This is only halfway working out. That is I have been buying books from independent bookstores that I support. But oddly enough, I tend not to read them as quickly as books that I don’t personally purchase. (What’s up with that? Is this the beginning of a new range for Mount TBR*? And how do those who have decided to make their mountain ranges invisible by impulsively buying e-books keep track of the altitude of their unread reading material? Do unread e-books have the power to call out to you as do physical books? Or for that matter to shame you into reading them? But I digress.)
Anyway, here’s where I’m at: Previously I bought these three books from my favorite mystery bookstore, Once Upon a Crime:
Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva – A wise-cracking mystery set on the mean streets of Rhode Island (aka “Rogue Island”) featuring a dogged journalist who wants to get to the bottom of a series of fatal arson attacks on houses in a working class part of town. I enjoyed the newsroom color and the author’s loving portrait of a flawed community. The wisecracks got to be a little much at times. Nominated for an Edgar award. I donated it to my local public library when I finished it.
Dog Eats Dog byIain Levison – a sardonic, satirical, Scottish farce of book. Like a French farce, but deep fried and totally bad for you. At Library Thing I described it as a cross between “The Ransom of Red Chief” and In Cold Blood. A criminal who needs to lie low until a gunshot wound heals takes over the home of a bumbling college professor, but before long the idiot professor – who is as criminally-minded as the crook – has the upper hand. I was thrown by the setup including a terrible teacher at a small liberal arts college teaching two courses a year and making $100,000 a year (my suspension of disbelief taking an early tumble and remaining suspicious for the rest of the book) and some of the black humor didn’t totally work for me because it is so deeply cynical and I guess, when it comes right down to it, I am not, even though events are conspiring to make me so.
Village of the Ghost Bears by Stan Jones – this is the one looking at me reproachfully. I bought it a while ago, but haven’t read it yet. That’s because I plan to read the previous volumes in the series after reading the first for a book discussion. I enjoyed it tremendously, particularly its strong sense of place in a fascinating setting. So it will have to wait for me to read two more volumes, which I will be spacing out to match up with 4MA discussion.
Also, I was in the cities visiting the state capital not too long ago with a few union members (a thousand or so on a bitterly cold day) and my daughter and on the way home we stopped at the new alternative bookstore, Boneshaker Books – the only bookstore I know of that provides delivery by bicycle. Anyway, I had to support them, right? So I bought a few books . . .
*Mount TBR = the accumulation of books to be read.