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We’ve got some great suggestions for autum reading: books to raise hairs, soothe souls, revise harried summer minds, and warm chilly bellies. I’ve just voraciously consumed two wonderful novels: The Magicians and its just-released sequel The Magician King (Penguin USA) by Time magazine book critic Lev Grossman.
Grossman has created a remarkable cast of characters who journey from our reality to a land called Fillory. Quentin, our hero, is accepted to a college of magic that exists in upstate New York, where he and his friends learn all they need to know to become magicians. Fillory was just a wonderful place in Quentins favorite childhood books...but he soon discovers that it actually exists, and terrible evil has taken hold there. It is up to Quentin and his friends to use all their powers to save Fillory. These amazing books are for adult fans of Harry Potter...they’re creepy, scary, sexy, and oh-so-much fun.
Tom Perotta is one of the best writers of our current generation, and his new book, The Leftovers, is brilliant, funny, and daring. On October 14th, most of the citizens of Mappleton and the World inexplicably vanish. Was it the Rapture? The remaining people of Mappleton are trying to cope; Kevin Garvey, the new mayor, has to deal with the dissolution of his town and his family. How to cope with such craziness? such loss? Perotta is a master of human relationships, and once again has written an incredibly moving and poignant novel.
Culture geeks of all ages will be thrilled with Ernest Cline’s debut novel Ready Player One. Its title alone will excite readers of a certain age, conjuring days spent playing Pac-Man and listening to Pat Benatar. In the not-so-distant future, reality is ugly, and the OASIS is the place to be. Wade Watts, like millions of others, spends most of his days inside this virtual world, gaming and puzzling his way in search of a massive fortune, following clues base on its creator’s love of late 20th century pop culture. Ready Player One is a wild thrill-ride, fast-paced, and funny....a buoyant homage to nerd-dom.