I wanted to do another quick book bento on the books I've read recently. A lot of stuff came out in May! Let's lightning bento:
Love Fortunes and Other Disasters
by Kimberly Karalius
Swoon Reads, 2015
Set in a cookie tin-like tourist town, the lovably uptight Fallon decides to join a rebellion against the 100% accurate love fortunes issued by the local monopoly. Karalius writes like no one is watching—that is to say, her style is the literary mash-up of a sugary pop star and Tim Burton. This debut is more reigned in than her online work, but very charming. Looking forward to watching Macmillan cut her loose. Buy it.
An Ember in the Ashes
by Sabaa Tahir
Tahir's debut plays out in a fantasy version of Ancient Rome, where warrior's masks merge with their faces and a girl volunteers to be a slave for a ruthless commander in the hopes of freeing her brother. I chugged this book. The mage-like Augurs are a little too deus ex machina for my tastes, but nothing is stopping this runaway train of a success. Library.
Look Who's Back
by Timur Vernes
Oh. My. Fuhrer. Hitler wakes up in modern Berlin and goes on to become an Internet/political sensation. It's satire. It's about media and how we can be controlled. It's hilarious and terrible and it's more about us than it is about Hitler. Although, Hitler is uncomfortably charming and hilarious too. Yes. Oh yes.
The Late Poems of Wang An-Shih
translated by David Hinton
New Direction, 2015
Hinton isn't just translating an incredibly beautiful and difficult text. He's a poet. Buy the book, and when you need a moment to escape, read one of the many short poems to yourself. Breathe. You're welcome.
...and the countryside startles into sandstorm
as confusions of willow treetops break apart.
How can river and lake be inside these eyes?
Last night I dreamed wild billows and swells.
The Invention of News
by Andrew Pettegree
Pettegree investigates the history of news: who reported information, who controlled it, and how. This long book tells of the journeys taken by printers, merchants, and newspapermen starting in the Middle Ages. It's one of those books you should read. You'll be much smarter for it, not because of the specific printers or newsmen, but because you'll understand how information has moved. Not easy, but worth the time. Library.
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