I’m a sucker for time travel books, as well as classic sci-fi. So this reprint of a nineteenth-century Spanish book about “chrononauts” in a flying time machine lands squarely in my wheelhouse. Dirda sees more value in the book as a curiosity than as skillful work of literature, but I think I’m the sort of reader that’s a little more forgiving when “info-dumps abound.” Stick this one on my to-read list.
Because I’m a masochist, I’ve decided to go back to school (again), and as a result my leisure time and choice of reading material has been cut drastically as of late. So I’m in the market for a good collection of short stories that I can nibble at when I have some precious free time between textbook chapters. Battleborn looks like it might have just the sort of meaty short stories I’m looking for. To be honest, the review isn’t all that well done, but the survey she gives of the book piques my interest all the same.
Here’s a book I really wish I had time for, but will have to put on the backburner. A “layman’s map of the known universe” is exactly the kind of subject I like to read about, or to watch endless episodes of on Netflix, when I’m in the mood for some smarty-pants entertainment. This book sounds both engrossing and informed; Taylor practically gushes. I’m definitely picking this one up, and saving it for my next vacation.