I suck. No really, I do. I only finished four books from my last What’s on Tap list, meaning that this week’s list has two carry-over titles. I could blame it on work or all the projects around the house that keep mounting up. I could blame it on the fact that a collection of scholarly essay is never going to be the most readable thing out there. I could blame it on the fact that I’ve finally joined the twenty-first century and purchased a smart phone (i.e., the biggest time suck known to man). But in the end I blame myself. I have brought shame to my hobby, and for that I apologize.
Rather than committing seppuku, I’m instead carrying the two titles I didn’t read in February onto my March list. Sorry for the redundancy. Is what it is, I guess. Like I said, I suck. What’s a blogger to do but carry on?
Anyway, on to this month’s reading list.
Zombies Are Us edited by Christopher M. Moreman – I’m about halfway through this one. It’s kind of a toss-up. Some of the essays are readable and interesting, while others… aren’t. Roughly half of the essays are well written, interesting, and easily accessible. The other half are ponderous, overreaching, and filled to the brim with so many adjectives and heady terms I have to read it three times to figure out what’s being said. As if that makes them sound any smarter. Academics—go figure.
One True Sentence by Craig McDonald – It’s the fourth in the Hector Lassiter series of historical mysteries set in the 1920s. Probably the most innovative thing about the series is that the author uses historical literary figures as supporting characters—Gertrude Stein, Alistair Crowley, William Carlos Williams. Hell, Ernest Hemmingway is even cast as the sidekick.
Harbor Nocturne by Joseph Wambaugh – Another one I’m carrying forward from February is Harbor Nocturne. It’s an e-ARC from Netgalley, which means that it was free, sure, but it also means that the formatting of the damned thing is more screwed up than Congress. I’ll muddle through, though, don’t you worry.
The Deadfall Project by Brett James – It’s a thriller. Something about Iranian Terrorists and a CIA operative named Grey Stark… jeez, what a name. Sounds like a Bond villain. That, or a male porn star. Anyway, I don’t know much about the book, but the publisher sent me a paperback copy (and I love me some dead tree books, y’all), so the least I can do is read it. Plus, it might just be a damn good book. Only time will tell!
?Audiobooks? – At the end of the month I’ll be traveling to
for some IT training that I know will fry my brain cells and serve them up on a silver platter. The trip down there, however, will be an eight hour drive each way. That could be the part I’m excited for most, partially because it will give me time to listen to a couple of audio books from the library (yet to be selected), and partially because on the way down I’ll be able to stop at the Most Awesome Used Book Store Known to Mankind. More on that later. Orlando
I know that’s a lot of books for one month, but I’ve got to play catch-up after the abysmal February I had. Here’s hoping March makes for a better book count.