3 Promising New Books

My birthday was on Saturday, so I have some new books!

My friends and family know enough to give me books on my birthday and for Christmas. Here is this year’s birthday’s book loot.

1.  The Prague Cemetery, Umberto Eco

It will be the first Umberto Eco book I read and I’m looking forward to it. The tone the cover sets and what I’ve read on the back make me think this book will be somewhat like Dan Simmons’ Drood, a dark and excellent book about the last five years of Charles Dickens’ life, as told by through the drug-haze point of view of Wilkie Collins. Drood also made me very curious about Charles Dickens and his fiction.

2. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities
After reading the above-mentioned Drood, I started reading Charles Dickens, and discovered what a genius he was. His books are fun, melodramatic and strange with odd and memorable characters and the very finest writing throughout. And having heard somewhere that A Tale of Two Cities was an influence for Christopher Nolan when creating the new Batman movies, I couldn’t resist. Oh… I exchanged Murakamis 1Q84 for this version of Tale of Two Cities and store credit… I just did not think 1Q84 was for me. Perhaps I’m wrong.

3. The Unlikely  Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Longlisted for this year’s Booker Prize (always an indicator of quality in my mind) and currently selling very well here in Iceland, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is the story about a man who goes to mail a postcard from southern England but decides to walk all the way to Scotland to deliver it personally. There is tragedy involved.