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What I’m reading – The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay; Matador

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What I’m reading – <i>The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay</i>; <i>Matador</i>

I haven’t done this in a bit – let’s see what’s on your end table at night!

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon was published in 2000. I own the hardcover, and I’m fairly certain I got it in a bookstore and not a used book sale (it has no sticker on it with a reduced price, which is what clued me in). That means I probably got it in 2000-01. That means I’ve had this book for almost a decade and haven’t read it yet. I’ve explained this before, but long ago I decided to read my books by alphabetical order by author, and once I go through the alphabet, I’ll start over. So that means when I got this I had already passed “C” and just now I’m getting back around to it. I’m both a slow reader and I have a LOT of books. So there. Anyway, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is really good. I’m not quite halfway through it (they just saw Citizen Kane, if you’ve read the book), and I really like it a lot. So far, it seems Chabon is focusing a bit too much on Kavalier and less on Clay, which is too bad, but Clay is now getting close to Tracy Bacon, so I suppose his story is going to take off a bit. From how Chabon describes Kavalier’s art, I wish it existed. Chabon makes it sound astonishing. I’m looking forward to reading more Chabon (I have bought three of his subsequent books without ever actually having read any of his writing, which might make me crazy, but I love the descriptions of them, and hey, Wonder Boys was a great movie, right?), but first I have to finish this sucker!

I’m also working my way through my long boxes, as I have been for five years. I’ve reached Devin Grayson and Brian Steelfreeze’s Matador, the Wildstorm series that came out in 2005-06. I really wish this had been better – it’s not bad, but it’s not great, and you can see the excellent struggling to come out but never really breaking through. Too bad!

Sound off with what you’re reading during these dog days o’ summer! Why try to drag yourself out into the heat – grab a book!

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