If you think I'm going to talk about Calvin and Hobbes... you're kinda right.
Hitler and the Axis powers have won. Years later they celebrate with an annual motorcycle race from Germania to Tokyo. But this year is different. The previous year's winner, Adele Wolfe, is racing or is she? She looks like Adele Wolfe and sounds like her, but Yael is not Adele.
How do you decide what to read? Let me introduce you to an old-school but excellent technique—using books to discover books.
The biennial Man Booker International Prize is awarded to a living author who has published fiction originally in English, or whose work is “generally”, but not always, available in translation in English. The award recognizes one author for his or her overall achievement in writing fiction on the world stage. The 2015 finalists were announced today, and include authors who come from 10 different countries. The 2015 Man Booker International Prize winner will be announced at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on 19 May.
The Impossibly, by Laird Hunt, is a spy story. Sort of.
The Urbana Free Library now has one of the funniest books I've read in, well, ever: The Truth Spinner by Rhys Hughes. Each of these stories is (more or less) about Castor Jenkins, Welsh raconteur and teller of tales tall and of all heights, whose adventures strain the limits of time, space, believability, genre, and the printed page.
Fall is my favorite time of year, and the cool weather and early evenings make it an ideal time to curl with a good book. Lucky for me, fall is also the time of year publishers tend to release many of their eagerly anticipated new books. Recently I read two new fiction releases that were particularly impressive.