Not much change this week. Recreational reading has been forced to take a backseat to completion of finals. What time I have squeezed out has been spent finishing up some of my current selections. If you haven’t picked up The Talisman from Stephen King and Peter Straub or Ghosts by Gaslight edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers, then what are you waiting for?
“Stephenson has a once-in-a-generation gift: he makes complex ideas clear, and he makes them funny, heartbreaking, and thrilling.” —Time
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anathem, Neal Stephenson is continually rocking the literary world with his brazen and brilliant fictional creations—whether he’s reimagining the past (The Baroque Cycle), inventing the future (Snow Crash), or both (Cryptonomicon). With Reamde, this visionary author whose mind-stretching fiction has been enthusiastically compared to the work of Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Kurt Vonnegut, and David Foster Wallace—not to mention William Gibson and Michael Crichton—once again blazes new ground with a high-stakes thriller that will enthrall his loyal audience, science and science fiction, and espionage fiction fans equally. The breathtaking tale of a wealthy tech entrepreneur caught in the very real crossfire of his own online fantasy war game, Reamde is a new high—and a new world—for the remarkable Neal Stephenson.
Seventeen all-new stories illuminate the steampunk world of fog and fear!
Modern masters of the supernatural weave their magic to revitalize the chilling Victorian and Edwardian ghostly tale: here are haunted houses, arcane inventions, spirits reaching across the centuries, ghosts in the machine, fateful revelations, gaslit streets scarcely keeping the dark at bay, and other twisted variations on the immortal classics that frighten us still.
I have just started Stephenson’s book and haven’t developed an opinion on it yet. It was recommended to me by one of my professors and is my first Neal Stephenson novel.
Ghosts by Gaslight continues to entertain. It is a collection of short stories, so I keep it handy for a quick read when there is not a lot of time to devote to reading something longer.
As always, give them a try and pick them up if haven’t already.