Library Loot (26 August 2010)

Four books were on hold for me at the library, but I couldn’t resist browsing the shelves for a couple more!

Sky Coyote – Kage Baker
I loved In The Garden of Iden, and this is the 2nd book in The Company series.

Facilitator Joseph has outlasted entire civilizations during his twenty-thousand years of service to Dr. Zeus, the twenty-fourth century Company that created immortal operatives like him to preserve history and culture. The year is 1699 and Joseph is now in Alta California, to imitate an ancient Native-American Coyote god, and save the native Chumash from the white Europeans.He has the help of the Botanist Mendoza, who hasn’t gotten over the death of her lover Nicholas, in Elizabethan England.

Lately though, Joseph has started to have a few doubts about The Company. There are whispers about the year 2355, about operatives that suddenly go missing. Time is running out for Joseph, which is ironic considering he’s immortal, but no one ever said that it was easy being a god.


Too Loud a Solitude – Bohumil Hrabal

I first heard of this book from Buried In Print, who said, “I felt an immediate connection with Hanta, what with his love of words and books and all that’s contained within”.

From Good Reads: Hantá rescues books from the jaws of his compacting press and carries them home. Hrabal, whom Milan Kundera calls “our very best writer today,” celebrates the power and the indestructibility of the written word.

The Lonely Polygamist – Brady Udall
Oh I remember loving Udall’s The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint.

From a luminous storyteller, a highly anticipated new novel about the American family writ large. Golden Richards, husband to four wives, father to twenty-eight children, is having the mother of all midlife crises. His construction business is failing, his family has grown into an overpopulated mini-dukedom beset with insurrection and rivalry, and he is done in with grief: due to the accidental death of a daughter and the stillbirth of a son, he has come to doubt the capacity of his own heart. Brady Udall, one of our finest American fiction writers, tells a tragicomic story of a deeply faithful man who, crippled by grief and the demands of work and family, becomes entangled in an affair that threatens to destroy his family’s future. Like John Irving and Richard Yates, Udall creates characters that engage us to the fullest as they grapple with the nature of need, love, and belonging.

Beautifully written, keenly observed, and ultimately redemptive, The Lonely Polygamist is an unforgettable story of an American family—with its inevitable dysfunctionality, heartbreak, and comedy—pushed to its outer limits.

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
It’s about time I read this one!

Barcelona, 1945—A great world city lies shrouded in secrets after the war, and a boy mourning the loss of his mother finds solace in his love for an extraordinary book called The Shadow of the Wind, by an author named Julian Carax. When the boy searches for Carax’s other books, it begins to dawn on him, to his horror, that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book the man has ever written. Soon the boy realizes that The Shadow of the Wind is as dangerous to own as it is impossible to forget, for the mystery of its author’s identity holds the key to an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love that someone will go to any lengths to keep secret.

The Accidental Tourist– Anne Tyler
You know, I was quite sure that I had read this book years ago, but now I’m not so sure.

The story of a travel-hating writer of travel books, Macon Leafy, who systematically avoids adventure… until he meets the frizzy-haired, stiletto-heeled, astonishing Muriel (she’s trying to train his unmanageable Welsh corgi, Edward), who up-ends Macon’s world and thrusts him into engagement with life. Anne Tyler’s most famous best seller.

Every Day Is Mother’s Day – Hilary Mantel
Must read more Mantel!

Evelyn Axona is a medium by trade; her daughter, Muriel, is a half-wit by nature. Barricaded in their crumbling house, surrounded by the festering rubbish of years, they defy the curiosity of their neighbors and their social worker, Isabel Field. Isabel is young and inexperienced and has troubles of her own: an elderly father who wanders the streets, and a lover, Colin, who wants her to run away with him. But Colin has three horrible children and a shrill wife who is pregnant again–how is he going to run anywhere? As Isabel wrestles with her own problems, a horrible secret grows in the darkness of the Axon household. When at last it comes to light, the result is by turns hilarious and terrifying.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
What did you get from your library this week?

6 Comments

  1. I am stoked to see what you think about the 2nd Company book. I’m almost done with In the Garden of Iden and am loving it! I having a feeling it’s going to be sad.

    I’ve wanted to read The Shadow of the Wind for quite a while, but just haven’t gotten around to it. I’ll be looking out for your thoughts.

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    1. Iden is fantastic, isn’t it!

      Yeah, The Shadow of the Wind seems to be a book that everyone else (or most everyone else) has read. The copy I got was a pretty battered one…

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  2. I’m sure you’ll love (at least) the opening pages of the Hrabal novel: such an intense love of words. After I finished reading, I checked out some biographical information and the author’s life (and death) is fascinating too. Enjoy! (Also, I keep getting confused about which of Anne Tyler’s novels I’ve actually read too. I think it would be simpler to just start at the beginning and read straight through!)

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