- Pasternak, Boris. Doctor Zhivago (Currently Reading)
- Pratchett, Terry.
- Vance, Jack. Lyonesse: Suldrun’s Garden (2011–05–30)
- Short Stories
- Ellison, Harlan. “How Interesting: A Tiny Man” (2011–05–22) [2010 Nebula Award—Short Story]
- Johnson, Kij. “Ponies” (2011–05–22) [2010 Nebula Award—Short Story]
- Lovecraft, H. P. from H. P. Lovecraft: Tales
- “The Call of Cthulhu” (2011–06–11)
- “The Colour Out of Space” (2011–06–12)
- “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” (2011–06–19)
Having been sick, I put Zhivago aside for a week and read three Lovecraft stories. The three stories which I read were definitely better written than earlier stories I had sampled. His prose does still tend in an awkward purple direction, but “Cthulhu” and “Colour” both held my attention and had an enjoyable eeriness to them. “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” seemed silly at times, particularly towards the ending. I could envision animated satire of this piece. Perhaps I have seen too many of Miyazaki’s frog and fish creatures to be creeped out by “the Innsmouth look”—my mind constantly made something comical of them. Still, there were some rewarding moments of tension and eeriness. The ending, though largely predictable, succeeded for the narrator’s final proclamation. Then again, could the writer of the last two paragraphs have written the earlier narrative? The effect succeeds in the moment, but weakens with time. “Colour” sticks with me as being a successful tale.
Tomorrow I return to Zhivago in all it’s joyful sorrow and affirmation of life despite suffering.