Books Bought, Books Read: June 2011 Edition (So Far)


OK, decided to re-up a meme. The idea is pilfered from Nick Hornby’s wonderful book about the joys of reading and acquiring books The Pollysyllabic Spree.

Books Bought thru June 1–June 20, 2011

  • Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
  • Minority Report by Philip K. Dick
  • Embassytown by China Mieville
  • The City & The City by China Mieville
  • The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Halting State by Charles Stross

Books Read, June 1–June 20, 2011

  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick’s kind of become an obsession. Also trying to read and collect the SF Masterworks  (the photo link is not my collection, but I wish it was ) put out by Gollancz (Oh, by the way, I have a birthday coming up in July. Hint, hint).

Also, I’m not being a good Buddhist at all (not that I’ve ever declared myself a Buddhist officially), given I’ve skipped meditation a few times lately, have imbibed some intoxicating drinks in recent days, and find myself too deeply attached to reading and acquiring books to ever renounce this particular form of sweet suffering.

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2 thoughts on “Books Bought, Books Read: June 2011 Edition (So Far)

    • Hornby’s book is a testament to reading and the obsession with books and owning books. I’m lukewarm about Lethem, but will have to check out The Disappointment Artist to see what he says about PKD. I’ve been watching movies made from Dick’s stories and novels, and have loved A Scanner Darkly, Bladerunner, and Minority Report. The Schwarzenegger vehicle Total Recall is another that I probably won’t rewatch, though I loved it as a kid. But Dick really was a visionary. Sort of a Beat SF writer like Burroughs, but, at least so far, with less stream of consciousness than Burroughs.

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