The OF Blog: Hot ARCs

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Hot ARCs

Publishers Weekly is running a two-part series on the forecasted best new books due to be released in the coming months. Autumn is traditionally a time where booksellers are exposed to the hottest new wares out there, and here are a few books that PW thinks will be big hits with the readers:

Margaret Drabble, The Red Queen (Oct. 2004). Novel focuses on an Englishwoman who on the eve of a trip to Seoul, South Korea, receives a 200-year old manuscript written by a Korean princess. PW lauds her for her characterizations and writing style.

Donna Leon, Death in a Strange Country (Jan. 2005). Mystery story about an American soldier who drowns in Venice after being caught in a high-level conspiracy.

Cassandra King, The Same Sweet Girls (Jan. 2005). Story that explores the friendships that six young women have developed over the years and how they deal with one's bout with cancer.

Simon Singh, Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe (Jan. 2005). Lauded as being a great popularizer of science and an intrepid explorer of some of the more fascinating and baffling scientific mysteries, Singh tackles the Big Bang theory. PW notes that this book might do much good for readers of serious non-fiction who are tired of political books.


Anonymous said...

This is Gavroche. I can't really comment on the others, but about the Big Bang book, I would suggest some other science books in addition to that, for those with any interest.

The Universe In a Nutshell- Stephen Hawking
The Pleasure of Finding Things Out- Richard Feynman
The Future of Spacetime- Stephen Hawking, Kip Thorne, among others

Those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head, but those three books are quite excellent. Hawking's book goes over some of the more confusing areas of theoretical physics with amazing wit and clarity (such stuff as string theory, branes, black holes, etc). Feynman's book is a series of essays on a wide range of topics, from working on the first atomic bomb, to the future of computers. The Future of Spacetime is a book with 5 essays in it, each by a different theoretical physicist (I said two of them up there), about a range of topics, very good book.

So yeah. Anyone interested in science should check those out too.

Lsrry said...

Interesting. Thanks for replying and hope more of what Jake and I post here in the coming months will be of interest to you and others!

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