One thing I did manage to do on my China trip was read. A recap of my literary travels:
The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon
I picked this book up mostly because I was hoping for another Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Although the book radiates with Chabon’s familiar prose that leaves me in utter awe, I was not drawn into the story in the same way as I was with Kavalier and Clay. The characters are beautifully flawed and the story is complex, but I just couldn’t find myself in the middle of it all. However, it did win a Hugo, among other things, so perhaps my opinion is way off the mark.
Looking for Jake and Other Stories by China Mieville
If I could list only one author whose writing style I aspire to in some way emulate, it would be China Mieville. Looking for Jake is a perfect example of his self-described “weird fiction” style which plunges the reader in to a story in which you must use all your senses in an attempt to gain purchase. Read this collection.
Heiress Without A Cause by Sara Ramsey
A historical romance, this is not my usual read, but I picked it up in support of the author who, like me, left her job at Google to write full-time. She has been much more successful, as is evidenced by her published books (second in the series is Scotsmen Prefer Blondes). This book follows the story of Lady Madeleine, an actress in Regency England when such professions are off-limits to a woman of class. I found myself very engaged in the story and the characters. It’s a perfect book for reading on a warm spring or summer afternoon with a glass of wine. Oh, and there’s a wee bit of sex, if you like that kind of thing.
Another Short Fiction Grab Bag to come soon!