Just a quick update…
I’ve added a few more titles and changed others on my 2014 Global Reading Challenge page:
- Added Havana Blue (Mario Conde #1) by Leonardo Padura (Cuba) to complete the North American trio.
- Added Nairobi Heat (Ishmael and O #1) by Mukoma Wa Ngugi (Kenya) to African list. Need one more here.
- Considering either Diamond Dove or Gunshot Road (Emily Tempest series) by Adrian Hyland (Northern Territories) to complete the Australia trio.
- Added March Violets (Bernie Gunther #1) by Phillip Kerr (Germany) as a possible alternate for European component.
- Substituted Alone in the Crowd (Inspector Espinosa #8) by Luiz Alfredo Garcia Roza (Brazil) It’s the only one in the series I’ve been able to obtain a copy of.
- I’ve tentatively added Tokyo Year Zero (Tokyo Trilogy #1) by David Peace (Japan), but I prefer series protagonists.
- Death of a Red Heroine (Inspector Chen #1) by Qiu Xiaolong (China) is still on my list, but since so many others have reviewed this title, I’m hoping to find something else to fill the spot.
Titles from Asia are proving to be the most elusive, all the more so because I’m trying to find books written by nationals, or at the very least, writers who live in (or have lived in) the locale they are writing about. Adding ‘series’ to the criteria narrows the field even more.
I trust this is just temporary myopia on my part; Asia includes umpteen countries from Afghanistan to Yemen, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Vietnam, etc., so I continue to search.