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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...


Aug. 9th, 2009 11:46 am (UTC)
I envy your summer reading! Judging by these replies, you are creating ripples in the aether merely by listing them. Wouldn't it be wonderful if writers (especially of fiction) could know every time someone is reading their works? A little pinging alarm, an icon on their computer screen, or just a raising of the hairs on one's arm?
Just thinking. . .
Aug. 9th, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
Actually I have Google Alerts, which tells me whenever anyone is reading a book of mine and saying so on the Internet. Also, as I once noted, whenever I score for my Australian soccer team, arrest somebody in Brockton, MA, or consecrate a priest in my archbishopric.

It would be good to get a ping whenever anybody _finishes_ reading a book of mine. It would be more reassuring and also reduce the ping traffic, which could make you look odd in public.
Aug. 10th, 2009 10:12 am (UTC)
So you certainly heard the ping when I _finished_ _Four Freedoms_.

I think I'll re-read it some time in the future because, like most of your books, I believe that there is a deeper meaning, a kind of subtext (to use the word I often tumbled upon in the course of me reading _World of Wonders_) for which I am not prepared or mature enough to get in its wholeness.

My critic can be read here, nonetheless (in French, mind): http://mattboggan.livejournal.com/