I can’t seem to read just one book at a time. Part of the reason is that I’m stuck in a train for about 2 hours a day and I try to pack a variety of books to suit my mood for that particular day. Sometimes I want a book of short stories while other times I just want to immerse myself in a long novel. These are the books I have in my bag at the moment that I have started to read.
The Philip K. Dick Reader. This is a collection of his more famous short stories such as “The Minority Report”, “We can remember it for you wholesale”, and “Second Variety”.
The Ivory Coast by Charles Fleming. The characters and plot take a backseat to the setting which is in Vegas during the 1950s. It’s just good enough to keep me reading but not good enough to keep my sole attention.
The Black House by Patricia Highsmith. Another collection of short stories by one of my favorite authors. I’ve read most of her novels but hadn’t read any of her short stories and found this book in the used section of the Harvard Bookstore and couldn’t resist. The first two short stories I’ve read are every bit as dark as her novels.
The Civil War: Fort Sumter to Perryville, Vol I by Shelby Foote. Foote’s Civil War series has been collecting dust on my bookshelves for too long. After I posted that civil war in 4 minutes video a few weeks ago I decided it was time to start delving into that ocean of pages. It’s a wonderful read if not taxing at times (not something to read when you’re on your way home from a long day) and weighs more than everything else in my bag but I’m hooked now and have no choice. (I’ve got a bad feeling about this McClellan character!)
Ok Cynics! Let’s hear about what you’re reading at the moment.
Crap, I forgot I was also reading Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. I really have to learn how to finish a novel before picking up another one…