March 4, 2004

On Books: February

Every month I read a few books and rarely do I mention them. So, for 2004, I've decided to mention a couple of the best at the end of each month. Work's been rough this month and I notice when things at work get tough, I tend to read much less serious stuff. No exceptions this month.

My top pick of the month is The Cutting Room by Louise Welsh. Not for the faint of heart, this is a rough yet literate mystery centered around a discovery made by our unlikely hero Rilke. Unlikely because he's a middle-aged, gay auctioneer. The book, like Rilke, is not at all formulaic.

Honorable mention to You Are Here, Wesley Gibson's memoir of life as a writer in NYC and Big Fish author Daniel Wallace's Ray In Reverse. And in case you're wondering, Brad Meltzer's The Zero Game isn't too hot - certainly not as good as his last two.

Posted by Chris at March 4, 2004 6:04 PM

I like book recommendations. ^5

Offnote: Whatever crap you were dealing with at work last week.. could you have left it there? It seems to have made it's way in my neck of the woods.

Posted by: Charlene at March 4, 2004 8:09 PM

hi from a first time Rude Cactus reader =] I have a reading recommendation for you...when you don't have a lot of time to devote to a book The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom is excellent. It's short but full of life lessons.
Great site btw.

Posted by: kimberlee at March 4, 2004 8:45 PM

I always love your lists! How do you have any time to read these books? Do you sleep?

Posted by: Hunter at March 4, 2004 9:39 PM

Are the Ray Meltzer books a series? I almost bought The Zero Game the other day, but I hate it when I unwittingly step into the middle of a series.

Also, I'm all for book lists. :)

Posted by: Iki at March 4, 2004 9:42 PM

The Sword of Truth / Terry Goodkind. At times you say to yourself, wow, this is kinda like a big harlequin. Then the next line you read says to you, 'hmm. no, it's not at all.' It is funny, makes you fall in love with the hero and heroine, good vs. evil, and some of the chapters at the end, almost make you sick and want to put it down. (how's that for a review) I would love to see it made into a movie.

Posted by: wlfldy at March 5, 2004 8:04 AM

Glad to know about the Metzler book- I was thinking of buying it but I'll wait at least until it's out in paperback, or borrow it from a friend.

Do you like Richard Russo (author of Empire Falls) at all? I'm reading The Risk Pool- it's great. Very character-driven (which I love) and well-written!

Posted by: Kristi at March 5, 2004 11:16 AM