Lazy Sunday Thoughts: Books I’m Thinking About

It’s actually warm here today and instead of reading books, I’m thinking about them. Specifically, these books:

The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner. I tried to read The Flamethrowers and couldn’t get into it. I thought it was because I just wasn’t one of the cool kids. Then I read this review on The Guardian and finally felt like I belonged somewhere. Talitha Stevenson put into words what I had been feeling. I felt that the narrator was reporting what was happening to her; she was too distant. (I also found all her artsy pals, who she just met, to be a pile of phonies.) While the book might be celebrated and Kushner very talented, it wasn’t for me.

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. Do I want to read this? Should I just read Save Me the Waltz instead? Z is $14 and Waltz is 99cents on Kobo. I think I’ve made my decision.

A Plague of Zombies and The Custom of the Army by Diana Gabaldon. I bought these two Lord John novellas for an upcoming trip. I’m very excited to read them!Fingersmith

I’m reading Fingersmith by Sarah Waters right now and I’m hoping something happens soon.


  1. How are you liking Fingersmith? Everyone loved that book, and I just couldn't get into it. I finished it, but I felt like such an outsider. I wasn't really part of the club.

    1. The POV is interesting but not much has happened yet. I'll let you know when I finish.

  2. I saw a copy of the Zelda the other day, it looked so nice but I don't know, I wasn't sure. Reading her own work does sound a much better idea.

  3. Waters' novels always seem to be a slow build. I hope you end up liking Fingersmith because I have it on my stacks, too.

  4. There's a very negative review of The Flamethrowers in the current New York Review of Books, too. I won't be reading it.

    I'm also over zombies. I used to love zombies, but enough already.

    I'm starting to feel the same way about Zelda.

    And zebras.

    Everything starting with the letter 'z'. ;-)

  5. I remember Fingersmith starting off slow as well but I don't remember exactly when it starts picking up. Z has been quite popular--or maybe I should say Zelda in general. The Fitzgeralds have always been fascinating to me but I'm just not sure I want to read a based on truth fictionalized account. Hope you're having a great week!

  6. I thought Z was good - among the better fictional bios that have recently been released, although that's probably not saying much. There've been some very popular titles that I thought were utterly dreary. In the case of Z, I thought she did a great job of portraying Zelda as a vibrant human with weaknesses but not necessarily crazy so much as victim of a poor mental healthcare system. The one thing I found frustrating was the fact that the author read Zelda and Scott's correspondence but chose to fictionalize their letters. Why would you do that? That just boggled my mind. When fictionalizing real people, I think you should incorporate as much reality (their words included) as possible. Otherwise, I really enjoyed it.


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