What books within novels do you most want to read? Don’t you forget about Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and A Simple Plan by Scott Smith.
In a New York Times Op-ed, Dr. Oliver Sacks wrote beautifully and poignantly about his terminal cancer diagnosis. It is an extremely touching piece that everyone should read. Dr. Sacks’s memoir, On the Move, will be published April 28.
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Fictional Books in Fiction Books (08:58)
Over at our Goodreads group, Keith asked which fictional books – books within other books – we would most like to read. We mention quite a few books that don’t really exist (and some that were eventually published in the real world), and then discuss which we’d most like to read ourselves.
- The Escapist comics from The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Some comic stories in the style of Kavalier and Clay were eventually published under the name The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist.
- The Doctor Eleven comics from Station Eleven
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, and The Monster Book of Monsters from the Harry Potter series.
- The science fiction novel The Blind Assassin, within Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin
- The various books containing clues in Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
- Novels written by Kilgore Trout, a fictional writer created by Kurt Vonnegut. There were actually a few Kilgore Trout books written by Philip Jose Farmer, including Venus on the Half-Shell
- The novels of Julian Carax featured in The Shadow of the Wind
- Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation in The Thirteenth Tale
- Various books in The Historian
- An Imperial Affliction in The Fault in Our Stars
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in the book of the same name.
What are some of your favorite fictional books? Which would you most like to read? Let us know in the comments below!
Don’t You Forget About Me (22:09)
Ann recommends Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, published way back in 2005. It’s set in a boarding school, and we know how Ann loves those. It’s very different from Ishiguro’s other books, and it’s very hard to describe without giving anything away. Ishiguro has a new book coming out soon and Ann will be telling you about that as soon as it’s out.
Scott Smith’s A Simple Plan is a propulsive page turner. This dark, and often disturbing, debut novel shows just how quickly an ordinary man can turn violent when money and family are on the line. Plus, it’s filled with lots of scenes in snow, and can’t we all use a little more snow these days? (no.)