Friday, June 03, 2005

Can't Quite Make It To The End

Books that surprised me because I wanted to like them but, so far, haven't been able to finish:

The Plot Against America - Philip Roth
Strangers On A Train - Patricia Highsmith
Voluntary Madness - Vicki Hendricks
Kill Whitey - Ken Harvill

It's just me, right? These are good books, I know they are. Sometimes the stars or planets or biorhythms or something aren't right and I have to put down a book and come back to it later. Happens with music, too.

On the other hand, a recent book I whipped through and didn't want to end:

Little Scarlet - Walter Mosley

Excellent, fine writing. Mosley's voice is true, his craftmanship is unobtrusive, and the story kills.