A partial list of those who inspired me to purchase e-books recently
July 24, 2011 § 1 Comment
Marjorie Bowen, The Bishop of Hell and Other Stories (free, Kindle for iPhone/iPad) – first saw this mentioned in the 2006 Big-Ass Fantasy List compiled on Jeff VanderMeer’s old blog. Finally got around to downloading it in June.
Minister Faust, The Alchemists of Kush ($2.99, Kindle for iPhone/iPad) – Jeff’s the responsible party, as his signal boost first caught my eye and I downloaded it the day of release last month. Very good story.
Hanan al-Shaykh, The Locust and the Bird: My Mother’s Story ($11.99, Kindle for iPhone/iPad)- Ian Sales mentioned al-Shaykh to me and this is the e-book I chose to purchase. Outstanding memoir/biography of a Lebanese mother and her struggles to find true love.
Chris Adrian, The Great Night: A Novel ($11.99, Kindle for iPhone/iPad) – The New Yorker‘s brief article on it a couple of months ago led me to purchase it. Not as good as The Children’s Hospital, but still a good novel to read.
Sadegh Hedayat, The Blind Owl ($8.59, Kindle for iPhone/iPad) – Paul Smith raved about this novel to me months ago on Twitter. I bought it in April and perhaps I should rave about it as well.
Rikki Ducornet, Netsuke ($11.99, Kindle for iPhone/iPad) – Jeff’s again at fault. Still, it was a pleasant read.
Gustave Flaubert, Salammbô (free, Kindle for iPhone/iPad) – Paul got me to read this, although I read it in both the original French and then in English translation to fill in the comprehension gaps. Excellent Flaubert story.
Nick Mamatas, Starve Better ($3.99, Kindle for iPhone/iPad) – Actually, it was Nick himself mentioning it on Twitter that got me to buy it at a discounted price. Interesting non-fiction piece; plan to re-read it before weighing in on it, though.
Gérard Nerval, Sylvie (free, iBooks) – It was a combination of Umberto Eco and Paul Smith that got me to read this tale in both French and English. Outstanding.
Grans G. Bengtsson, The Long Ships ($9.87, Kindle for iPad) – Abagail Nussbaum just blogged about this in a post on recent reads and her reaction spurred me to check this out, which I hope to do later this week.
Cormac McCarthy, Sunset Limited ($11.99, iBooks) – Shaun Duke I believe was the one who recommended this one to me. Better than average McCarthy, or just simply outstanding – your pick.
Frank Turner Hollon, The God File ($5.99, iBooks) – Brian Lindenmuth recommended this one to me and now I shall pass that recommendation onto others.
If I bothered to list the past three months’ of recommendations that I purchased in print form, the list likely would double, but this should suffice for now. Any of these you want to read or recommend to others?