Who’s reading what this summer? Episode 2 — Rod Lott

It’s part 2 of my ongo­ing series of sum­mer read­ing lists of the rich and powerf…I mean, the tal­ent­ed and the will­ing to respond to my emails.

Today’s list comes cour­tesy of Rod Lott. Rod is the edi­tor of Bookgasm.com, a book review site that…well, here’s how Rod puts it:

Hey, have you read the new Nora Roberts?
Are you a mem­ber of Oprah’s Book Club?
Do you enjoy sto­ries about the strug­gles of the dis­en­fran­chised in our soci­ety?
If you answered “no” to all those ques­tions, we’d like to wel­come you to BOOKGASM, the site ded­i­cat­ed to READING MATERIAL TO GET EXCITED ABOUT.
That includes all kinds of genre fic­tion, from hor­ror and sci-fi to mys­tery and sus­pense. It also includes graph­ic nov­els, trashy paper­backs, cheap mag­a­zines and oth­er things that much of Amer­i­ca pre­tends to be ashamed of, for no good rea­son.
At BOOKGASM, we cel­e­brate these escapist efforts, through dai­ly news, reviews, inter­views and oth­er things that don’t end in “-ews.” Think of it as a com­mu­ni­ty; we encour­age your posts via the com­ments sec­tion under each item.

Based in Okla­homa City, Rod Lott spends his days as the assis­tant edi­tor of Oklahoma’s largest alter­na­tive week­ly news­pa­per. In his “spare time,” he is the edi­tor of Hitch Mag­a­zine: The Jour­nal of Pop Cul­ture Absur­di­ty, and some of his humor essays have appeared in the antholo­gies 101 Damna­tions (St. Martin’s Press), More Mirth of a Nation (Harper­Collins) and May Con­tain Nuts (Harper­Collins). He also adapts clas­sic short sto­ries to com­ic book form for the ongo­ing Graph­ic Clas­sic series of graph­ic nov­els from Eure­ka Pub­lish­ing.

Rod’s a ter­rif­ic fel­la with great taste in books, and is a fear­less pro­mot­er of nov­els that some­times fly under the radar (hint, hint). Book­gasm should be placed on everyone’s Netvibes list imme­di­ate­ly.

And what is Rod plan­ning to read this sum­mer?

Here’s what I hope to get to this sum­mer (lim­it­ed to things actu­al­ly com­ing out between now and Aug. 31). You’ll be able to judge how much I accom­plish by see­ing how many pop up as reviews on Book­gasm:

Hit and Run by Lawrence Block
The Shad­ow of Reichen­back Falls by John R. King
Old Dev­il Moon by Christo­pher Fowler
Hal­loween and Oth­er Sea­sons by Al Sar­ran­to­nio
The X-Files: I Want to Believe by Max Allan Collins
Who Can Save Us Now? edit­ed by Owen King and John McNal­ly
The Mam­moth Book of Crime Comics edit­ed by Paul Gravett
The Dark­er Mask edit­ed by Gary Phillips and Christo­pher Cham­bers
The Sand­man Presents The Dead Boy Detec­tives by Ed Brubak­er
The Gar­goyle by Andrew David­son
Tiger­heart by Peter David
Just Do It by Dou­glas Brown
Curse of the Spell­mans by Lisa Lutz
Why You Should Read Kaf­ka Before You Waste Your Life by James Hawes
Rules of Decep­tion by Christo­pher Reich
The Sev­en Sins: The Tyrant Ascend­ing by Jon Land

That is a huge list. Rod’s a ded­i­cat­ed review­er, so I have no doubt he will get through the list expe­di­ent­ly.