Reading Unlocking the Novella-In-Flash by Michael Loveday. Just what I need, it will rescue my novel.
Writing standalone fiction in under 1,000 words that, together with other standalone flash pieces, becomes a coherent novella is the most challenging and exciting creative project I’ve undertaken outside of software.
I read Ben Lerner’s The Topeka School on audible, and loved it but knew I had missed too much. So now I’m reading it in print (well, digital print). It is a beautiful book and his mastery of the craft of writing is stunning.
I liked it so much that I immediately read 10:04 This is a novel clearly written by a poet. It is short, lyrical, and elegiac.
Cormac McCarthy is one of our great writers, no doubt. The Road was a masterpiece. This one is very good, but not, in my eyes, amazing (which is what it takes for me to give 5 stars). He has an incredible ear for dialog, and I’m very much looking forward to the second book in this series.
Maybe I missed it, but he sets up a mystery (or a couple) and never resolves them. Again, might be in the second book.
I’ve created a tiny bookstore of my favorite books. I’ve started with a couple dozen of what I believe is the best fiction of the past decade or so. (Profits go to Belmont Books, and a small commission to me).