January 2012.....9 books this month
James Ellroy – Killer On The Road
Dave Zeltserman – Julian Katz
John Warburton/Shaun Ryder – Hallelujah
Michael Connelly – Nine Dragons
George Pelecanos – The Way Home
Martin Amis – The Second Plane
William Boyd – Fascination
Graham Greene – Dr. Fischer Of Geneva
Donald Ray Pollock – Knockemstiff
Nothing stand out, Pelecanos fairly good, not his best though. Connelly – a bit of an improvement on the last couple of his I’ve read but not his best.
Amis’s Second Plane was interesting enough; essays and articles on post-911 world.
Boyd – I struggled with some of the short stories, just wasn’t interested in them.
Graham Greene was enjoyable.
Short stories from Pollock – the pick of the month – Knockemstiff
Blurb... Knockemstiff is a pitch-dark and often hilarious collection of stories set in the tiny Appalachian town of Knockemstiff, Ohio, a community so deprived and diminished it no longer appears on any map.
The youth of Knockemstiff grow up in the malignant shadow of their parents; raised on abuse, alcohol, drugs and cigarettes, they are stunted in every possible way: emotionally, mentally, sometimes physically. They talk a lot about escape but they never so much as cross the county line.
The stories in Knockemstiff are simple and compact, blunt and brutal, but are also infused with a deep sympathy for the incapacitating loneliness of poverty, neglect and severely limited horizons.
Knockemstiff is a human, very funny and unforgettable debut from a stunning new voice in American fiction.