Reality Hunger: A Manifesto(February): David Shields says that we have a thirst for reality (reality TV, Youtube etc.) because we have so little experience of it. Reality Hunger is his effort to connect reality and unreality in a seamless fashion through a collection of numbered entries. What does this mean? I haven't the slightest! It reminds me a bit of 8 X 10, the old 'I get the concept but how??' The Millions has a more detailed look. You will still be confused but in a more definite way.
The Infinities (February): A theoretical mathmetician prepares for death as his family gathers around him as well as a collection of deities. You heard me. Hermes (the Roman god of war) narrates and much trouble results, both from the antics of the immortals and the lowly humans.Can a book qualify as nerdy if its author is a Booker-winner?
Beatrice and Virgil (April): The author, Yann Martel (of The Life of Pi), is already comparing his latest to Orwell's Animal Farm. I'm not really surprised since this is the same guy who believes he has a personal connection to Stephen Harper. So far the similarities I'm seeing are A) animals and B) allegory. Shoot, you could be talking about Avatar here. I've never read Martel before so I'm not about to hate on this but I remain skeptical until I've read the thing.
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ(April): Author Philip Pullman, an atheist and damn well proud of it, has dialed up his rhetorical megaphone a notch and produced a new novel that is sure to make Anne Rice wet herself. Approximate plot: Jesus' life was a myth. Boom!
The Amazing Absorbing Boy(January): Rabindranath Maharaj is one of Random House Canada's new faces of fiction. Samuel, a comic book geek, leaves Trinidad at age 17 to move to Toronto to live with his father in Regent Park. He feels lost but he has his imaginary superheroes to guide him. The critical praise for this writer is intense.
Indoor Voice(April): Jillian Tamaki is best known (to me) as the illustrator behind the wonderful Skim. Long before that, though, she provided illustrations to the likes of The New Yorker. Indoor Voice is a collection of her work and is to include sketches, comics etc.
Four more nerdy/freaky choices to come this week!