Here are some basic things about my reading tastes:
Book most recently read: Forever by Pete Hamill. This is really one of the best books I've ever read. And I'm not one of those people who use that phrase often, not at all. It's about a young Irishman who is cursed by an African shaman, and a debt to his dead parents. One curse gives him long life, the other gives his long life a direction. What's so interesting is the concept: that this man lives in Manhattan, and has lived there all throughout its large and varied history watching as the city is built and rebuilt, and how it is shaped through the years, by slavery, the printed word, immigration, poverty, war, jazz, art, even 9/11. And the ending is perfect; many books with high concepts seem to deliver until the very end, where the author clearly couldn't think of a way to conclude the story. Anne Rice's The Witching Hour, while an awesome book up to the final chapters, is a great example of this. However, Forever does not fail from that flaw, but is well written, with a strong story and strong characters.
Some of my favorite authors: Tolkien, Pete Hamill, Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling.
Strangest book read lately: The Master & Margarita by Mikhail Bolgakov. This is an old Russian book, a comedy of sorts, about what happens when The Devil comes to town. The first half deals with the havoc he wreaks, but if you can get through that, it's well worth it to read the story of Margarita and her lover, simply named "The Master". And to find out how it all deals with a novel about Pontius Pilate.
Books now reading: Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire, and Brilliance of the Moon by Lian Hearn.
Really, I'll pretty much read almost any fiction, as long as it isn't cheezy romance or just plain scary stuff like "Blueberry Muffin Murder" (which, by the way, is an actual title I found on the bookshelf". So send me a postcard!
Here's my address if anyone wants to send me a postcard recommendation!
78 Ashley Hall Plantation Rd.
Charleston, Sc 29407