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Nocilla Trilogy

The Nocilla Trilogy by Agustin Fernandez Mallo (I wish I could figure out the right characters to get his name right.)

The truth is, I wanted to WRITE this series, not read it. It’s brilliant. There’s really no describing it. I don’t know why, but I was in its crosshairs entirely through the first two books. The third fell a little flat for me, but I understand why even if I can’t quite put it into words.

Amazing series.

Photo of The Nocilla Trilogy on my coffee table.
Photo of The Nocilla Trilogy on my coffee table.

books on the shelf

Books that are currently churning:

“The Monkey Grammarian” by Octavio Paz

Why am I reading this? Because it was mentioned in book three of “The Nocilla Trilogy” by Agustín Fernández Mallo (which I have loved all the way up to book three. That one is a struggle.) It’s a fascinating book. I can’t say why, because I can’t quite figure out why.

“The Heyduke Trail” by Joe Mitchell and Mike Coronella

Why? Because my wife and I watched a documentary about a hike on the trail and we’re never going to do that. But it’s fun to pore over the maps and look at segments we could try. The whole thing? No.

“Adventures With The Mojave Phone Booth” by Godfrey “Doc” Daniels

Again, why? Because I heard about it on Desert Oracle Radio and I read the Desert Oracle magazine and you probably should too. This book reads like a blog from the 90s and I like that.

“The Mighty Fitz” by Dr. Michael Shumacher

No one who knows me asked why. Books on this topic are important.

“One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel García Márquez

I’m finding that I really enjoy literature written in the Spanish language. I know that translations are a rough game, but I’ve stumbled onto more than a few that have led me here. I’ll admit to having avoided this text in particular because I assumed that a translation wouldn’t be the same. And yet, I’m loving it. Being a reformed academic is a tough business. I need to let go more and read this stuff.

I’ll make another post when I knock out a few of these. I have a few days off for the holidays and that should be good for reading.

A Reboot Is Coming

Stay tuned. There’s new stuff coming to this site soon. Lots of reboots going on right now and this is going to be an active space.

More in just a bit…