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Next Up: Appointment In Samarra

I’ve seen Appointment in Samarra, written by John O’ Hara, compared to The Great Gatsby.

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you know that I consider that extremely high praise–almost impossible-to-meet expectations to put on a novel.

The novel focuses on Julian English, once a member of the social elite in small-town Pennsylvania, and follows his self-destruction.

A few facts about Appointment in Samarra and John O’ Hara: Read more

Next Up: The Sportswriter

Literary whiplash!

How in the world am I supposed to transition from a fantasy story of hobbits and elves and orcs and wizards and a magic ring into the story of a gloomy depressed and divorced sportswriter who recently lost his son?

Good question. I don’t know, but let’s give it a try.

Here are a few facts about The Sportswriter and its author Richard Ford: Read more

Next Up: The Lord Of The Rings

If you don’t like The Lord of the Rings, you might hate my blog over the next couple of months because it’s about to get all Gollum up in here for a while.
The Lord of the Rings Read-Along begins today!

Orcs, hobbit feet, angry dwarves, beautiful, mysterious elves—that’s what we’ll be talking about around here. Don’t worry, if you truly don’t like The Lord of the Rings, I’ll still have normal bookish posts unrelated to the novel.

I also want to open the blog up for some guest posts during this period. So touch base with me at rob.bruce76@gmail.com if you might be interested. I’m thinking somewhere in the neighborhood of 3-5 guest posts, and I already have one lined up, so I’ll only be selecting a few.

Anyway, enough about all that. Let’s take a brief, completely underwhelming look at a few facts about LOTR and its author, J.R.R. Tolkien. Read more

Next Up: The Death Of The Heart

The brief, enjoyable reading that was Red Harvest is now behind me, and it’s time to move on to my 71st book. Next up on the Time list is The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen.

Bowen tells the story of a 16-year-old orphan girl who moves to London to live with her half-brother and ends up falling in love with her sister-in-law’s friend. That’s a brief one-sentence description, but here are a few quick facts about The Death of the Heart and Elizabeth Bowen: Read more

Next Up: Red Harvest

Breathe, Robert. Breathe.

I’m finally done with Possession and can once again enjoy reading and writing on this blog. And there’s no better way to follow up a stuffy, academic novel about Victorian poets than with a 200 page detective novel.

Enter Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett. Great name, by the way.

Here’s a few facts about Red Harvest and Mr. Dashiell Hammett: Read more

Next Up: Possession

The title of today’s post sounds a little like you guys should be expect an exorcism on the blog soon. But let’s hope things don’t get that dramatic.

Possession is a “romance” novel between two Victorian poets! How fabulous!

That’s what I get with A.S. Byatt’s Possession, my next novel from the list. But, really, there’s much more to it than that.

The novel was written as a response to John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman, a novel I reviewed back in August 2011.

So here are a few facts about Possession and its author, A.S. Byatt:

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Next Up: Their Eyes Were Watching God

I read Their Eyes Were Watching God back in college, and I remember being really impressed with the novel.

The Wikipedia entry about the novel says it “has come to be regarded as a seminal work in both African-American literature and women’s literature.” Screw that. Let’s just say it’s a seminal work in literature. Period.

This novel is the real deal, and I’m excited to read it again.

Here are a few facts about Their Eyes Were Watching God and Zora Neale Hurston:

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