A plethora of interesting new books showed up on my desk today. What should I read after Olympos (about three quarters of the way through now)?
- The Forever War by Dexter Filkins: Everyone I’ve spoken with who has read Filkin’s book has nothing but high praise. I’ve avoided reading most books about the Iraq war but this one seems like a must read.
- Everything but the Squeal: Eating the Whole Hog in Northern Spain by John Barlow: The author lives in Galicia and decides to drive around eating hog. Sounds like a winner to me. I’ve never read Barlow before but this is published by FSG so it has to be good, right?
- The Fires of Vesuvius by Mary Beard: I love her. She’s what I wish I could have become if I had stuck with my degree. She writes exciting prose, not the typical dry scholarly stuff that I had grown used to in school. This book explores Pompeii–what it was like before the volcano.
- Under Pressure: Cooking with Sous Vide by Thomas Keller: Yes, I’m the kind of cooking nerd who likes to read cookbooks. Will I ever tackle sous vide? Probably not, but at least I’ll know how.
- The Journey by H.G. Adler: I need to read more literature in translation and what better way to start than with with this lost masterpiece of Holocaust literature?
- Hyperion by Dan Simmons: Should I take a break from science fiction or continue on the Simmons path. I also have a galley of his upcoming book Drood, which explores the last years of Dickens.
I love my job.
I want the one about bloodsucking animals!
My initial vote is for, of course, the FSG bacon book. That said, Mr. Filkins gave an amazing talk and what little I’ve read so far is literary nonfiction at its finest.
Bacon? War? Bacon? War?
What’s a girl to do with such decisions?!
As yes, read both. Then Mary Beard. Then let us know what you think…
I’m reading “The Forever War” right now. Great stuff.
Read Hyperion and then The Fall of Hyperion. They / it (IIRC, Simmons conceived them as a single novel) are superb exceptions I cited to the frequent lack of literary merit I discuss in Science fiction, literature, and the haters.