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  1. Heavy Words Lightly Thrown: The Reason Behind the Rhyme, Chris Roberts. An impulse purchase at B&N while waiting to meet Chris for dinner after the Jim Webb rally in November. It's billed as "the seamy and quirky stories behind favorite nursery rhymes". Very entertaining read, although I wish there'd been more than one page of references. For the Americans, this edition even has a handy glossary in the back to help translate English to American. =)
  2. A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Madeleine L'Engle. I found a hardback copy of this for 50 cents at the local library book sale, and figured that I'd pick it up to re-read it. The more I read though, the more I'm convinced that I never read this as a kid. *hangs head in shame* I find it hard to believe that I didn't, since I know I read A Wrinkle in Time, but I have no memory of this story at all.
  3. A Child's Book of True Crime, Chloe Hooper.
  4. Our Girl in Washington: A Kate Boothe Novel, Michele Mitchell. One of the reviews posted on Amazon calls this "the chick-lit version of Syriana"; I don't think it comes anywhere close to the level of "Syriana", frankly, but it's certainly entertaining enough. Plausible? Eh, I don't think so. I like Kate though, I'll probably hunt down "The Latest Bombshell" (the previous novel) at some point.
  5. Irresistible Forces, Catherine Asaro (editor). I didn't expect to see Catherine Asaro and Lois McMaster Bujold filed in "romance", but that's where this was. It's an anthology of romantic science fiction and fantasy ("speculative romance", Asaro calls it in the introduction). I kinda like that sort of thing, but you'll want to avoid it if you can't stand to get romance in your science fiction or vice versa.
  6. Tangled Up In Blue, Joan Vinge. This is set during the time of The Snow Queen, towards the end of Arienrhod's reign, and features BZ Gundhalinu. You can read it as a stand-alone story, although a lot of things that are mentioned in passing will make more (any) sense if you are familiar with the universe already. It was a quick read and I enjoyed it as I have all the other books by Vinge that I've read, but I though The Snow Queen was much more rewarding in terms of character development. It felt short, but maybe that was because there weren't as many subplots to keep track of.
  7. Love Kills, Ed Gorman (editor). I was reading the next-to-last story when midnight hit on New Year's Eve, but I'm still going to count this as a 2006 book since I was almost done. An anthology of stories about the ways in which love can kill, literally or figuratively. There are stories from Lawrence Block, Ruth Rendell, Donald Westlake, and 28 others. Not terribly cheerful ("Pretty Eyes" by Evan Hunter was particularly depressing I thought), but hopefully you'd not be expecting otherwise just based on the title alone.

Seventy-five for the year, not too bad. Not nearly as much as I used to read before the advent of the Intarwebs, but much better than my count of 45 for last year.
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  1. The Constant Princess, Philippa Gregory. A sympathetic (fictional) portrayal of Catalina of Aragon and her transformation into Queen Katherine, Henry VIII's first wife. I read this in an evening, I loved the character and couldn't put the book down, although the ending obviously was already known.

  2. The Naming of the Dead, Ian Rankin. I totally fangirled this and ordered it from in October rather than waiting for it to come out here in April. It's not my favorite of the Rebus novels though, I thought it was kind of "eh". Lots of focus on Siobhan this time around.

  3. The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2005, Jonathan Weiner. An anthology of selected pieces from various publications in 2004. There were several very interesting (Cliff Stoll's "The Curious History of the First Pocket Calculator" about the inventor of the Curta calculator) and thought-provoking (Malcolm Gladwell's piece from The New Yorker on the usefulness (or not) of personality tests) pieces. There's a piece on Bill Stone in Wired that is not my favorite article in the collection, but I wasn't actually familiar with the guy and was amused to find that he lives up the road a piece in Gaithersburg.

  4. Brooklyn Noir, Tim McLoughlin. Another excellent entry in Akashic Books' Noir series. Maggie Estep's name in particular caught my eye. If you like the genre, definitely go pick up this one or one of the other volumes in the series.

