Am I Suffering from Author Malaise?
I’ve raved about one of my favorite authors, Bill Bryson, in no fewer than three posts here at BL&S. Bryson writes humorous nonfiction and makes it look effortless. He’s written about his travels, his childhood, and recently, some epic books about the world and things in it.
Until recently, in my eyes, Bill could do no wrong. I tirelessly crusaded to get my friends (and a few strangers) to read his books and no matter how often I reread A Walk in the Woods or any of his other gems, I always laugh. I even managed to enjoy A Short History of Nearly Everything–a 560 page odyssey about the dawn of our universe and everything beyond.
At the beginning of November, I learned from fellow blogger Jenners at Life With Books that Bryson had written a new book. Jenners raved about the book and gave At Home: A Short History of Private Life 4.5 stars. I immediately downloaded the book to my Kindle and jumped in.
It pains me to admit that I, an admitted Bryson-lover and adamant non-quitter of books, have not been able to finish this book. I managed to make my way through 31% of the book before flagging. I’ve revisited the book on a number of occasions, thinking I wasn’t in the right mindset the last time I tried, to no avail.
It is a most disconcerting feeling to struggle with a book penned by one of my favorite authors when I’ve frothed over all his other books. Maybe I’ll shelf it until 2011 and hope for the best.
Have you ever been down this road before? Did you just cut and run on the book and wait for the author to publish something new? Or could I possibly be suffering from the dreaded author malaise?