ICurrently I am reading American Gods by some guy named Gaimen. It seems like I have seen him mentioned around here somewhere.
Funny you should mention him. I'm currently reading Smoke & Mirrors (a short story collection) and listening to the unabridged audio of Good Omens (co-written with Terry Prachett). I'm also reading Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison.
In the past two weeks I have breezed through several short novels - A Study in Scarlet and Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle, Princess of Mars by ERB and Michael Moorcock's Knight of the Swords. I just began reading James Clavell's Gai Jin with a page count three times greater than the previous four put together. I won't breeze through this one!
You'd think Saturday Night Live would appear on TV here, but it doesn't for whatever reason: at least, on free-to-air TV.
I've just finished The Great Tontine by Hawley Smart, from the collection The Penguin Book of Victorian Villainies. I found this slow.
I've also recently read A Sense of Reality, a collection of four stories by Graham Greene, and my first play for the year, Goat Song (Bocksgesang) by Franz Werfel, 1921. (Trans. Ruth Langner: in An Anthology of Austrian Drama, ed.Douglas A. Russell).
I've just finished listening to the LibriVox version of The Blonde Lady, by Maurice Leblanc (trans. Alexander Teixeira de Mattos). This is a translation of the second book from the Arsène Lupin series, in which Lupin matches wits against a Holmesian detective: the original title was Arsène Lupin contre Herlock Sholmes.
After reading American Gods, which was great,(but I will never look at Rock City the same from now on) I decided i wanted something lighter. I was in Dollar General the other day and I had no intention of buying any books. Naturally I bought two. They were both from the Hardcase Crime series, The Colorado Kid by Stephen King, and The Gutter And The Grave by Ed McBain. The Colorado Kid is a mystery with no solution. Some people might not like that but I did. I will finish The McBain book today and then I will read The Anansi Boys, another one by that Gaimen guy. On tape I am listening to His Excellency George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis.
I've finished listening to the LibriVox version of The Eight Strokes of the Clock (Les Huit Coups de l'horloge) by Maurice Leblanc. This is a volume of his Arsène Lupin series, collecting a series of eight mystery stories. The mysteries are unravelled by a masterful character called Prince Renine, who forms a pact with the heroine to investigate eight mysteries as a means of seducing her. In an introduction Leblanc suggests Renine is really Lupin, but in the stories themselves there is no indication of this, aside from a single clause in one tale. So I suspect this is a non-Lupin sequence turned into a Lupin book by the addition of the (short) introduction and that clause. (There is separately a reference to the Lupin novel The Hollow Needle that places the stories in the same fictional universe.)
I've finished A Russian Doll and Other Stories (Un muñeca rusa) by Adolfo Bioy Casares (trans. Suzanne Jill Levine), Doctor Brodie’s Report by Jorge Luis Borges (trans. Norman Thomas di Giovanni and the author), and partly listened to, partly read The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne, and The Cricket On the Hearth by Charles Dickens.