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Readin’ Swe­den With the new year upon us, Pasatiempo asked five New Mex­ico au­thors: What is the first book you in­tend to read in 2010?

Johnny D. Boggs: First up for fic­tion is David Mor­rell’s Burnt Si­enna, mainly be­cause I have an action novel due to my pub­lisher this spring, and no­body can blend slam-bang action and in­trigu­ing mul­ti­di­men­sional char­ac­ters like Mor­rell, so I’m hop­ing to learn some­thing or two. Non­fic­tion ti­tles (all re­search ma­te­rial for a novel due later in the year) in­clude The Eigh­teenth Mis­souri by Les­lie An­ders and Larry J. Daniel’s Shiloh: The Bat­tle That Changed the Civil War.

Nasario Gar­cia: Jan Good­win’s Price of Honor: Mus­lim Women Lift the Veil of Si­lence on the Is­lamic World, a New York Times No­table Book. Day by day, the world shrinks be­fore our eyes. As this oc­curs, we must strive to bet­ter un­der­stand other coun­tries, their cul­tures and tra­di­tions. Of spe­cial in­ter­est are the taboos that are wreak­ing havoc with the hearts and minds of Is­lamic women.

Anne Hiller­man: I bought Carmella Padilla’s El Ran­cho de las Golon­dri­nas last sum­mer and looked at Jack Par­son’s beau­ti­ful pho­tos but never got a chance to read it. Carmella is such a fine writer, and this is a nice dose of hu­man good­ness to ring in the new year.

Michael McGar­rity: The Girl Who Played With Fire, by the Swedish writer Stieg Lars­son, who died in 2004. Al­though I write crime fic­tion, I don’t tend to read a lot of it. I found Lars­son’s first novel, The Girl With the Dragon Tat­too, com­pelling, richly at­mo­spheric, and pep­pered with ab­sorb­ing char­ac­ters.

David Mor­rell: Stieg Lars­son’s The Girl Who Played With Fire. It’s from a se­ries that is eas­ily the hottest group of thrillers in the world. Lars­son is a Swedish au­thor who wrote the three books and then dropped dead. A cult has de­vel­oped about him.

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