All the Time in the World

My taste in reading material is wide and varied: SF/fantasy/"speculative fiction", mysteries (police procedurals, mostly), history, fanfic, straight fiction, smutty vampire books, biographies, poetry, cereal boxes, assembly instructions, the fine print, and your mind.

The Book of Air and Shadows

The Book of Air and Shadows - Michael Gruber Upon reading the first 50 pages or so: Can't decide how to categorize this. It's about an intellectual property attorney who gets caught up in intrigue related to a possible undiscovered Shakespeare manuscript.

Now that I'm finished: Holy smoke, what an awesome read. Found myself sitting at a diner this a.m., well after I finished my breakfast, keeping an eye on whether there were still empty tables or whether I'd soon be getting the hairy eyeball from the waitress if I continued to occupy my booth. I HAD TO FINISH those last 40-50 pages!

As I've said elsewhere, I love books about books, and this is a dilly. However: in addition to the mystery about the possible discovery of a previously unknown Shakespeare play, Gruber also delves into the mysteries of the human heart: the stories we grow up believing about our family, our history, and ourselves; the stories we tell ourselves about the choices we've made, and how we ended up who we are; the faces we wear, different ones for different audiences; our willingness to forgive anything in the beloved, even in the face of strong (even indisputable) evidence to the contrary. Really, really well done.

I really need to look into this guy's other books.