I'm as eager to get my teeth into Umberto Eco's latest as so many others were to get into the latest Harry Potter.
Eco writes with what Jose Louis Borges calls both "algebra and fire" -- in love with learning and with language, Eco constructs his many-layered stories with the ingenuity of a crossword puzzle. A professor of semiotics in his day job, Eco does sometimes make me wonder if academics simply have too much time on their hands, but if all post-modernists were as witty and sharp as Eco, I could easily be seduced.
What a ride he takes the reader on. What a labyrinth. I can't wait to try and decode this one.