As I finish up the revisions on the Gilded Age book (more about that soon, I promise!), I’ve been doing my best to read outside of my comfort zone, to try new genres and authors– or, at least, books I wouldn’t have picked up on my own.
— Nick Harkaway’s Angelmaker, involving a very secret service, a mad princeling, a machine that could bring on the end of the world, and the son of a gangster trying to live an honorable life as a clockmaker– until he can’t. Something about it reminded me of Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age, although I can’t quite peg why.
— Simon Sylvestor’s The Visitors, set on a remote Scottish island (any other Shetland fans out there?), and told from the viewpoint of a teenage girl. It’s wonderfully atmospheric and eerie, as villagers begin disappearing and you have to wonder whether the newcomers to town have something to do with it. Or is there something supernatural at work?
What have you been reading this week?