hey! i finished Beloved (Toni Morrison) a few weeks ago and while I've slowed down a bit with the reading what I'm working on right now is The Crying of Lot 49 (Thomas Pynchon). The only book I've read by him was Inherent Vice, which I enjoyed but I listened to it in audiobook form which I don't normally do so that made it a slightly different experience. I like Lot 49 so far. It's hilarious! I always respect an author who is good at making up funny names (this isn't really a spoiler but i'll list off a few at the end) and i like LA stories even though i've only been there once for, like, a night as a kid. honestly i find it kind of similar to inherent vice, i'm not sure if that's pynchon's general writing style or that these two are particularly similar, but they do take place in the same city & time period despite being written a half century apart so maybe that's all it is. I've also started reading Too Much Happiness (Alice Munro) again, which is an all-time favourite but i'm not great at reading two books at a time so i might take this one to the office and start reading it in the park on my lunch breaks when it's nice out. maybe i'll do a deep dive into it when i'm finished rereading it.
Beloved, by the way, was a beautiful novel. there were parts of it that probably sailed over my head but the imagery, emotional depth and prose were amazing. every new revelation deepened my understanding of the setting and characters and fit together well, despite the inherent messiness of the magical realism genre, leading up to a powerful climactic scene. it actually took me a while to find my copy of it, but if you happen to see it i would definitely recommend ffo junot diaz, gabriel garcia marquez, american lit, specifically african american lit, though cw it could be considered a horror novel and deals with slavery/post-slavery Black american life; at times it is very graphic and disturbing
i find that though i'm trying to read shorter novels this summer but still mostly looking in the "literature" section of the bookstore it's taking me a while to get through them because i keep ending up with dense books where i have to reread paragraphs a lot. whatever, i like it
comic corner: i've been reading Preacher (Vertigo, Garth Ennis/Steve Dillon) (not my favourite but it's fine, I'll probably keep reading since they have the whole series at the library), Alias (Marvel, Brian Michael Bendis/Steve Gaydos) (really good! i am a fan of the jessica jones tv show but this has managed to continually surprise me in the first trade; one thing i can say about it is that it is definitely more of a part of the larger marvel universe than the tv show which i kind of like. it uses different marvel characters in interesting ways. i don't really like the way people are drawn in it though), East of West (Image, Jonathan Hickman& Nick Dragotta) (unfortunately i started with the second trade since they didn't have the first in the library, i think i managed to catch up enough on it and i love the art style and setting so i will definitely keep reading) and The Goon (Dark Horse, Eric Powell) (which i've posted about before, and fucking love, but i'm starting to worry that i've already read the best of it). I haven't read the following yet, but I picked up the second Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet (Marvel, Ta-Nehisi Coates/Chris Sprouse) trade, which I'm disappointed doesn't have Brian Stelfreeze illustrating but I flipped through it and it still looks pretty good, and the third Sex Criminals (Image, Matt Fraction/Chip Zdarsky) trade which I'm really looking forward to reading.
Are there any writers from your hometown or current home who really resonate with you or who you think deserve wider attention?