Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: Under False Flags by Steve Anderson

Heloise's fellow villagers managed the destruction as best they could. Piles of salvageable belongings lined the street of half-standing buildings, a heap of clothing here, a cluster of furniture there.
-- Under False Flags by Steve Anderson, available at Powell's and other bookstores, also in a Kindle edition and an audio edition. Under False Flags is set at the Western Front of WWII when an American GI and a German soldier are both sent behind enemy lines on "false flag" missions.  Their fates collide at the 1944 Battle of the Bulge.

I know what my dad is getting for Christmas!

My 2010 interview with Steve Anderson is here. My review of The Losing Role, one of his earlier novels, is here.

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mailbox Monday: Brian Doyle

Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! MM was created by Marcia, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring event. Mailbox Monday has now returned to its permanent home where you can link to your MM post.

I got one book last week -- a new collection of essays by Brian Doyle:

Children & Other While Animals by Brian Doyle, published by OSU Press.

The self-description is terrific: "Notes on badgers, otters, sons, hawks, daughters, dogs, bears, air, bobcats, fishers, mascots, Charles Darwin, newts, sturgeon, roasting squirrels, parrots, elk, foxes, tigers, and various other zoological matters."

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Book Beginning: Under False Flags by Steve Anderson


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Corporal Wendell Lett and his buddies spent most of the time crouched or prone, breathing dust and bitter black smoke, the passing NCOs screaming instructions so fast that they ended up asking each other just what the orders were.

-- Under False Flags by Steve Anderson, also available in a Kindle edition and an audio edition. That is an attention-grabbing beginning! Under False Flags is the latest WWII novel from a terrific author whose loyal following grows with every new book.

My 2010 interview with Steve Anderson is here. My review of The Losing Role, one of his earlier novels, is here.

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List: The Booker Prize

The Booker Prize is awarded each year for a full-length novel, written English and published in the UK. The Booker was traditionally awarded for novels by British, Irish, and Commonwealth authors published in the UK. In 2014, the award was opened to any novel originally published in English, mostly meaning Americans were eligible.

If anyone else working on this list would like me to post a link to your progress report(s), please leave a comment with a link and I will add it below.

So far, I have read 30 of the 48 winners.  Here is the list, with those I have finished reading in red; those on my TBR shelf in blue:

2014: Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North

2013: Elinor Catton, The Luminaries

2012: Hilary Mantel, Bring up the Bodies

2011: Julian Barnes, The Sense Of an Ending (reviewed here)

2010: Howard Jacobson, The Finkler Question (reviewed here)

2009: Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall (reviewed here)

2008: Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger

2007: Anne Enright, The Gathering (reviewed here)

2006: Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss

2005: John Banville, The Sea (reviewed here)

2004: Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty

2003: DBC Pierre, Vernon God Little

2002: Yann Martel, Life of Pi

2001: Peter Carey, True History of the Kelly Gang

2000: Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

1999: J. M. Coetzee, Disgrace

1998: Ian McEwan, Amsterdam

1997: Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

1996: Graham Swift, Last Orders

1995: Pat Barker, The Ghost Road

1994: James Kelman, How Late it Was, How Late

1993: Roddy Doyle, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

1992: Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient, and Barry Unsworth, Sacred Hunger (reviewed here)

1991: Ben Okri, The Famished Road

1990: A.S. Byatt, Possession

1989: Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

1988: Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda (reviewed here)

1987: Penelope Lively, Moon Tiger

1986: Kingsley Amis, The Old Devils

1985: Keri Hulme, The Bone People (reviewed here)

1984: Anita Brookner, Hotel du Lac

1983: J. M. Coetzee, The Life and Times of Michael K (reviewed here)

1982: Thomas Keneally, Schindler's List

1981: Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children (reviewed here)

1980: William Golding, Rites of Passage

1979: Penelope Fitzgerald, Offshore

1978: Iris Murdoch, The Sea, the Sea (reviewed here)

1977: Paul Scott, Staying On

1976: David Storey, Saville

1975: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Heat and Dust

1974: Nadine Gordimer, The Conservationist, and Stanley Middleton, Holiday

1973: J. G. Farrell, The Siege of Krishnapur

1972: John Berger, G (reviewed here)

1971: V.S. Naipaul, In a Free State

1970, The Lost Booker: J. G. Farrell, Troubles

1970: Bernice Rubens, The Elected Member

1969: Percy Howard Newby, Something to Answer For


Last updated on October 15, 2014.


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If you would like to be listed, please leave a comment with links to your progress reports or reviews and I will add them here.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Booker Prize: 2014 Winner

The 2014 Booker Prize went to Richard Flanagan for The Narrow Road to the Deep North, a “magnificent novel of love and war” that tells the agonizing story of prisoners and captors on the Burma railway in WWII.

This is the first year the prize was opened up to Americans. The Booker has traditionally been awarded for novels by British, Irish, and Commonwealth authors published in the UK.  Then they added a biennial "international" prize for any book written in English.  That one would cover American authors and seems enough to me.  I really don't like that they opened the regular Booker prize to Americans. We already have the Pulitzer and the National, we don't need to horn in on Britain's big prize.

But I guess it's not an issue this year, since the prize went to an Australian author.

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