My Reading List, Pt. 2

by John J. Miller on July 7, 2010

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The other day, I mentioned three books that I plan to read this summer. Here are a few more on the list. A copy of each is making the annual summer journey to Michigan. Unless it rains a lot, I won’t get to them all.

State of Fear, by Michael Crichton: It’s about a man-made environmental disaster. Seems topical. Kinda long, though. My paperback approaches 700 pages. The length has put me off in the past but Crichton tends to go quickly.

The Reversal, by Michael Connolly: The book doesn’t come out until the fall, but I have an advance copy. Connolly is always a safe pick because his crime thrillers are reliably a cut above. I’ve read more than a dozen, most recently The Scarecrow, which was a cut above even for Connolly.

So Cold the River, by Michael Koryta: A couple of years ago, I enjoyed his debut mystery Tonight I Said Goodbye. I’ve been meaning to try him again. This is his brand-new book. It’s set in the Midwest and there may be a supernatural element. So it’s up my alley.

The Breaking Point: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and the Murder of Jose Roblés, by Stephen Koch: I may want some nonfiction. I may also want a book by an author not named Michael. I’ve read a bit of Ernest Hemingway over the last couple of years and am thinking about diving into John Dos Passos, who was a reader of National Review. This is the story of how their friendship ended.

American Supernatural Tales, ed. S.T. Joshi: I like to travel with a collection of short stories in case I’m in the mood to start and finish something in a single sitting. Also, I’ve been meaning to read “The Events at Poroth Farm” by T.E.D. Klein. Years ago, Klein turned this tale into a good novel called The Ceremonies. I’ve always wanted to read the original story. In the 1980s, Klein was a promising horror writer, but since then he seems to have fallen silent.

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