Sorry, mistaken post.
I finally finished the DT...6 weeks and very slow for me...felt my eyes trying to leak and had to pause to gain some composure (was at the public pools). What a great story. Once it has finished settling in my brain I'm going to write more about it...and in a thread that will allow my spoilers...but for now I just wanted to share that I did it..and loved it.
Spark: a creative anthology, vol2. Quarterly publication of short stories and poems with artwork. Great eclectic reading.
Voice of the Fire, Alan Moore's (so far) only novel. It's...not for everyone, I'd say. Example: the first chapter is told in a broken style of English from the perspective of a slow-witted young man who lives around the year 4000 B.C. It's incredibly weird stuff. Here's a passage wherein the narrator talks about seeing clouds moving and breaking apart in the sky:
"In bove of I is many sky-beasts, big and grey. Slow is they move, as they is with no strong in they. May that they want for food, as I is want a-like. One of they is that empty in he's belly now, he's head it is come off and float a-way, and he is run more quick a-hind, as wants to catch of it. In low of sky is grass and woods go far ways off, where is I see an other hill, which after is there only little trees as grow world's edge a-bout."
It took me about half the chapter to pick up from context that sky-beasts are clouds. It's challenging stuff. It's also now probably one of my all-time favorite chapters from anything. By the time I finished reading it (the chapter is about 50 pages), I found myself almost thinking in the same speech pattern. Apart from that, the story is horrifying and heartbreaking.
The next chapter jumps forward in time about 1500 years, and from what I can tell each chapter is set progressively further in the future, so that the whole is probably unconnected except thematically.
Pretty damn great.
Im reading Debt of Honor by Tom Clancy
Right now I'm reading Firestarter for the first time. Just finished Carrie, a very good story.
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
This one has surprised me a little because the only other book by Tom Franklin I have read is "Smonk." "Smonk" is this brutal, hilarious Westernish tale set in Old Texas, Alabama in 1911. I had no idea what "Crooked Letter" was about when I started (didn't even read the book jacket) and was kind of expecting something along the lines of "Smonk." I was wrong, this is nothing like "Smonk." This is a tale set in a small town in Mississippi and so far (I'm only about a third of the way through) is about a sheriff trying to solve a shooting. The sheriff and the guy who was shot went to school together in this small town and were friends when they were kids but some kind of racial incident happened that split them (not clear yet what it was) and they haven't spoken to each other for many years. The sheriff is black and the other guy is white. I'm at a point in the book where there are several mysteries other than the shooting that are coming to the surface. It is very good so far.