Author Rating: A

We all have to go some time, but the world is a sadder place without Russell Hoban.  I very much disagree with Laura Miller’s assertion that he was  “a cult writer.”   He was simply brilliant.

Riddley Walker (Read 1980s) Recommended

The apocalypse happened so long ago, the time before is no more than myth. Religious orders maintain remnants of the technological past. Riddley Walker searches for understanding. Blisteringly good stuff.

Turtle Diary (read 3/07) Recommended

Somewhat melancholy story about two people whose lives come together in the common goal of returning a sea turtle to the sea.

Her Name was Lola (read 6/07) Recommended

How to describe this? It’s about living and love, forgetting and remembering. A really wonderful novel that you won’t want to miss.

Frances the Badger series for children ( read as a child in the ’60s):

  • Bedtime for Frances
  • A Baby Sister for Frances
  • A Bargain for Frances
  • Best Friends for Frances
  • A Birthday for Frances
  • Bread and Jam for Frances

I never connected the author of the Frances stories with the adult novels until now. That new knowledge feels like a gift.