... in a handbasket (inahandbasket) wrote,
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Books I've read so far this year, or am reading. (Inspired by a number of people on LJ.)
Ringworld, -Larry Niven
- Always a good read, and so's the next one in the series.

A Good Old-fashioned Future, -Bruce Sterling
- Short stories, good but not up to his other writing for the most part.

Diamond Age, -Neal Stephenson
- A joy as always

Iron Council, -China Mieville
- Interesting read. I'd definitely suggest that people read Perdito Street Station before diving into this book. He doesn't explain the world much and just runs with the storyline. Reading Perdito would give you a much better idea of what's going on.

Learn to play Go -Janice Kim (3 Dan) & Jeong Soo-Hyun (9 Dan)
- Useful book.

Scatterbrain, -Larry Niven
- Shorts, too much introspective non-fiction.

Nemesis, -Isaac Asimov
- Good book even the 4th time through.

Two beer brewing books, which I won't go into detail on lest I bore you.

Cube Farm, -Bill Blunden
- Enh.

The recently rediscovered original version of Stranger in a Strange Land, which is almost half again as long as the well-known published version. (It was severely edited so that it would be more accessible to the sci-fi audience of the day.)
- It was good, but it's been so long since I read the other version that any major differences eluded me. It felt more full though, and it was really good to read it again.

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of The World, H. Murakami
- I happened across this book one day years ago (early to mid '90s) at a library book-sale in upstate new york. I bought it because it had a great title. Read it, kinda liked it, but it was pretty "out there" too. Years later, I meet Meg, and at some point this book comes up and I discover that Murakami is this huge author in Japan, and this book is some kind of underground classic of modern Japanese literature or something. I'm so hip I don't even have to think about it. Just happens naturally.

The Anubis Gates, Tim Powers
People kept telling me to pick up some Tim Powers, and I'm glad I finally did. Anubis Gates is a really good book, which takes ye olde time-traveling thing but does it really well. Good writing, solid plot, leaves you wanting more.

As She Climbed Across the Table, Jonathan Lethem
Great book, fairly quick read. I'm really liking most of Lethem's writing.

working on:
The System of the World, -Neal Stephenson
The Ground Beneath Her Feet, -Salman Rushdie
Glory Season, David Brin

Graphic Novels / Comic Trade-paperbacks:
Hellboy Origin Story, #1-5
Bone #1-5 (I have 7, need 6)

I feel like there's more, but I can't remember them. I'll have to check out the pile of read books on my desk at home.
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