THE RISE & FALL OF GREAT POWERS by Tom Rachman | Kirkus.
Silent History This is not just a book — audio and pictures as well. I have only just downloaded it, so am still exploring. It is a medical thriller / science fiction story that takes place thirty or so years in the future, and documents a growing number of young children who are born starting around 2011 and grow up never speaking. Looks good so far.
For the overcrowded-as-it-is reading list: The Fault in Our Stars, John Green The Yellow Birds, Kevin Powers It seems my first instinct when I notice that I have too much to read is to add more to the load.
Yes, I am reading it again: Infinite Jest. There are so many people and things in it that the sheer density of stuff has enough mass to affect my intellectual gravity field. There are also so many favorite quotes that I’m planning on wearing out one whole yellow pencil by the time that I reach the end of the book. Related articles Infinite Jest tour of Boston (kottke.org)
Currently vying for space in front of my eyes is 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. I hope, before I finish it, to know how to pronounce the title properly. I wish I knew Japanese… Moments after the butterfly left, Murakami came down the stairs and sat, quietly, at his dining-room table. I told him I had just seen the weirdest butterfly I had ever seen in my entire life. He took a drink from his plastic […]
Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran
But not too big of a lull. Last night, after a marathon not-quite-all-day bout of reading, I finished Robert Graves‘ I, Claudius. Not only did the action and characters in the book carry me along quite effortlessly, I was also refreshed by reading about a political climate that is even more poisonous (literally) than ours today — the one that existed two thousand years ago in Rome. Therefore, our political climate is not, in fact, […]