2011 average: A book every 4.2 days (9 books read)
Just finished two books from the TOB that I mentioned in my last book post. First up was Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart, who also wrote Absurdistan which was a bit of a hit a few years ago. In fact, I wonder if this book wasn't rushed -- taken to market quickly in order to capture some of the prior books fame. It wasn't a bad book, but it could have used some serious editing -- an all too common problem in this day and age. It's a near future story of an old man (read 40) in the digital, youth driven age where all human interaction seems to have shrunk to twitter-like commentary on data spewing personal electronic devices. I see what he was trying to do here, but I didn't love his execution of the concepts.
Then last night I finished Bloodroot by Amy Greene, which I pretty much loved. It's a generation spanning novel about people living in the Appalachian Mountains. The story switches voices -- weaving in and out from one character and generation to another. The pacing was very nice, the writing was sparse enough to match the story and the characters were engaging. I highly recommend this debut novel and look forward to seeing what Greene will write next.