I’ve been having a bad time with my attention span recently. Already gnat like, it may now need to be reclassified as more on a par with dust mites or amoeba. I haven’t finished reading anything for a month, but have a number of books which I’m switching between.
I’ve been enjoying Regeneration by Pat Barker, although the experience has been colored by alternating chapters with a re-read of Lord of the Rings. Am I returning the one ring to the cracks of doom, or is this a hallucination brought on by shell shock? Despite the host of differences the two books share something very fundamental in common, and its made me realize that WWI is an intrinsic part of Middle Earth, even if Tolkien denied it. Barker’s novel has some excellent technique I’m intent on stealing.
Started and occasionally returned to is Daughter of Hounds by Caitlin R Kiernan. I’m finding it a difficult read, either because its filmic structure produces a prose style that is difficult to penetrate, or because I’m reading it half a page at a time whilst watching TV and designing a website. I’m terrible at multi-tasking but I do it anyway.
I have my eye on both Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman and of course Spook Country by William Gibson. I read the first chapter of Mr Grossman’s superhero escapade in Borders but I’m on a book purchasing embargo until I finish something. Spook Country I’m nervous about reading because my expectations are so high. I’ve heard good things however.
I feel my attention wandering already so this blog post will have to end now.