January 21, 2011

New to the Reading List: 21 January 2011

(Every week I add new titles to CCLaP's ever-growing "to-read" list, mostly through the free library monitoring service Wowbrary.com; and now thanks to a reader's suggestion, I share that list of new additions each week here at the blog as well, including brief descriptions of why I added them to my list. For the entire reading list including its hundreds and hundreds of titles, visit either CCLaP's Goodreads.com profile or its Amazon wish list.)

Here are the four new books I added to my to-read list this week, of the roughly 500 new titles the Chicago Public LIbrary added to its overall system...

The English Opium Eater: A Biography of Thomas De Quincey

The English Opium Eater: A Biography of Thomas De Quincey, by Robert Morrison

One of the things I've been pondering doing for awhile now through CCLaP is starting up an online book club for exploring more obscure Victorian novels, and one of the titles I've thought about adding is Confessions of an English Opium Eater by Thomas De Quincey; and now here's his first-ever full-length biography, which according to the dust jacket copy I think will help me better understand how this now obscure author fits into the grander scheme of all 19th-century literature.

How to Run the World

How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance, by Parag Khanna

Written by an esteemed and popular intellectual, and already in the top 7,000 bestsellers at Amazon in just its first week, this book posits that our chaotic modern age might very well eventually produce history's second great Renaissance, but only if we as a collective society help shift certain issues this way and that right now. Sounds fascinating; hope it lives up to the hype.

Mad Skills

Mad Skills, by Walter Greatshell

Science-fiction! About a hot young woman! Who undergoes an experimental neurological treatment that turns her bionic! Which turns out to be part of a secret government plan to create a race of super soldiers! How can I pass it up?

Under the Harrow

Under the Harrow, by Mark Dunn

A Victorian community, cut off from a plague-filled outside world, learn that they're in fact a far-future planned society, an idle experiment of the tech-savvy rich simply to see what would happen if a community was given only Charles Dickens and the Bible to build their laws and social values on; and faced with their imminent destruction, they stage a steampunkish action-filled scheme to overthrow their masters. Sounds bizarre and great; this shoots up immediately to the top of my interest list.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 8:06 AM, January 21, 2011. Filed under: Arts news | Literature |