If Only We Could Read Faster (for September 21)

If time and money were infinite, this is what we would buy and read.

  

 

Zombies vs Unicorns
edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
Oh, unicorns is fucked, y’all.
Actually, sadly, none of the stories in this collection deal with an actual throw-down between awesome zombies and stupid stupid unicorns. Instead what you get is a collection of short stories featuring various takes on the titular creatures, and then I guess… we be the judges? Of literary merit? I have to admit that given its YA slant (the authors are a real catch of that field’s big names, like Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld and Cassandra Clare) it sounds like unicorns FTW, what with their teen-friendly subtext of sexual anxiety and all.
>sigh< Fucking unicorns.

Half Empty
David Rakoff
This is the new collection of essays from ex-pat Canadian David Rakoff, who charmed me utterly with an appearance on The Daily Show while promoting his then-new book Don’t Get Too Comfortable. He’s a sharp, cynical, small doses kind of funny, who would undoubtedly have something pointed to say about the fact that that clip is not linkable from Canada!

Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World
Doug Saunders
A lot of us live in or near cities that have been around for hundreds of years, but for most of the world cities are new spaces, being created right now, as the last and largest part of the global population makes the move from rural to urban living. Saunders marries intimate anecdotes to big-picture social and economic analysis. For flavour, here’s his recent article in the Globe & Mail about the exploitation of teen girls.

The Adjustment
Scott Phillips
Scott Phillips wrote The Ice Harvest, which was turned into a movie that I really liked. It’s difficult for me to figure out how much of what I liked about the movie came from the book, how much from the filmmakers, and how much from Oliver Platt being awesome, but it’s enough to make me want to check out Phillips’ latest book, set in 1946, about an ex-supply sergeant/black marketer/pimp who gets embroiled in a bloody mess of boardroom politics, blackmail and serial murder.

Earth
by Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show
I like to read in the bathroom. Maybe you do, too. This is good for that.

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