If Only We Could Read Faster (for August 2)

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

  

Bed
David Whitehouse
Who hasn’t wanted to just stay in bed? Mal Ede goes to bed one day and stays there for twenty years, eventually becoming the world’s fattest man and a media sensation. Billed as a parable about modern life, media culture and family bonds, this British first novel has the kind of advance praise that’s so over-the-top it makes me leery, but a comparison to Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a striking cover design and a wonderfully engaging premise mean that I am inclined to check it out despite the fact that it is apparently wonderful.

Bet Me
Jennifer Crusie
I wasn’t kidding about liking Jennifer Crusie. This is the first manuscript she ever completed, although not her first published. A re-written version eventually saw the light of day in 2004, and this is a paperback reprinting of that edition with–in my opinion–a much better cover.

Zero History
William Gibson
Mark and I quibbled about this on the show, but it grew on Mark enough to make it onto his best of the year list, and here it is in paperback. Despite the danger of a windowed release schedule for a book that was only written five minutes into the future to begin with–can such a thing survive intact a whole year past its initial publication date?–I think ZH squares the circle by making itself in part an analysis of that exact problem. If I hadn’t already read it, I still would.

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