Daily Archives: January 18, 2021

Reading Notes, 1/18/21

Finished Reading

Strange Cures by Rob Zabrecky

I am most familiar with Rob Zabrecky as a slightly off-kilter magician. He was in fact also the front man for the band Possum Dixon*. Strange Cures is about Zabrecky’s early life, childhood through early thirties, which is mostly his music career and his slip into (and eventually out of) drug addiction. It’s also a sort of love letter to Los Angeles. I love narratives with a strong sense of place, so that was appealing to me. The writing is sometimes choppy. There are shifts in tense that I assume are purposeful. It’s kind of like in a film where, while the character is narrating in voice-over, a flashback happens. What was twenty years ago is suddenly last Thursday.

*I was vaguely aware of Possum Dixon and had probably heard their music since they were no doubt played on the River, Iowa Western’s radio station, which, while I didn’t like everything they played, was a welcome change from the Top 40 station that was played incessantly at my workplace…until I became a manager and took control of the radio.

Here’s a little bit of the Rob Zabrecky I’m more familiar with.

This is my first book for the Shelf Love challenge (#1 of 21+). I purchased this book in September of last year and own it in paperback.

Deal Me In

Week 2: 7♠️
“Eveline’s Visitant” by Mary Elizabeth Braddon – Two weeks, two great Mary Elizabeth Braddon stories.

It was at a masked ball at the Palais Royal that my fatal quarrel with my first cousin André de Brissac began.

Isn’t that just juiciest beginning to a story?

Currently Reading

I started my read-through of the Dune series. My intent is to finish Frank Herbert’s six Dune books by October (when the movie comes out). I also intend to see the movie in the theater, so if you all could get vaccinated when possible and mask-up until then, that would be great! 😬

I’m apparently in the mood for a sensation novel. The Abbot’s Ghost by Louisa May Alcott is my current “bedside” reading.