I was playing around in my LibraryThing account and discovered a cool widget that I will have to put on the blog. Until I do, be it known that I am currently diving into The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen. I haven’t read Bowen since I was an undergrad and thought I should give her another try. The language seemed quite dense in comparison to what I’ve read lately (a guilty pleasure: Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga) but the imagery is exquisite. Her characters are also quite big in the ‘what is left unsaid’ department, which is something I enjoy. The experience of reading Bowen thus far has been a lot like reading Plath (in particular, The Bell Jar): I slow down my reading to focus less on content and more on word craft.
I queried Tim for a good first read to break into Terry Pratchett with. His vote was to start out with Reaper Man (if I remember the title correctly). Any and all recommendations are welcome- just please don’t start me out in the middle of a series!