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.