Holiday reading

Lindsey Davis - Ode To A Banker

The 12th (!) in the Roman detective series; good, but not as satisfying as previous episodes.

Liz Williams - Empire of Bones

Oh wow, this is a nice treat, a new, and original, SF author. This is a first contact tale, where a caste driven empire decides that an Untouchable in a future India is their preferred contact. Too complex to summarise, but very, very enjoyable. One to review later.

Jonathan Lethem - three titles

I remember Gun, With Occasional Music with fondness, but wondered if he'd stopped writing as he seems to have vanished from the SF shelves... Annoyingly, because he's good, Lethem is shelved under general fiction. I tore through his uneven collection The Wall of the Sky, the Wall of the Eye, but was most impressed by two of his novels, Girl in Landscape, and As She Climbed Across The Table. The former is a haunting Bradbury-meets-Nabokov tale, while the later is terribly sad story of your basic love triangle - man, woman, baby universe. By far and away some of the best writing I've read in a long time. See review later, as I feel I must stand on a chair and shout for attention, then demand that everyone run out and buy some of Lethem's work.

Anthony Bourdain - A Cook's Tour

Non-fiction; sequel to Kitchen Confidential. A chef, disillusioned with cooking under pressure and amazed by the success of his first book, decides to milk his fame and travel around the world in search of the perfect meal. I'm tempted to try his fiction, as he is as deft a writer as many better known authors.

Posted: Thu - July 10, 2003 at 12:37 AM