Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sunday Salon update 2/26

  Dear Sunday Salon,

 This week I struggled and may have spent more time writing -- and not writing  -- my review of The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. How do I spend time not writing? Solitaire, Pinterest,  Facebook, the news.  I sit at the computer and do everything but write.  The Sense of an Ending.  What a good book. It was so tiny, so worthwhile and so hard to get my head around.  A book to think about. It won last year’s Man Booker prize.
So next up for review is Jussi-Adler Olsen’s The Keeper of Lost Causes. I go back to page-turning mysteries after read-me-twice dense literary fiction.  I enjoyed Keeper, mostly for the interaction between the two crime solvers. Not so much for the plot, though I admired how it worked, and the way it played with themes of suicide and pressure.  But, this was another one of those thrillers where I felt the possible movie version hovering over my shoulder as I read. I’m not sure how I feel about books that seem to be written with a movie in mind. Sometimes it adds; sometimes it takes away. In Keeper, it’s a toss up.
Speaking of movies or at least television shows, I read an interview with one of my current favorite writers, Jo Nesbo, in The Millions. Here’s the link:

            No wonder I like his books. He loves what I love: Elmore Leonard’s works and the current television drama Justified.  I get gleeful reading Leonard – and have going back many years. The characters and dialogue of Justified make me laugh and smile. After reading Nesbo’s interview, I’m going to start watching early seasons of Breaking Bad.
As for reading, I received The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier from Amazon this week. It’s now out in paperback.  My friend Mike suggested I read it and write about it. Also in the stack of possibilities are Mr. g by Alan Lightman – but I will likely sandwich a mystery of some kind in before I take that on.
Finally, I’m feeling the need to reorganize my blog. I want to learn more about the mechanics of blogging – inserting pictures, ‘designing’ pages insofar as that is possible. I just changed the top picture and I while I’m fond of this photo, I’d rather it were about one quarter the size.  I don’t know how to do that.  I’m in desperate need of a gaggle of teenage geeks to serve as computer advisers for me. My brother-in-law is coming this week to visit and though he has gray streaks in his hair and doesn’t blog, tweet or text to my knowledge, he may serve as a good substitute for the teens – he has the computer skills we don’t. Welcome George.

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  1. I know what you mean about the book/movie feeling while reading.I've had that lots resently. It started with William Boyd's 'Ordinary Thunderstorm'. Then it was the Harry Hole series . And just now at your recommendation The Harry Bosch series. Perhaps I've just watched too many crime thrillers over the years or am reading to many?
    Thanks for the great reviews.

  2. Linda,
    I'm so glad you read Michael Connelly. I really like the Bosch books -- and the Lincoln Lawyer is a movie made about one of his other series. (They are interconnected in a kind of cool way.) I haven't read William Boyd, but now I may. I am always looking for good mystery writers.
    After I wrote my Snowman review, I was googling the book and discovered that in face Scorcese is going to direct the movie. That should make Nesbo more of a name in the U.S. than he already is.

  3. Barbara, I think you'll enjoy William Boyd,he seems to have covered most genres. 'Good man in Africa' his first is probably still his best. ' Stars and Bars' set in NY , had me really laughing out loud...I never do that.