Dave White, author of When One Man Dies (on sale everywhere in September and widely praised already - James Crumley gave it two fingers up...thumbs, that is) asks what you'll be reading this summer. For me the summer is a short one since I've just today finished calculating and entering grades for my summer classes and soon I'll need to prepare for the Fall. Also, I'm a slow reader so I'll be lucky to finish two or three books before I've got to get back to work. Here was my response:

Here's what I'd like to get into: The Magdalen Martyrs, because Bruen knows what he's doing, The Limehouse Text, because the series (by Will Thomas) brings me great joy and, if there's time, Stealing the Dragon by Tim Maleeny because the first few pages seemed like great fun. Oh and Queenpin by Megan Abbott. Her prose is luminous - each line is always precisely as it must be.

So what are your top five for the next few weeks and why?

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Comment by Laura Benedict on August 1, 2007 at 9:57am
Hey, Steven!

On my table:
FOR YOUR EYE ALONE, The Letters of Robertson Davies--What a cool guy he was. Smart, erudite, wry, pompous, Canadian. What else could a girl ask for?

THE LIAR'S DIARY by Patry Francis--Met her first on myspace, then at T'fest. Neat person, love her blog.

THE SHOTGUN RULE by Charlie Huston--A fellow Ballantiner. Picked up the ARC at T'fest.

???? by ???--Am waiting for a book to review from my editor in Grand Rapids. I love surprises!

SANTERIA, The Religion--Research.

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY by Oscar Wilde--Research. Plus, I saw that Brian Kavanaugh posted a picture of Wilde today, so I'm taking it as an omen.

BTW--Make time for STEALING THE DRAGON. You won't regret it!

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