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What are you reading now that's forthcoming?

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1avaland
apr 4, 2007, 6:32 pm

I'm reading Joyce Carol Oates' The Gravedigger's Daughter which, as I've said in other groups, is strangely compelling. The book says it's due out in June; however, I just saw a starred review in PW so I'm wondering if it is coming out sooner...

I also read On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan. He is really an artist and uses the language beautifully but I found myself impatient with the story itself. It's obviously already out in the UK. While I am an admirer of his work, particularly Atonement, I don't think he walks on water.

2bookishy
apr 4, 2007, 7:23 pm

I'm excited about the Oates now. Keeping up with her output is a job in itself, so I've been skipping her lately, but I'm going to try to grab a copy tomorrow.

I have to be in the right mood for McEwan, but I admit that of all of his fiction, this story intrigues me the most.

I remember you mentioned that you read and loved The Space Between Us, which was one of my surprise favorites of 2006. But I recently read her upcoming novel If Today Be Sweet, and didn't like it at all. It almost feels like it was written by a different, less mature writer. Very sad.

3avaland
apr 4, 2007, 8:10 pm

I tried to read her eons ago, maybe the early 80's ,and just couldn't (I had young children then...maybe that was why), but recently I've found Rape a Love Story to be compelling and thought-provoking (also brutal). I read Beasts a while back also. There are others I will some day get to...

I have If Today Be Sweet on the kitchen table. It came to the bookstore signed to me so they passed it along. I haven't been inclined to pick it up. I loved The Space Between Us but I didn't think the ending was in keeping wit h the rest of the novel (I'm very forgiving for first novels, however).

4bookishy
apr 5, 2007, 12:18 pm

I don't know. I didn't think the ending of The Space Between Us was so off-track, but I did think it ended somewhat abruptly. Maybe if she had used a little more narrative to explain herself, it wouldn't have been such a jarring end to such a melodic book. I'll be curious to hear your reaction to the next one.

Just picked up a copy of Kingsolver's new nonfiction book coming out in May: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. I was really hoping her next book would be a novel, but I guess I'll just have to wait :)

5emigre Första inlägget
apr 9, 2007, 4:41 pm

Reading A Distant Magic by Mary Jo Putney now, I really like it so far.

6avaland
apr 11, 2007, 3:53 pm

Despite flipping between several short fiction and poetry collections, I seem to have also picked up a novel...The Opposite House by Helen Oyeyemi. It says it's due out in June here in the states.

7bookishy
apr 11, 2007, 5:34 pm

I wasn't that impressed with The Icarus Girl by Oyeyemi, although it could be one of those cases where I was disappointed that it didn't live up to all the hype.

Avaland, how many books would you say you read in a week?

8avaland
apr 11, 2007, 8:06 pm

I only vaguely remember The Icarus Girl when it came through the bookstore years ago but came across it recently on a site for Nigerian authors, I think. It's interesting so far, but I don't think it's going to be a book I can take to bed with me...(it's a "downstairs" book for when I'm fully awake).

9leennnadine
maj 3, 2007, 1:31 am

I'm reading Dragonhaven by Robin Mckinley-it's supposed to be out in September,also The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories by Connie Willis which is out in August.

10avaland
maj 9, 2007, 7:21 pm

>9 leennnadine: Who's publishing the Willis?

11sqdancer
maj 13, 2007, 12:17 am

>10 avaland: Subterranean Press (according to amazon.ca)

12avaland
maj 16, 2007, 9:17 am

D.A. is also due to be published by Subterranean. It's a novella length book which, according to Publshers Weekly, turns the whole space camp idea on its head.