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Books I have read, re-read, am reading and will read in the course of a fiction-crammed summer.  It will be obvious that I am writing about Nicholson Baker, and about ghosts in fiction.

A Box of Matches, Nicholson Baker
U and I, Nicholson Baker
The Everlasting Story of Nory, Nicholson Baker
The Anthologist, Nicholson Baker

(Also re-looked-at The Mezzanine, Vox and Room Temperature.)

The Love We Share Without Knowing, Christopher Barzak
Beyond Black, Hilary Mantel
Alive in Necropolis, Doug Dorst
Asleep, Banana Yoshimoto
Stories by Haruki Murakami
Midnight Picnic, Nick Antosca
In Persuasion Nation, George Saunders, and other stories
Intro and selections from The Norton Book of Ghost Stories, ed. Brad Leithauser
Little Stranger, Sarah Waters
Magic for Beginners, Stranger Things Happen, Kelley Link

Waiting for the Straub-edited antho mentioned above.

This is more fiction than I have ingested in any summer since... I don't know when, sometime in the late sixties or early seventies probably, consuming John Barth and Thomas Pynchon and the Ballantine fantasy novels and Ada and and...

Comments

movingfinger
Aug. 8th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
What do you think of Beyond Black?
crowleycrow
Aug. 9th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
Fabulous for much of its length, but -- I haven't finished it -- getting repetitive and shapeless. Marvellous writing, fine characters, good ghosts. A medium who is as wise about the characters and ways of "airside" as about her "earthside" life.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 9th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
beyond black
I had a similar reaction. I read it right when it came out and the memory is a little hazy, but I do remember finding some elements of it really compelling.

Have you (or has anybody reading this) ever read Orson Scott Card's "The Lost Boys"? It's been a long time since I read it, but it seemed at the time one of the most remarkable ghost stories I'd ever read. A sort of immersive domestic drama for most of the way through, with elements of rising disquiet, and then at the end it has one of my all-time favorite shocks.

Nick
glennza
Aug. 10th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Orson Scott Card
Never got around to The Lost Boys but seeing your post reminded me that OSC's Maps in a Mirror was one of the finest collections of short stories I have ever read. It contained a handful of what the author called "stories of dread" rather than horror. Many of them have stayed with me for years.

Orson Scott Card seems to be stuck in a rut now; churning out countless "Ender" books.