Monday, September 22, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey. In order to get some consistency to my posting I thought I’d jump on board this great idea. As a self-proclaimed bookaholic, I love talking about my books and finding out what others are reading. Having been a long time reader of multiple blogs where the ‘It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?’ post is prevalent, I thought it a natural progression I’d add to the mix.
Last week I was on a surreal kick with a sci-fi and steampunk.

- Review: AURORA MERIDIAN by Amanda Bridgeman

- Review: THE BURIED LIFE by Carrie Patel

This week I'm continuing the surrealist theme with THE AGE ATOMIC while also delving into a classic I've had on my shelf for far too long in LOLITA.

Here are my intended picks for the week including what I've got on the go at the moment:

The Age AtomicTHE AGE ATOMIC by Adam Christopher (The sequel to EMPIRE STATE. This one has more of a traditional sci-fi feel with a touch of classic comic book plotting. I love the world building here and the characters are a geeks delight. I'll have a review up in a day or so.)

The Empire State is dying. The Fissure connecting the pocket universe to New York has vanished, plunging the city into a deep freeze and the populace are demanding a return to Prohibition and rationing as energy supplies dwindle.

Meanwhile, in 1954 New York, the political dynamic has changed and Nimrod finds his department subsumed by a new group, Atoms For Peace, led by the mysterious Evelyn McHale.

As Rad uncovers a new threat to his city, Atoms For Peace prepare their army for a transdimensional invasion. Their goal: total conquest – or destruction – of the Empire State.

American Supernatural TalesAMERICAN SUPERNATURAL TALES edited by S.T. Joshi (I've read about 150 pages of this 500+ page collection of short stories spanning back from the 1800's through to now. It's a diverse and deeply enjoyable collection of dark and disturbing fiction by some of the greatest authors in history. Some are quite literary while others are pure horror in all it's b-grade splatter mess glory. This week I'm using this collection as a bridge between THE AGE ATOMIC and settling in for a read of LOLITA.)

*As a side note, this edition is perfect, from the black edged pages to the hardcover with the hand held heart art work - the appeal was initialling on the façade, the contents just as good.

The ultimate collection of weird and frightening American fiction.

As Stephen King will attest, the popularity of the occult in American literature has only grown since the days of Edgar Allan Poe. American Supernatural Tales celebrates the richness of this tradition with chilling contributions from some of the nation's brightest literary lights, including Poe himself, H. P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and-of course- Stephen King. By turns phantasmagoric, spectral, and demonic, this is a frighteningly good addition to Penguin Classics.

LolitaLOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov (I originally started reading this back in 2010 (thanks Goodreads for being my reading memory) but put it down midway through. The subject matter isn't for everyone but it's one of those books that just needs to be read. Am looking forward to jumping back in.)

Lolita is a novel by Vladimir Nabokov, written in English & published in 1955 in Paris, in 1958 in NY & in 1959 in London. It was later translated by its Russian-native author into Russian. The novel is notable for its controversial subject: the protagonist & unreliable narrator, a 37–38-year-old literature professor, Humbert Humbert, is obsessed with the 12-year-old Dolores Haze, with whom he becomes sexually involved after he becomes her stepfather. "Lolita" is his private nickname for Dolores (both the name & nickname are of Spanish origin).

After its publication, Lolita attained a classic status, becoming one of the best-known & most controversial examples of 20th century literature. The name "Lolita" has entered pop culture to describe a sexually precocious girl. The novel was adapted to film by Stanley Kubrick in 1962, & again in 1997 by Adrian Lyne. It has also been adapted several times for stage & has been the subject of two operas, two ballets & an acclaimed but failed Broadway musical.


  1. It is hard for me to believe, but I have yet to read a book from the steampunk genre. (Has there ever been a genre with a cool-er name?) I guess I just need a place to start.

    Here's my It's Monday!

    1. Hi Deb, I only started reading the genre this year and am a little 50/50 - not sure I'm sold on the genre yet but want to try some more books before deciding to stick with it or not.

      Happy reading :-)

  2. YAY for Lolita, sure it is sickening and controversial but that man knows how to write. I'll be interested to see what you think of The Age Atomic, I didn't think much of it; not as good as Empire State.