This is what I've read since the Pale King.
Incredible Change-Bots Two by Jeffrey Brown
The sequel to the 2008 Transformers parody/tribute that I could not have loved more. I could have loved this one more. But I still at least liked it. The best jokes were at the beginning when Shootertron has amnesia and is working on a farm.
If the Transformers cartoons of the early mid-eighties were a part of your life, I could not possibly recommend Incredible Change-Bots One more.
Boy by Roald Dahl
Another thoughtful bookgift from my sister Emily, I was as surprised by the amount of mayhem and mutilations in this as I was the coldblooded murder in Flying Solo. Still, aren't stories about kid sent off to school in England some of the best stories there are? The combination of rascally activities and dumb innocence, the getting in trouble for things you didn't do, the not getting in trouble for stuff you did do, all the candies and treats that mean nothing to us American readers?
The Elements of Style by Strunk and White
I felt like I could use a refresher on my grammar and punctuation rules. I may consider myself a descriptivist, but I do like socially constructed rules. Like grammar. And punctuation. A fine read.
The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh
A satire of the cemetery industry set during the golden age of Hollywood, a book really couldn't be less like Brideshead Revisited (that would be the only other Waugh book I've written and also the book the fellow is most famous for). The only book I could possibly compare it to would be Flannery O'Connor's Wiseblood. I liked this book, next time in LA I need to visit Forest Lawn or Hollywood Forever.