One of my goals for 2015 is to read 52 novels by the end of the year. It’s common in this country to organize a schedule by weeks instead of months, and now that week one, short though it was, has ended, we can see how well we’ve fared so far.
Title: Blood Meridian
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Status: Currently at 40%
This is cheating because I read most of this around Christmas. I don’t think I have it in me to finish it though. The only other book by McCarthy I’ve read was The Road, back when I was determined to read all the Pulitzer Prize winners I could find, and his style worked well for that story–almost a fairy tale with its unnamed characters and its long walk through enchanted landscapes (or whatever the evil version of enchanted is). Blood Meridian is the same way, but at a certain point I find myself wishing the author had put his thesaurus down and got to the bloody point. It’s considered to be one of the best novels of the last century, but I can’t get into most of the characters. I keep expecting Yosemite Sam to pop out. Some parts of the book I love though: I just finished where the ex-priest tells the kid how they first teamed up with the judge. A devilish figure, and one done well.
Author: Robert J. Sawyer
Picked this one up on Friday and finished it by Saturday. Overall a good story, and while not necessary a fresh idea (an alternate universe inhabited by another species of hominids was done, and badly, on Sliders in the late-90s), the book itself contained enough world building on the Neanderthal side to be interesting. Some parts of the book worked for me (the Neanderthal storyline especially), and some didn’t (don’t get me started about the rape scene), but overall I’d recommend it, and I’m looking forward to reading parts two and three of the series. The best part of all? I tweeted about it, and the author retweeted me to his 11K or so followers. A grand day for me indeed.
Author: Jeffrey Eugenides
Status: Currently at 10%
The writing is very good, but it’s too early to have a strong opinion yet. It won the 2002 Pulitzer for Fiction, so I’m hopeful.
Summary of Books Completed:
Week One: Hominids (Jan 3, 2015)