Amy Davies - December 4th, 2016
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and to celebrate Dan Vyleta, the author of Smoke, has shared the books he will be giving as Christmas presents this year with us.
Is it that time of year already? Well, here goes.
Friends who are craving a page-turner for the holidays and are unfazed by the “science fiction” genre tag will receive Ian McDonald’s Luna: New Moon: a kick-ass plot, a biting critique of corporate capitalism, and sly predictions about the future of our narcissistic culture’s sex life—the book has it all. The second volume of the trilogy is rumoured to hit the shelves soon.
My niece is going to get Sara Pennypacker’s novel about a little lost fox, Pax, because it’s lovely and scary and we all like a good cry. And so that her parents can nick the book while she isn’t looking and read it too, for a good story is indifferent to its readers’ age.
More firmly for adults is Maggie Nelson’s fiercely intelligent The Argonauts: the first sentence alone should light up dinner table conversation. I might wrap it together with one of the very handsome volumes of Charles M Schulz’s The
Complete Peanuts which offers similarly high-brow content, if by other means.
And to myself I shall present a half-forgotten U.S. classic, Robert Montgomery Bird’s Sheppard Lee, Written By Himself. A tale of wandering spirits and animated corpses in ante-bellum America—what’s not to like?
Keep your eyes peeled on the 13th December as we will be giving away a bumper bundle books, including Smoke!
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