May 06, 2008

What is Chai Reading?

I'm in the throes of reading Blood Meridian on the impeccable advice of Sheila. I haven't even read all of Sheila's post on because I don't want spoilers. But she said enough in her first paragraph to get me hooked into reading this book.

This is my first Cormac McCarthy and I'm finding myself in awe of his writing. Its relentless and worsted and radiant and vermicular and marmoreal. It slows me in reading because it doesn't give itself up easily. This enhances the trance. It's a rich prose that feeds me full with only a chapter a sitting. I'm forever indebted to Sheila for pointing me to this book.

So what are you reading now? Tell me about it.

Posted by Chai-Rista at May 6, 2008 03:03 PM | TrackBack

I just read "The Ruins", which is supposedly the greatest horror novel evah (if you read the jacket and the endorsement by Stephen King) but is actually pretty stupid.

I'm going to Cozumel while on vacation, so I thought I'd see what horrors Mexico had to offer. Turns out it's mainly just plants.

Am also reading Robert Hugh Benson's "Come Rack, Come Rope" which is fair to middling.

Also recently finished Dean Koontz's Life Expectancy" (am back on the Koontz bandwagon; he's hit or miss but his recent stuff is pretty good) and the Odd Thomas novels. I'd recommend them.

Posted by: The Abbot at May 6, 2008 03:18 PM

I just finished the eighteen-book Amelia Peabody series, by Elizabeth Peters. Woe is me! I knew the day would come, and now I've no more to look forward to. But they are delightful, frothy novels filled with humor, murder, World War intrigue, and Egyptology.
Now I'm helplessly casting about for something new...that's about the time I resume reading more of the stuff I blew off in College. You'll probably catch me reading "Bleak House" or "Wings of the Dove" or something like that.
Or perhaps I'll cast farther back in time and dive back into the oodles of "Oz" books I haven't read yet. What fun!

Posted by: Monica at May 6, 2008 05:22 PM

How are the puppies, BTW?

Posted by: Monica at May 6, 2008 05:44 PM

The Meaning of Night: A Confession by Michael Cox. Haven't gotten very far into it but I think it's going to be good. A mystery set in the Victorian era. Sort of Wilkie Collins-esque but I doubt as good as The Moonstone. (Note to self: read that again.)

Posted by: bobgirrl at May 6, 2008 05:55 PM


Posted by: Steve-O at May 6, 2008 07:21 PM

Thanks for asking about the puppies Monica. I'll make some pix tonight to post tomorrow!

Posted by: Chai-rista at May 7, 2008 08:10 AM

Hey Abbot - If you need a horror book about Mexico try Cauldron of Blood: the Matamoros Cult Killings. It's non-fiction (more or less) and horrifically written for sure. Poorly researched and poorly executed - but it'll creep you out regardless!

Posted by: Chai-rista at May 7, 2008 08:13 AM

i am gonna show this to my friend, bro

Posted by: itedielp at May 8, 2008 09:38 AM