Whether you get a kick out of Michel Faber’s deeply earnest and spiritual new novel, “The Book of Strange New Things,” might wholly depend on which side you’d come down in a bookish version of those pop-Christian bumper stickers: Know Jesus, know this novel/No Jesus, no this novel.
If you spent last weekend wandering anxiously through a dizzying maze of fake rooms filled with peculiar objects and doors to nowhere, you may have been at the Manor, the triple-skull-rated haunted house at Fright Fest, the annual Halloween extravaganza at Six Flags.
Or you might have been at Ikea.
In Gregory Sherl’s anxious, offbeat first novel, “The Future for Curious People,” scientists have figured out how to glimpse the future by processing sensory information and memory. Great, you say, get my bookie on the line! Not so fast. The FCC has stepped in to make sure people don’t “broadcast futures that would infringe on commerce,” so the only thing you’re allowed to see is how your relationships will look about 15 years down the road.