Underdog Literature, February 2013: 15 fresh or artsy, off-the-wall titles

Underdog Literature February 2013 WordPress.

Here are 15 books that caught my interest lately.

Fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious titles that might deserve more attention:


01: ALEJANDRO SAMBA, “Ways of going home”, 160 pages, January 2013. [Chilean]

02: MEG WOLITZER, “The Interestings”, 480 pages, April 2013.

03: CARLENE BAUER, “Frances and Bernard”, 208 pages, January 2013. [Episolary Novel about Robert Lowell and Flannery O’Connor.]

04: TEDDY WAYNE, “The Lovesong of Jonny Valentine”, 304 pages, February 2013.

05: KRISTOPHER JANSMA, “The unchangeable Spots of Leopards”, 274 pages, March 2013.

06: ELLIOT HOLT, “You are one of them”, 304 pages, May 2013.

07: WILLIAM H. GASS, “Middle C”, 464 pages, March 2013.

08: ALAN WARNER, “The Deadman’s Pedal”, 376 pages, 2012.[Coming-of-Age, Scotland]

09: FREDERIC MANNING, “Her Privates We”, 288 pages, 1930. [War, Australia]

10: RENATA ADLER, “Speedboat”, 192 pages, 1976. [Novel / Vignettes / Cultural Criticism]

11: MARK HARRIS, “Pictures at a Revolution”, 496 pages, 2008. [Cultural Studies / Film Studies]

12: MAUREEN MEDVED, “The Tracey Fragments”, 149 pages, 1998. [Young Adult]

13: TOM SPANBAUER, “Now is the Hour”, 480 pages, 2006. [Coming-of-Age]

14: SAMUEL R. DELANY, “The Motion of Light in Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village”, 584 pages, 1988. [Memoir]

14: URSULA K. LeGUIN, “The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction”, 250 pages, 1992. [Essays]

15: ANTONI LIBERA, “Madame”, 448 pages, 1998. [Polish]


Here are five books that made me curious enough to buy them:

01: LISA GERVIS (editor): “BITCHfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine”,  400 pages, 2006. [Essays]

02: SHEILA HETI, “How should a Person be?”, 288 pages, 2010. [recommended to me by a good, trustworthy friend.]

03: JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV, “Echoes”, 144 pages, 2011. [Horror, Graphic Novel. I liked this writer’s work on DC Comic’s “I, Vampire”.]

04: ALEXANDER OSANG: “Berlin – New York. Kolumnen aus der schönen neuen Welt”, 320 pages, 1999-2004. [Journalism, German]

05: ULRICH BECK, ELISABETH BECK-GERNSHEIM, “Fernliebe: Lebensformen im globalen Zeitalter”, 280 pages, 2011. [Sociology, German]


…and finally, here are three books that I read – and that were really good:

I’m a juror for a fantasy literature prize this month, so I read lots of sci-fi, horror and fantasy:

4 of 5 stars: ANDREAS BRANDHORST, “Das Artefakt”, 656 pages, 2012. [German, Hard Sci-Fi]

4 of 5 stars: MARKOLF HOFFMANN, “Ines öffnet die Tür”, 288 pages, 2012. [German, All-Ages Fantasy]

4 of 5 stars: CLIVE BARKER, “The Thief of Always”, 225 pages, 1992. [All-Ages Fantasy]


related Posts:



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s