Now am several chapters into The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud. Much hyped. On every best of the year list as you probably noticed.
I am so far completely underwhelmed by what I've read so far. I keep reaching for my editor's pencil to underline sentences where I think the writing is totally shitty! Long winded, with overly convoluted sentences and some strange choice of expression e.g.:
He was a failure at intimacy, if not at sex (he had no shortage of partners; but they were only shortly upon the scene.)I would have got Messud to rewrite that nasty quasi-Victorianism! Was her editor snoring?
Nevertheless, dear reader, now that I feel better for this sound off, I will get back to it. It surely must improve.
Have also begun Norah Vincent's Self-Made Man: My Year Disguised as a Man which I think I will enjoy much more, and am finishing the last few stories in the latest Silverfish collection so I can pass judgement on the whole thing.
And you? What are you reading?