An occupational hazard of reading and writing about books is falling in love with new books that you then feel compelled to buy and clutch to your chest in rapture. Should I die tomorrow, I hope you’ll fashion my coffin out of the books left in my library after my friends have taken their share. And I hope I will have had time to acquire these, the latests objects of my desire.
The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide by Lauren Wilson and Kristian Bauthus
How fucking great, right? Apocalypse meets cookbook! Which means apocalypse meets the kind of cooking facts I’m interested in anyway, as a sort-of-off-gridder kind of person. All the reviews I’ve read so far have been enamoured, so this is sure to be the next cook book I buy. Discovered thanks to Nerdist.
Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
Discovered thanks to Larry Nolan at the OF Blog, the title of this book gave me immediate happy feelings through title association (the title is also the title of a lovely Iron & Wine album). Like the 2014 novel Above, Endless is about an abduction of a child by a survivalist and what being thrust into that situation and then eventually returned to civilization would be like. Sounds like something I will find emotionally difficult to read (not so into reading about child abduction since having a kid of my own), but an interesting discussion of a handful of things that do interest me.
Insects Are Just Like You and Me Except Some of Them Have Wings by Kuzhali Manickavel
It was the weirdness of this one that got me; as you know I don’t often go after short fiction anthologies. Check it: “A centipede in a shoe, revelations in a shoebox, nosebleeds, exploding women, and a dead mouse named Miraculous populate this collection of thirty-five short stories from one of India’s most original young writers.” And allegedly very funny. I’ll probably need some humor after reading Our Endless Numbered Days, too.
The Jewel-Hinged Jaw: Essays on Science Fiction by Samuel R. Delany
I’ve been in the mood for some lit crit lately, and I keep hearing stunning things about Delany’s nonfiction. He will probably be the next author whose back catalogue I attempt to read in full. What a writer.
About Writing by Samuel R. Delany
While I’m Delany worshiping, I’m dying to read this book too, for the same reasons.
Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life by Tom Robbins
Have I ever told you that Tom Robbins is one of my favorite writers? Probably not, as his writing doesn’t really fall into the SFF corral. But his cartwheeling, wonderful language just destroys me. In the joyful way. Still Life With Woodpecker and B Is For Beer are my current favorites. This is the last book of his left for me to complete his life works, and, sadly, so sadly, is probably the last book he will ever write as I hear he is rather old and rather sick. A glass to you, Mr. Robbins, hee hee!
Wizard of the Crow by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
I heard of this book thanks to Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy’s interview with Nnedi Okorafor, but I have to be honest—I no longer remember exactly what she said it was about, just the keywords: magic, awesome, and set in Africa. What I do remember very well is that Nnedi’s words convinced me, and I’m going to hold onto that and go for it. Nice cover too, eh?
Disability in Science Fiction: Representations of Technology as Cure edited by Kathryn Allan
Another book that has been on my to-read list for a long time, and another book that would scratch my current lit crit itch. Ableism is easy to overlook for the able-bodied and un-educated (that is to say, me, on this subject), and I imagine this book has a lot to teach me, an angle I might not have previously considered. That always gets me excited. Also, what a fascinating angle to examine our perceived relationship with technology! Only problem is, at 75 euros, it is rather expensive.
What books have you been coveting lately?