I’ve started a couple of new books this month: Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger – one of the first books to deal with the carnage of the First World War – and, in contrast, Ingathering by Zenna Henderson, a collection of her short stories about The People.
I’d read about Storm of Steel a few times in the past but after reading John Keegan’s book The Face of Battle, in which it is referred to as one of ‘the war’s most deeply felt novels’ I thought now was as good a time as any to read it.
Ingathering is a slightly different matter. I have to confess that I had only heard of Zenna Henderson quite recently but what I have read about her and her work has spurred me to try it for myself.
Finally, I’ve been reacquainting myself with an old favourite, Fred Hoyle’s 1966 novel October The First Is Too Late, a wonderful science fiction novel about the fragility of time, doppelgangers and parallel worlds.