Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Reading Envy 014: Flannery O'Connor with Zombies

Scott and Jenny are joined by Jason Roland, who Jenny knows from the Goodreads group On the Southern Literary Trail.

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Book selections:

The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell
Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon
The Future for Curious People by Gregory Sherl
Welcome to Lovecraft (Locke & Key #1) by Joe Hill
I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down: Collected Stories by William Gay
How to Be Both by Ali Smith

Books mentioned otherwise:
Exit Kingdom by Alden Bell
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zura Neale Hurston
Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell
Smonk by Tom Franklin
The Walking Dead  (series)
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
Zone One by Colson Whitehead
Once the Shore by Paul Yoon
The Isle of Youth: Stories by Laura van den Berg
Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan (series)
The Sandman by Neil Gaiman (series)
Horns by Joe Hill
The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Fifth Head of Cerebrus by Gene Wolfe
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mendel
Lila by Marilynne Robinson

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  1. For zombie lit, I second the motion for Zone One (my review). And always support Richard Matheson.

    Blood Meridian is an extraordinary novel, but it's not really a southern one. It's a western, really an anti-western. It starts in the south, then quickly heads into Texas and Mexico, eventually ending up in California.

    PS: I just didn't get southern writers at all, until I lived in Louisiana. Then I saw the light, and have been reading these folks ever since.

    1. We didn't go very far into it, but this label of "Southern gothic" applied to writers who are not necessarily writing southern lit can definitely be a bit confusing!

      I think 2015 might be a good year to focus on reading more Southern lit, for me anyway.

    2. I'd be happy to join you. Especially for Southern Gothic.

  2. PS: Fifth Head of Cerberus is one of Wolfe's best. A weird, twisty book, one you can dive into but never ultimately sound.


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