RE: What are you reading?
This week I finished Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson. I really enjoyed this book, the first Matheson I've read. He really knows how to build tension and character in a few short strokes. A movie was made of this book a few years back starring Kevin Bacon. If it's half as good as the book, I'll be a happy viewer.
Last night I finished Approaching Oblivion by Harlan Ellison, a collection of short stories. While there are some weak pieces here, the stories "One Life In Early Poverty," "Knox", "Silence in Gehenna" and "480 Seconds" are very strong. In fact, the introduction, where Harlan includes a letter taking him to task for some earlier comments regaring the students killed at Kent State (the reader chids Harlan for dedicating a book to them, asking Harlan why he doesn't realize they deserved to die) is worth the price of the book. Chilling stuff.
This weekend I'm going to sit down and read some books by two authors, one whom I've already interviewed, one who I'm interviewing next week.
K.L. Going is the author of Fat Kid Rules the World, a Young Adult novel. I work at a small newspaper and recently wrote an article about our local school board banning the book. A week later, I was able to get in touch with K.L. and get her take. I found her to be intelligent and very likable, she defended her book with passion and intelligence, addressing all the points the board raised concerning her novel. The article is one of the things I've written in my admittedly short newspaper career that I'm most proud of. I'm going to read Fat Kid and another of her books, Saint Iggy, this weekend.
This week I'm interviewing Mark Zupan. If you've seen the documentary Murderball (and I hope you have, it's a terrific movie) you've seen Zupan. He plays wheelchair rugby and is the focus of Murderball. He has a new book out called GImp.
This is another reason I like writing for the paper. It gives me an excuse to buy books. But who needs an excuse?