This post will be rather short. I’m just going to list the books I have on deck this month.
- Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie – a memoir chronicling the caged years during which a Khomeini-sanctioned fatwa existed over his head.
- Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie – a children’s book which Salman wrote during the fatwa years. It was written for his son. I’m on a Rushdie kick.
- Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens – an English orphan has a tough lot in life. You’re probably at least a little familiar with this one.
- Exit Ghost by Philip Roth – the last of Roth’s Zuckerman novels. I haven’t started this one yet.
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield – a self-improvement book that has something to offer in teaching you to “break through the blocks and win your inner creative battles.” Sounds interesting.
- Pattern Recognition by William Gibson – this is the one I’m most worried about in terms of enjoyment. I haven’t done much sci-fi reading before, save Ender’s Game and a few others. But Gibson is one of the most prolific and preeminent sci-fi writers still alive today, so it seems like one of his books is a good place to start my reintroduction to that genre.
Those are the ones I have. I don’t know if I’ll finish them all before year’s end, but that’s my list for now. It’s a nice mix of biography, fantasy, classic lit, modern fiction, self improvement, and now sci-fi as well. I’m a baseball manager making his starting lineup (I need three more players!).