Weekend Reading

Erin Kodicek on September 22, 2017

LoreIn this edition, a few of us clearly have Halloween on the brain...

Jon Foro: Aaron Mahnke’s award-winning podcast, Lore, has gained a large following through its exploration of the real-life people, places, and things that spawn the Creeps: the vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and countless other bogeys bumping around in our sleepless nights. The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures collects the best stories from the podcast, adding off-kilter illustrations to create an ideal companion to the Halloween season, which I have no problem starting now, and may have already started. (Full disclosure: Lore is also being adapted into a series for Amazon Studios by the executive producers of The Walking Dead and The X-Files, set to premiere on October 13.)

Erin Kodicek: It's the first day of fall and I'm in the mood to (re)read something spooky and good. Sarah Waters's The Little Stranger immediately comes to mind. A decaying mansion, a suspicious suicide, a mild-mannered pup suddenly attacking a child…These are all the ingredients of a classic horror story, but this novel is anything but cliché. Are the strange happenings at Hundreds Hall a result of the supernatural, or a creeping and contagious madness? You'll be reading this one into the wee hours...with all the lights on.

Adrian Liang: My food-and-travel book club is reading Super Sushi Ramen Express by Michael Booth, a family’s three-month food odyssey across Japan. I’m about halfway through and enjoying Booth’s wide-eyed exploration of everything he encounters, from how to make dashi to sumo wrestler diets to MSG. Think of him as the Bill Bryson of food writing. I’m also midway through David Wong’s new “cosmic horror” novel, What the Hell Did I Just Read (October 3). It might be more apt to call the book “comic horror,” because I’ve found myself giggling at the over-the-top absurdity of a trio of monster-fighters in the Midwest who are pulled into a missing child case that is, of course, not what it seems at all. If you enjoyed Wong’s John Dies at the End or movies like Army of Darkness or Tucker and Dale vs Evil, then Wong’s writing will give your funny bone a workout.

Seira Wilson: I’m looking both backwards and forwards this weekend—finally getting to Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West, a finalist for the 2017 Man Booker prize and a book I’ve been hearing raves about for months. A novel of falling in love just as the country around you is going to war feels very timely and everyone who’s read it has remarked on the beauty of Hamid’s writing. I’m also going to read All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater, a novel about miracles—those who want them, those who can offer them, and what it takes to get one… 


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