It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (Aug. 23rd)

It is my Birthday!

That said it is on to the Books, which really are my favorite subject anyway.

*Last week I published two reviews — The Blind Contessa’s New Machine by Carey Wallace and Here  by Wislawa Szymborska

*I have been named a board member of the Northshore Literary Society. I am very excited about this. The Northshore Literary Society is a non-profit organization that strives to be a focal point for our vibrant literary community through social and educational events, supporting each others work and promoting literacy through the parish (that’s county to those of you outside Louisiana).

* I received a review copy of J. K. Beck’s When Blood Calls in the mail, so I’m going to try to finish that this week.

* Checked out and to be Read Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan Howard.

* Coming Soon: My very first Author Interview…. 5 Minutes With ( you’ll have to wait and see).

* I just found out that one of my favorite books has been optioned for a movie. While I know films regularly slaughter our most beloved titles, I believe the author diversion whatever financial boost such a boon affords and all the attention that it will draw to an amazing book: Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk.

That’s my week!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is organized by Sheila over at Book Journey. Be sure to stop by her site and read the great blogs of the other participates.

Links

Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk is one of my favorite books. There’s a brief article on him here.

Digital World asks Why Are You Excited About BOOKS? here.

This novel by Mary Robinette Kowal sounded fabulous the first time I heard about it and today my purchase arrived in the mail they same day the author is featured on THE BIG IDEA.

Enjoy your Thursday!

Waiting for Columbus

Waiting for Columbus Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk

I don’t think I’d have ever picked this book up except for the intriguing review that Books on the Nightstand gave it. They made it sound a bit like that movie Don Juan DeMarco with Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando. I decided I’d give it a try and I’m very glad that I did. This is a wonderful story, part adventure, part romance, part tragedy. I didn’t quite know what was going on at first, but I didn’t mind being lead down the path the author had sketched out. This is a story that you have to watch unfold and despite the fact that it is about a delusional man, you have to trust that the author will get to the end. This is a book about stories and telling stories to live. Columbus is delusional. He is a liar. He is a storyteller. He is lost. This was a good book and beautifully written. I highly recommend it. For me in was new and different flavor, a fresh and beautifully story to clear the mind after too many mediocre books of late. I was swept away by the tide of this story. Find it! Read it!