Sunday, March 31, 2013

Monday: Mailbox/What am I reading?/Musings

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at A Girl and Her Books and is hosted by Mari of Mari Reads for  the month of April.

I received two books in the past few weeks, thanks to the author/publicist:

1) A Ball of Fire by John Montague
John Montague, best known as a poet, is also a gifted prose writer. A Ball of Fire collects all of his short stories, together with the erotic novella 'The Lost Notebook' (which he hoped to have banned, but which ended up winning a major literary prize). In the shorter stories, from 'The Road Ahead', which comments poignantly on the loss of established landmarks, to the title story, in which a series of chance encounters helps unlock a painter's creativity, he casts a cool yet sympathetic eye over his environment, both in Ireland and farther afield. The longer works - 'The Lost Notebooks' (about the incendiary relationship between a troubled American girl and a young Irish man in Florence), 'Death of a Chieftain' (a daringly ambitious story set in Mexico) and 'The Three Last Things' (a moving meditation on love and death) - stand as pillars within the book. Montague's clear prose is shot through with hard-won insights into his fellow human beings, and the various burdens, physical and emotional, under which they labour. And of course through it all runs the theme of the importance of love, in its many forms.

2) Snapper by Brian Kimberling
Nathan Lochmueller studies birds, earning just enough money to live on. He drives a glitter-festooned truck, the Gypsy Moth, and he is in love with Lola, a woman so free-spirited and mysterious she can break a man’s heart with a sigh or a shrug. Around them swirls a remarkable cast of characters: the proprietor of Fast Eddie’s Burgers & Beer, the genius behind “Thong Thursdays”; Uncle Dart, a Texan who brings his swagger to Indiana with profound and nearly devastating results; a snapping turtle with a taste for thumbs; a German shepherd who howls backup vocals; and the very charismatic state of Indiana itself. And at the center of it all is Nathan, creeping through the forest to observe the birds he loves and coming to terms with the accidental turns his life has taken.
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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey
I finished reading


Snapper by Brian Kimberling

Currently Reading

A lot of books, none holding much interest!!

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• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 

I want to get a few Jo Nesbo novels. I am not desperate as such but yes, I have to read him sooner or later. I don't really know why I have not got around that till date...

16 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Both of your new books look great!

Book Dilettante said...

Snapper looks great! Enjoy!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Montague sounds like an interesting author! Have a good week!

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

Snapper looks like it will be a good read! I love the cover!

Tribute Books Mama said...

They both sound good, enjoy!

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Carolyn Rector said...

I am reading the third book in the Ruth Galloway mysteries, "The House at Sea's End" by Elly Griffiths. Its a combination police procedural and a forensic archeologist sleuth. Good stuff there.

LibrarySnake said...

Ooh, Snapper looks awesome!

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Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) said...

I'm reading Snapper this week.

Laura Fabiani said...

I've seen Snapper around on a few blogs. Looking forward to reading the reviews. Hope you find a book that really grips you soon enough since none of the current books are holding your interest!

Staci said...

Snapper sounds interesting and I like the cover!

Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

Snapper sounds like a great read! Have a great week!

Thanks for stopping by my Added to the Bookshelf post!

♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

Anna said...

Enjoy your new books!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I'm curious about Snapper...I've been seeing this one around. Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I received napper as well and love the sound of it.

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Gautami,

I hope that you enjoy both your new books this week, although neither particularly appeal to me. The cover of 'Snapper' is just plain spooky and scary, although I am a bird watcher and lover, that was just my immediate reaction to it!!

I have several Jo Nesbo books on my TBR shelves, but have never managed to get them to the top of the pile somehow .... Oh Well! maybe one day???

Have a good week,

Yvonne

Daystarz Books said...

Enjoy! Here's my musing: http://daystarz.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/author-binge-ing/