Pollysyllabic Spree End of Year update

New Year’ Eve 2011 update of Books Bought, Books Read (with commentary as warranted):

Books bought since Oct. 1, 2011:

  • The Edge of Reason by Melinda Snodgrass (An excellent, fast-paced urban fantasy novel featuring a battle between magic and reason.)
  • Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being by Andrew Weil, M.D. (Has a good exercise routine for us old farts.)
  • Wild Cards, Volume One, edited by George R.R. Martin (A collaborative novel-in-stories about alien viruses, a foppish alien, jokers—and maybe some smoker and midnight tokers—and reluctant superheroes know as Aces. Currently reading this novel. Interesting that SF and fantasy novelists, as well as other genre novelists seem to collaborate and create. Something not often seen with “literary” fiction.)
  • Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (Who wouldn’t want to be as cool, well-fed and well traveled as Bourdain?)
  • Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Metaphase by Vonda McIntyre (third in her Starfarers series)
  • The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Twenty-fifth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois
  • Year’s Best SF 9, edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer
  • The Edge of Ruin by Melinda Snodgrass (second in her Edge series)
  • Marsbound, Starbound and Earthbound by Joe Haldeman (a trilogy)
  • Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time by Jordan Rosenfeld
  • World-Building: A Writer’s guide to constructing star systems and life-supporting planets by Stephen L. Gillett
  • A Novel in a Year by Louise Doughty
  • Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain

In the SF Masterworks series:

  • Babel-17 by Samuel Delany (My first of Delany’s novels. A wild ride with hints of pre-cyberpunk. Also concerned with the nature of language, in this case a language that has to be understood in order to deal with a potential alien threat.)
  • Gateway by Frederik Pohl
  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (looking forward to reading this after reading the original short story)
  • Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick
  • The Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson
  • Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

Books Read:

  • The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman (Time keeps on slipping, slipping . . .)
  • Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being by Andrew Weil, M.D. (Has a good exercise routine for us old farts.)
  • The Edge of Reason by Melinda Snodgrass (An excellent, fast-paced urban fantasy novel featuring a battle between magic and reason.)
  • Babel-17 by Samuel Delany (My first of Delany’s novels. A wild ride with hints of pre-cyberpunk. Also concerned with the nature of language, in this case a language that has to be understood in order to deal with a potential alien threat.)

 

 

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