Layton Green’s Picks
What is on my nightstand? I just finished Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and it is still on my nightstand because I can’t bear to let it go. What a highly original novel. Really, this novel is genius, and anyone who loved the 80s, especially video games, pop music, obscure movie titles, or fantasy role playing games, should love this book. Yes, I realize I just dated myself. But the novel is also a moving story of love, friendship, and coming of age set against the dystopian backdrop of an all-too-plausible future.
On my immediate to-be-read pile are 1Q84 by Murakami (I am a huge Murakami fan), The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (I’ve heard great buzz on this fantasy series and am looking forward to starting it), The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky (something I’ve been meaning to read for forever), Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight (this looks like it is in the vein of Gone Girl and the sample chapter was great), and Sleepless by Charlie Huston (I think Charlie Huston is an amazing novelist, and his prose styling is unique and breathless).
On the nonfiction side, I am currently reading Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story. I’ve been reading it for over a year, both because it’s a lot to absorb, and because I want to draw it out. This has become perhaps my favorite nonfiction work of all time, and it is an incredible meditation on God and the universe and whatever came before the universe, and so on and so on. The author interviews a cadre of geniuses from various professions, including philosophers, theologians, astrophysicists, and even an author (John Updike). Everyone presents a different theory on the origin of being and it is fascinating.
In addition to writing, Layton Green attended law school in New Orleans and was a practicing attorney for the better part of a decade (even though he still resents having cut his hair for that first interview). He has also been an intern for the United Nations, an ESL teacher in Central America, a bartender in London, a seller of cheap knives on the streets of Brixton, a door-to-door phone book deliverer, and the list goes downhill from there.
He has traveled to more than fifty countries, lived in a number of them, and has a burning desire to see every country, city, beach, moor, castle, cemetery, twisted street and far flung dot on the map. Religion and cults, as well as all things spiritual and supernatural, have also been a lifelong interest. Combine the travel and the religion with fifteen years of Japanese Jujitsu training, and the Dominic Grey series was born.
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