There are two books I look forward to right now:
Both are nonfiction.
The Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides.
Love everything he's done so far. Can't wait.
You'll like that one. I'm reading it right now and it's great.
Skag Boys by Irvine Welsh. I can't wait for my next fix of the trainspotting crew.
I will second Skag Boys, thats going to be great.
Also Terry Pratchett has a new one out very soon, Snuff. This is always an exciting time of year if you love your Discworld.
I'm going to go with The Marriage Plot as well. Obvious? Maybe, but the excitement's still there. @Phil, when is it coming out?
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami - not out in Canada yet, but I am giddy with anticipation. Not sure if I should delay my gratification until the entire trilogy is out or not... will attempt to..
You're supposed to tell me when books like Skagboys are coming out. You should know this.
heh, sorry buddy. Thought you'd know about that one. Somebody put a video up at The Cult a few months back where Irvine did a short reading from it, did you not catch that?
There's a short extract here. As far as I know though, it's not gonna drop till next year. Edit - wiki says April, can't get on Amazon at work to see what date they have for it.
Oh, yeah, I actually did see that. I guess I must of spaced it.
Looks like I'm gonna have to try and nab an advanced copy.
@Phil - this is me calling dibs, dude.
You get an advance and I'm a gonna come find you and steal it.
If you pay $1,400 to fly out to the Midwest, then you deserve to have it.
Yeah, maybe not.
I shall patiently wait and be jealous of you guys like I had to with Damned. Then again, my mother is such a hardcore Welsh fan she might fork out the $1400 for me heh.
If your mom is into Welsh than she's certainly cooler than mine.
My mom's official blurb for OOT was: "This is offensive. How come you can't write more like James Patterson?"
And then I was like: "Because I can't afford to hire someone to write my books for me."
Yeah my mother is cool (mostly). She likes a fair few writers that I can approve of.
She read Out Of Touch and Stranger Will a while back, she had a positive review for both.
Also a little segue here - back on to upcoming books. When is Vanity gonna knock us all out? Caleb has a new book soon as well, right? I didn't mean to be Kevin IIRC. Looking forward to both of them.
My agent said we'd start hearing back on Vanity right about now actually. I just sent him an email to see if there was any news but haven't heard back yet. In the meantime, I'm working on a new book, writing some stuff for this joint, and doing some little side projects. Really, I'm just trying not to think about it too much.
He said this part of things takes time, so I'm keeping busy.
I'm quite looking forward to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.
October/November is looking stellar so far. There's 4 I'm really looking forward to: Jose Saramago's Cain, Chuck Palahniuk's Damned, Umberto Eco's The Prague Cemetery and Haruki Murakami's 1Q84.
I imagine you'll be disappointed by Saramago's Cain. It's abysmally poor. I reviewed it for the Cult and I was sad to see how bad Saramago's last book was.
Oof. That is sad. May have to shift that one to the bottom of the list, then.
I'll try to find the review, maybe it'll help you make up your mind.
There you go.
Ah, thanks for that. Excellent review. It seems like most of the things I like about Saramago are absent here. I guess we can hope there's another manuscript hiding in a drawer somewhere, waiting to be discovered as his true last work.
I wanted to comment on the oldest post without a comment. I'm looking forward to seeing what changes are made in Invisible Monsters Remix.
A Very Minor Prophet by James Bernard Frost.
Already optioned by the Coen brothers. Bam.
Chester, I've been thinking / talking with Charles about that one being July's Book Club selection.
Yep, nice choice, Chester.
It's most likely going to be August's Discussion actually.
On the off-chance that anyone is looking for a handy way to store books that they are waiting to read, I created a little webapp to do that - Muxnote. It's good if, like m, you get to the library or bokstore and your mind goes blank - it works well on smart phones, and you can access it on any computer you feel comfortable logging into twitter from.
Does anyone use GoodReads? I like it to store books I've read, but I'm not nuts about it - the android app isnt so great, and the recommendation engine is kinda of shitty.
Upcoming book of interest (to me):
Daniel Fights a Hurricane: A Novel by Shane Jones
Phi: A Voyage from the Brain to the Soul by Giulio Tononi
The Fifty Year Sword by Mark Z. Danielewski
Bad Glass by Richard E. Gropp.
Winter Journal by Paul Auster
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Warren Ellis has a new one coming out called Gun Machine that looks pretty good. I really liked Crooked Little Vein.