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The Prisoner of Heaven

By Carlos Ruiz Zafon, A gothic adventure set in Barcelona

I thought I’d take a dive into my ever-expanding TBR backlog since I haven’t been particularly enthused by any new releases lately. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón has been high on my list for a while, given that The Shadow of the Wind has been one of my favorites for years. My …

              

The Tragedy of Arthur

By Arthur Phillips, A Tedious Read with a Deceptively Good Premise

Phillip’s tale is a faux-memoir, presented as an “introduction” to a newly uncovered work of Shakespeare’s, titled “The Tragedy of Arthur,” followed by a hundred pages or so which comprise the actual text of the play in question. The provenance of the fictional work, though, was that it had been given to Arthur Phillips (the …

                       

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

By Robin Sloan, An Ode to Nerds, RPGs and Book Lovers

Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is a nerdy dude’s ode to everything nerdy dudes love: technology, coding, tabletop RPGs, startup culture, smart people, boobs (not a typo), books, typefaces, and everything else in that vein, including the dorky guys that get the beautiful girls. It’s set in San Francisco, in an old-school bookstore with …

                             

The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them

By Elif Batuman, Something of An Acquired Taste and A Book Only A Russian Lit Scholar Would Write

The Possessed is author Elif Batuman’s recounting of her summer spent studying in Uzbekistan, mixed in with tales of her experiences as a Russian Literature grad student. I picked it up out of the respect I have for classic Russian Literature, which I have a soft spot for since it’s just so desperate and dramatic. …