The Sunday Salon

Fall is definitely here, even if the calendar says it is still officially summer. We’ve had football on TV all day, I made Honey Apple Muffins for dinner, I just had to come in from sitting on the deck because it was too chilly … and this week I finished my first book for R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril.

That would be the short story collection Steampunk Poe, featuring stories and poems by Edgar Allan Poe with a twist of steampunk. Upon picking this up at the library, I was concerned that someone had actually altered Poe’s work. You know how you hear about that sort of thing every so often: someone trying to “modernize” a classic to make it more appealing.

Thankfully, that’s not the situation here. All of Poe’s stories that are represented here (including favorites like “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” and new-to-me stories like “The Spectacles” and “The Balloon Hoax”) are intact. The steampunk elements come into play with the illustrations.

The result is a fun book, a good introduction to Poe, and one that would be appealing to a YA audience. (This was in the teen section of our library.) A perfect read for Peril of the Short Story category of R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril.

I switched gears dramatically after that.

Boleto by Alyson Hagy. Oh, my word.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this because, sadly, I didn’t get much further than the first few pages with Alyson Hagy’s Snow, Ashes. So, I was kind of ambivalent but I knew her writing was supposed to be wonderful and I wanted to give her a second chance.

I’m so glad I did. This was not what I was expecting. This novel – a modern day Western, if you will – about a 23 year old guy who purchases a young horse believing that she is his ticket to … what, exactly? Happiness? Success? Love? Whatever it is, Boleto absolutely had me riveted.

I almost don’t want to say too much about this because I’m going to try and have a review up tomorrow (or soon thereafter) but this was so different than most books I read. It was so wonderfully complex. There is much that I don’t think I actually “got”, but for some reason that is okay.

I’m on the TLC Book Tour coming up for Love, In Theory and since my review date is coming up soon (next Tuesday, September 25), I need to spend some time this week with these 10 stories by E.J. Levy. When this one was pitched to me, they mentioned that it won the Flannery O’Connor Award – and I replied that I was immediately sold. I love Flannery O’Connor, and any short story collection that can draw a comparison to her in any way whatsoever is one that I’m interested in.

Finally, in the spirit of Rosh Hashanah, whether you celebrate or not, sending you many wishes tonight for health, happiness, and peace in the year ahead.

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