raise money. Certainly the header, "Stop the cruelty!", could have supported this view. Show More Summary

Graciela Montes and Ema Wolf, El turno del escriba

Historical novels, especially those that seek to "recreate" key moments in time, are very tricky for me to review. Verisimilitude often can get in the way of telling a particular type of story, either by forcing the author/s to devote...Show More Summary

When I was...

When I was five, I largely taught myself how to read, according to my mother. I had just begun kindergarten and while we learned the shapes of the letters and the sounds of the alphabet, the emphasis was not on achieving initial literacy until first grade. Show More Summary

Cover Art and the Revisiting of Books Long Ago Read

Every now and then I'll see a post on other blog about upcoming books or books they desire to read/review soon. Often these title lists will include cover art. Without reading any blurbs, I generally can tell which type of fiction (for the majority of the blogs that I read on occasion, it's SF/Fantasy) the books are by the cover art alone. Show More Summary

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto

"A specter is haunting Europe – the specter of Communism." With this line, one of the most famous and enduring political pamphlets, the 1848 The Communist Manifesto, co-written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, begins. So much is associated with Marx and Engel's names, ranging from wars to authoritarian regimes to revolutionary zeal. Show More Summary

Okey Nbide, Foreign Gods, Inc.

At their first meeting, Ike sensed that Bernita was trouble on two legs. She walked up to him like an old acquaintance. Without saying a word, she gathered up the folds of his agbada made of white brocade and lavishly embroidered. She turned the fabric this way and that, trying to hold it to what light there was in the dully lit hall. Show More Summary

Kyle Minor, Praying Drunk

We begin with the trouble, but where does the trouble begin? My uncle takes a pistol and blows his brains out. Now we may proceed to the aftermath. The removal of the body from his bedroom. The cleanup. The reading of the will. The funeral in West Palm Beach, Florida. Show More Summary

Molly Antopol, The UnAmericans

I knew the second Katka saw any of this onstage it would all be over, but I couldn't think about that now. Because for this moment Daniela looked as if she believed every word. Or probably just wanted to badly enough. Her gaze was fixed and wide, as if she were watching television. Show More Summary

Reminding Hugo Awards voters that I am ineligible for consideration for Fan Writer

I see that Monday was some sort of mass silliness in some quarters, called by some a quasi-official day of reminding people of his/her eligibility for some category or another of the Hugo Awards. In response, I thought I would let Hugo...Show More Summary

Helen Oyeyemi, Boy, Snow, Bird

Nobody ever warned me about mirror, so for many years I was fond of them, and believed them to be trustworthy. I'd hide myself away inside them, setting two mirrors up to face each other so that when I stood between them I was infinitely reflected in either direction. Show More Summary

Books I plan on reviewing this week

I'm currently on spring break from one of my two jobs, so I have a bit more time this week to devote to reviewing, so here are the titles I plan on reviewing over the next seven days or so:Helen Oyeyemi, Boy, Snow, BirdJesse Ball, Silence...Show More Summary

Today is William Shatner's birthday

This was a typical squirrel reaction to the news that William Shatner just celebrated his 83rd birthday on March 22, 2014:

Brief thoughts on the Clarke Award

I know I'm a little late in posting this, but a couple of days ago, the shortlist for the 2014 Arthur C. Clarke Award was announced. Below are the shortlisted titles, bold representing works already read. God’s War, Kameron Hurley (Del...Show More Summary

Jorge Franco wins the 2014 Premio Alfaguara; Alfaguara imprint sold to Penguin Random House for $100 million

In the past 48 hours, two exciting bits of news has come out of the Spanish publication field: 1) On the eve of Alfaguara, the imprint founded 50 years ago this summer by Nobel Prize-winning writer Camilo José Cela, was sold, along with related imprints by the Prisa Group for $100 million to Penguin Random House. Show More Summary

Brief thoughts regarding the inaugural Folio Prize, awarded March 10

Some awards just garner more attention than others, apparently. Or perhaps some of us who have pretensions of being aware of English-language literary awards just are not all that aware. Regardless, the inaugural Folio Prize shortlist...Show More Summary

What would a starter list of "100 Great Novels of the 21st century" look like in 2014?

Almost six years ago, I wrote a post about "100 20th Century Fictions: A Starter List," where I listed 100 books (without any ranking) that I thought deserved such a lofty consideration. At the time, I did not consider it to be a "definitive"...Show More Summary

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