I can't remember when we last posted about books, but some of my recent reads:
John Crowley - Ka. A sort-of-fantasy novel about a crow, sitting somewhere between Watership Down, The Dark Is Rising, Lincoln In The Bardo, and Kafka. Maybe a little overlong but pretty compelling throughout, with plenty of surprising turns and resonances. I think this is the best of the four Crowleys I've read or tried to read, edging out Little, Big.
Lavie Tidhar - Unholy Land. Alternate history in which a Jewish state is established in Eastern Africa in I think the late 1800s, with some film noir vibes. But then it gets weirder. This didn't all fit together perfectly, and it's not as striking as his Adolf-Hitler-as-hardboiled-detective novel A Man Lies Dreaming, but it was still enjoyable.
Aravind Adiga - Selection Day. A novel about cricket in Mumbai. Meh. Adiga won the Booker for White Tiger, which I read and remember very little about - this one was okay, but didn't leave me thinking I was likely to read any more by him.
Barbara Neely - Blanche on the Lam/Blanche Among the Talented Tenth. Detective novel series about a black maid. The mysteries aren't the most compelling but the character and setting work is strong and they're pretty thoughtful about race, class, and gender issues without being overbearing.
Jean-Patrick Manchette - No Room at the Morgue,
Richard Stark - The Hunter. A couple of retro hardboiled novels. Both were okay.
Tana French - The Likeness. Detective novel with an interesting premise, some good character work, too long. Still better than its predecessor in this series. I won't read more of her.
George Bernard Shaw - Heartbreak House, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Caesar And Cleopatra. The first, a reread, held up well; the second is moderately interesting but somewhat slight; the third was a waste of time.
Tom Stoppard - Arcadia. Another play. I liked this one quite a lot.