Reading: Blood's A Rover by James Ellroy
Man, I really loved American Tabloid, but am having a tough time with the other two. Ellroy is fun to read and I made it through The Cold Six Thousand just on the fumes from American Tabloid. Blood's A Rover is suffering from plotting. I'm 200 pages in and not even sure what these guys are trying to accomplish. At the moment, they're trying to infiltrate these weak-ass black power organizations and it just feels like super small stakes given the language and power of Ellroy's prose.
I'm having a hard time finding really good big novels. Started reading this Machado book Philosopher and Dog and it feels like it came from a different writer than the Alienist. Maybe it is a translator thing.