The semester is coming to an end. Josh and I are finishing up our last assignments and grading final papers. This week, we’re using this space to talk about the books we’re excited to dive into over the winter holiday. Review posts will continue as usual starting next week.
I’m a little over halfway through King’s newest novel, which follows high school English teacher Jake Epping’s journey through a time portal in a diner to attempt to stop the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The premise, admittedly, is a bit hokey, but the time travel conceit is really just a means to an end. The story is much more about our relationship with the past, with each other, and the fragile nature of time. King’s books have been hit or miss for the last couple of years (*cough* Under the Dome *cough*), but 11/22/63 has me hooked.
I stopped in the middle of Perdido Street Station to start 11/22/63, and I’m excited to get back to it. It’s a sprawling, enormous novel that takes place in a grotesque, surreal fantasy world called Bas Lag. New Crobuzon is a central city in this fantasy world (home of the eponymous Perdido Street Station), and it is populated by all manner of strange creatures, races and species all commingled together in a grimy, filthy city that is like Victorian England mixed with H.P. Lovecraft. It’s a strange, strange novel that I’m having a blast reading. Mieville’s narration is lucid and erudite, with a startling large (sometimes overly so) vocabulary and a crystal clear descriptive lens.
Josh and I are going to be doing a Harry Potter reread on the blog here. We’ve split up the books so that we’re each responsible for three, with both of us jointly tackling the final book. I’ve read the Harry Potter series a few times now, and it’s one series of books that, for a multitude of reasons, I can’t get out of of my head. I’m excited to dive back into this world.
What about all of you? What will you be reading?