Half of the year has passed so here's a brief run down of some favorites...so far.
Favorite novel published in 2013: Low Down Death Right Easy by J David Osborne - As good as his prior novel was this one is even better. Lean, mean, and pared down to its essential (and dangerous) parts, LDDRE is marks the arrival of one to watch.
Favorite novel coming up in 2013: The Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell - I mean c'mon, it's Woodrell. Woodrell hasn't had a novel out in, what, years. The wait isn't so bad when the result is this good.A stunning first person narrative that would make a perfect reading double feature with Stephen Graham Jones' Growing Up Dead in Texas.
Favorite novel published prior to 2013: Kind of the Perverts by Steve Lowe - I've written about this one already but I'm still surprised at how much I liked this one, and how much I want to read it again.
Favorite album: Get Up! by Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite - By far this is my favorite album of the year. I've listened to it easily a couple of hundred times and continue to love it. Kick ass blues for the new millennium.
How about you? What are you reading and what have you liked?