Just finished the last in the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde. If you've read most of the great English novels and you're not annoyed by fantasy, try these books. The first is THE EYRE AFFAIR. It's laugh-out-loud funny.
Not funny at all is a spellbounding book OUT by Natsuo Kirino. Forget about geishas and cherry blossoms.
This is gritty stuff. She uses a form which I've never encountered. She'll write about an incident from one character's point of view and immediately repeats the incident from the other character's perspective. Well done. I've got to find more from this author. OUT won the Grand Prix for Crime Fiction in Japan and was an Edgar Award Finalist.
The Iron Heel by Jack London. This book puts the lie to the idea that the wicked side of capitalism (IE: not the shopping) is a recent phenomenon. It so clearly states the state of the world that it could be used a reference book for an economics course.
Shame, then, that it's all wrapped in tight-assed Edwardian language, although the depiction of post-Victorian city life in the USA is unusual, depicting the transitional state of a rural nation into an industrial one.
Weirdly, there is, I think, meant to be a utopian answer to the years of oppression that stem from the events covered in this book. But reading it now, in the depths of London's dark projection, this seems ludicrous.
I wonder about books and films that dwell on subjects like these: is there an element of opening Pandora's Box, mentioning the unmentionable? Do you make it acceptable, prepare the ground even, for fascism and totalitarianism and soulless capitalism by talking and writing about it?
Good question. Thanks for reminding me about The Iron Heel. Read it years ago and loved it for many of the reasons you say. I'll have to pick it up again, especially with all that's happened in the world in the last ten years.
I read Jon Loomis' HIGH SEASON and MATING SEASON. Lots of fun. Jon used to contribute here. Anyway, here's to ya, Jon!
DEAD IRISH by John Lescroart
CHASING THE DEVIL'S TAIL by Vanentin St. Cyr
Both okay, I'll probably read the next installments.
The book I most recently read was when I finished reading: The Only Thing Worth Dying For - which is nonfiction.
I presently reading The End of Honor by Lionel Alford