Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wednesday Book Report

I haven't read a great book lately. I mean, a really great book. The last really great novel I read was They Came Like Swallows, by William Maxwell.

I've put down a few books lately without finishing them. Dancing in the Dark was one. I had high hopes for that one, but it turned out to be rather heavy-handed literary criticism for the most part.

So I turned to a fantasy novel I'd picked up at a library sale a while back (costing me a nickel per book or something like that): Talon of the Silver Hawk, by Raymond Feist. It was pretty awful, juvenile stuff. I might have liked I when I was fourteen, reading all those John Carter of Mars novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Still working on the stash of books I bought from the library book sale, I have now turned to Kim Stanley Robinson's The Years of Rice and Salt. This fantasy has what the Feist book did not, a fascinating story, and fine sentence-making. If I like this book in the end as much as I like its beginning, I'll be reading a lot more Robinson.

Finally, I sent for Tim Keller's King's Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus. Even just the title has me intrigued.


Glynn said...

It's been a while since I read it (and I think I've mentioend it before), but I liked Maxwell's "They Came Like Swallows" as well. And I've just started exploring fantasy in the last two months or so, starting with C.S. Lakin. Last night, I started reading "Dragonsong" by Ian Thomas Curtis and it looks like it will be a good one.

Bob said...

I loved fantasy as a kid, but only come back to it now and then as an adult. I want to read the Lakin books someday.