Speaking of reading novels ... I am, sadly, a slow reader these days. I certainly can't keep up with the current year's crop of books, let alone the books published last year or the year before. I'm trying to catch up; I've resolved to stop buying books until I put a dent into my backlog. Of course, I make that resolution lots of times. Books are my obsession.
I just finished a "current" novel, finishing The Ruins by Scott Smith, which grabbed my attention and wouldn't let go.* But it's time I sat down and read the nominees for this year's World Fantasy Award since I'm going to the convention for the first time and because I like several of the novelists being considered. Since I haven't had a "what should I read" poll in a while, I thought I'd offer one again.
Pick the World Fantasy novel nominee you think I should read first. The one with the most votes wins. Second place gets read next and so on.
I tried to figure out this on my own while I was still reading the Smith book, writing down numbers 1 through 5 on slips of paper and drawing them from a hat to see what order luck would present, but I've since lost that listing. I know it started with King, but this is more fun. :-)
I've got 63 days to read six** books. Pick your winner.
World Fantasy Novels
Lisey's Story by Stephen King
The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden
Soldier of Sidon by Gene Wolfe
* -- I wouldn't necessarily recommend The Ruins
to anyone without giving fair warning. It wasn't bad;
it just left me exhausted. There aren't any chapter breaks; you're immersed in each character viewpoint, told how they feel, what they experience. Readable prose, which makes it engaging. I was caught about 10-20 pages into the book, and by about 90 pages into the book the story took off. So, only approach it if you're wanting to lose focus on anything else for a few days. I'm definitely leery of re-reading it any time in the future, because it was such a pit bull.
** -- I say six because I haven't read the other Soldier books yet. Surprise, surprise! I picked up Latro in the Mist
so I could tackle Soldier of Sidon
with that behind me. So I'm looking at about 10 days to read each one.
Added Saturday, 9/1:
Looks like the votes fall in favor of the following order: Kushner, Lynch, Valente, King, and Wolfe.
For some reason, Catherynne's name didn't make it to the poll choices for The Orphan's Tales. I'm sure I added it when I set it up. My apologies for what seems to me a slight--it was unintended. The Orphan's Tales is a beautiful book and I'm looking forward to reading it.