Monday, May 19, 2008

Reading, (p)Reviewing, Etc and Such

I finished reading Zachary Mason's The Lost Books of The Odyssey last night. Seriously, this is one amazing book. Before I started reading, I thought I should probably brush up on my knowledge of The Odyssey so I would hopefully get what's going on. I did not brush up. I might have missed some fine nuances, but I really don't think I did. I'll have a full review coming soon at NewPages, but, for now, just know that Zachary Mason's The Lost Books of The Odyssey will rock your world. The stories are stellar and the ideas and construction of the book is brilliant, too, if you're into that. I highly recommend this book to anyone, whether you've read The Odyssey or not.

John Reed has collaborated with William Shakespeare to compose a new play entitled All the World is a Grave, which is due out in August and is available for pre-order now. I'm looking forward to this. John has written books that take on the canon, imploding Lewis Carroll, George Orwell, and now Shakespeare. AtWiaG is apparently going to be staged in New York and New Hampshire. This is going to be fun.

Also, if you can get your hands and eyes on a copy of the latest New York Tyrant (it's sold out, so you may have to beg, borrow, or steal), you will be happy with yourself for doing so. I'll have a review of that and the latest print edition of Juked at NewPages soon, too.

In the near future, I'll be reviewing some books from New Directions. All kinds of good stuff.

Hungry eyes must be fed.

4 comments:

BLAKE BUTLER said...

just got lost books in the mail. starting today. excited.

yes tyrant is the shiiittt

nice job on new directions, that's awesome

BLAKE BUTLER said...

thanks also for including that you don't need to reup on the odyssey first. i was trying to figure out how to handle that.

Josh Maday said...

yeah, i actually put off reading it for a little while because i was afraid of starting and getting lost. but i've only read THE ODYSSEY once, and i had no trouble at all. any of the somewhat obscure references, because of the framing of the entire book, has helpful footnotes. i'm excited to hear what you think of Lost Books. enjoy.

i like the books New Directions puts out, so it's really a sweet deal to be able to review their books.

ryan call said...

yes new directions is good.