'Tis the Season for reading. Here's what some of us are looking forward to this weekend.
Adrian Liang - I’m not sure how much reading I’m going to get done between the holiday get-togethers and finally (finally!) learning how to play D&D, but I have my sights set on The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak. Set in the late 1980s, it throws together a boy on a quest to steal a copy of a Playboy magazine with the computer-coding girl who has access to it, and hijinks ensue. (There’s a Shih Tzu named Arnold Schwarzenegger involved as well.)
Jon Foro - You know how there are things you think you want to read, but when you actually read them, your are secretly disappointed because they're boring or maybe even unintelligible? For me, that's been the case with Norse mythology. There are plenty of great characters and bizarre tales full of gods and blood and hammers and monsters, but reading the sagas and Eddas makes you realize that these stories might lose something without the right storyteller, someone (in the days of yore, often a performer) who can inject stilted translations with tension, pace, and a bit of humanity. As modern interpreters, Tolkien and Lewis had their hands in it, especially with the Arthurian stuff, and now Neil Gaiman gives it whack with Norse Mythology (February), a surprisingly slim volume that arranges the legends in a "novelistic arc," from the creation of the nine worlds and the gods to their end in Ragnarok. It won't be the whole picture, of course, but with a little bit of context, the original sources might be a bit less daunting.
Chris Schluep - I've actually been reading Paul Auster's 4 2 3 1: A Novel for about a month, but this could be the weekend when I finish it. I wasn't sure to add the "A Novel" part, but it is a novel--and a great one at that. Also a long one.
I'm also reading Lincoln in the Bardo, which took me a while to warm up to. But I've loved Saunders in the past, so I stuck it out with this strange and strangely intimate book, and now I'm enjoying it.
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