This week’s specials include what at first glance might seem like a few strange paradoxes: adult magic schools, serious comic books, and electronic books.
This week’s $2 deal at Chop Suey Books is The Women of Brewster Place, seven stories featuring seven different women in an urban community. This deal ends on Wednesday, so if you live in the area, pick it up while you still have the chance.
New Literature: Les Grossman’s The Magicians, sort of an angstier Harry Potter for grown-ups, was mentioned this week in both the Odyssey Books Blog and the Newtonville Books Blog, where it was the pick of the week. Quentin Coldwater, a socially awkward high-school student infatuated with the Narnia-like fantasy world of Fillory, is accepted to a magical university, where he discovers that the land of his childhood dreams is somewhere he can actually visit.
Porter Square Books draws attention to two thought-provoking graphic novels:.Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli features architect who struggles to rebuild his life, and Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H. Papadimitriou’s Logicomix is a philosophical story that “tells the story of Bertrand Russell’s quest to find a universal language of logic”. Read their reviews here.
Other: As devices to make electronic reading easy on the go race to find ways to make it even easier, Amazon’s Kindle might be in a run for its money. A CNET article discusses some of the Kindle’s latest competition: the highly anticipated Apple Tablet (somewhere between an iPhone and a Macbook in “both price and functionality” – according to Apple) and a new iPhone application, CourseSmart, which makes it simple for students who are looking for a cheaper and lighter alternative to textbooks (via Powell’s Books Blog).
Fifteen financial books have made the longlist on the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year award. Considering the country’s economic situation, the choices are particularly relevant and informative this year (via Broadway Books).