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2009, stories 1-3

Welcome back everyone!  I have no idea how many people are lurking, or how many people intend to participate (set your own yearly goal -- mine is always 365, but yours doesn't have to be!). 

The first three stories I have read in 2009 all happen to come from 2008 issues of The New Yorker:

1. Leopard by Wells TOwer from the Nov 10, 2008 issue: I liked the style of this story.  It's one of those in which the author addresses you as the character. (Good morning.  You have not slept well.  Don't open your eyes.  Stick out your tongue. Search for the little sore above your upper lip.  Pray that it healed in the night. is how the story starts.)  It's a style I found particuarly effective in Norman Partridge's novel Dark Harvest that I reviewed last year on talekyn blog.  Unlike the Partridge book this is not a horror story although it does have some scary moments in it.

2. Lostronaut by Jonathan Lethem from the November 17, 2008 issue:  I seem to remember not enjoying the last Jonathan Lethem story I read in the New Yorker ("The King of Sentences").  I did like this one a bit more, the story of the degredation of life on an international space station told in the form of letters from one lost astronaut to her lover back on Earth.

3. The Woman of The House by William Trevor from the December 15, 2008 issue:  I said it last year, I'll say it again:  I really need to track down an anthology of Trevor's work.  Most of his stories seem to take place in small remote towns in the UK.  This one involves two cousins who share a house and two itinerant workers who are hired on by one cousin to paint the house, and how a lack of ability to communicate puts walls up between people.  Very good, moody, dark story.

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newwaytowrite
Jan. 16th, 2009 05:24 am (UTC)
I wish you good fortune
on getting to 365 this year. Got my head in novels this year.
talekyn
Jan. 16th, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
Re: I wish you good fortune
Looking forward to your novel reviews! I'll be continuing to post my novel reviews on my own blog and occasionally on the bookshare community when I remember to crosspost.
newwaytowrite
Jan. 16th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
I have never
thought to write about the books in read. At least not on LJ or online.

Maybe I should work up something for my first read of the year already tucked away.

Don't know though for sure.

*goes off to ponder*
talekyn
Jan. 16th, 2009 05:54 am (UTC)
Re: I have never
See, I just assumed everyone I know posts some kind of book reviews ... *grin*
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