  5. The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories, Susanna Clarke. I still haven't slogged all the way through Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (I just got the physical book, since listening to the audiobook wasn't going as consistently as I might've hoped), but this was a quick, entertaining read set in the same magic-filled England. Illustrations by Charles Vess. *swoon*

  6. Pirates of the Caribbean Visual Guide. Mmm, pirates. Pretty pictures from "Dead Man's Chest", with close-ups of some of the costumes.

  7. March of the Penguins. Still haven't seen the movie, although the pictures in the book are adorable.

  8. Last Stand: America's Virgin Lands. Pretty pictures, with text by Barbara Kingsolver

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Placeholder "recent reading" post, in no particular order other than "oh yeah, and that one".

  1. Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things
  2. Ian Rankin, Black and Blue
  3. John Crawford, The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell: An Accidental Soldier's Account of the War in Iraq
  4. Alex Garland, Coma
  5. Nancy Holder/Nancy Kilpatrick (editors), Outsiders
  6. Jasper Fforde, The Well of Lost Plots
  7. Phil & Kaja Foglio, Girl Genius Book Five: Agatha Heterodyne and the Clockwork Princess
  8. Martin Cruz Smith, Havana Bay
  9. Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves
  10. Ian MacLeod, The Light Ages
  11. Laurell K. Hamilton, Danse Macabre
  12. Alan Moore & Melinda Gebbie, Lost Girls
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Hello insomnia my old friend...

At least I finished a few books in the last 36 hours:

  1. Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival, Anderson Cooper. Navel-gazing from my favorite reporter.

  2. Right as Rain, George Pelecanos.

  3. Hell to Pay, George Pelecanos.

In the Pelecanos books, I chuckled a bit to see the Quarry House make the occasional cameo appearance. I also smirked a bit at the offhand reference to the Royal Palace -- unnamed in the book, but unmistakable to anyone who knows the area -- although that's amusing for a totally different reason. (I'll take "literary references to dives I've been to and enjoyed" for $200 please, Alex.)

Okay, time to try (again) to get some sleep before the sun comes up enough that I have no hope of it at all.
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Writing these down now before I forget (again), because I've already had to go stare at my bookshelf to try and figure out which book it was that ought to go on here but I couldn't remember.

  1. Kushiel's Scion, Jacqueline Cary. First book in a new trilogy set in the same world as the previous three. Phèdre and Joscelin appear in this book, but the main character is their adopted son Imriel, son of Melisande. If you liked the others, you'll probably like this as well; it's not exactly more of the same, but it's certainly more of the similar. ;)

  2. The Stuffed Owl: An Anthology of Bad Verse, D.B. Wyndham Lewis and Charles Lee. Truth in advertisting! There is much bad verse here, although as the editors point out, it's "good Bad Verse" rather than bad Bad Verse. Frequently more entertaining than the selections published here are the editorial introductions for the authors and the index, where you can look up such topics as "Goats, Welsh, their agility envied by the botanist" (page 82) or "German place names, the poet does his best with" (54) or "Fire, wetness not an attribute of" (28).

  3. Don't Tell Me the Truth About Love, Dan Rhodes.

  4. The Dead Yard, Adrian McKinty. Sequel to Dead I Well May Be, which, frankly, I enjoyed more. Michael Forsythe's on vacation on Tenerife when he's caught up in the aftermath of a soccer riot; in order to avoid a jail term and extradition back to Mexico, he's forced by a British intelligence agent to infiltrate an Irish terrorist cell based outside Boston. I like the charactera lot, but I don't think this book was quite as engrossing to me as his original appearance.

  5. The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, Gordon Dahlquist. One of the reviews labelled it "a mishmash of Sherlock Holmes, Jane Eyre and Eyes Wide Shut", which I suppose I can see (although one could wish the reviewer had gotten a character's name right in the review). At least 100 pages too long, I think. The action picks up considerably in the last part of the book, but what with all the characters to keep up with and the same events recounted from the points of view of each of Miss Temple, Doctor Svenson and Chang (until everything converges again for the final scenes), I found myself wondering "wait, what just happened here?" more than I'd have liked. Alchemy, science, romance, sex, politics, murder, sh*t gettin' blowed up (although not as much of that as of the others, in all honesty)...all in all, not a bad way to spend four or five evenings. There's an excerpt posted at Powell's for the curious.

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How to make sure you end up sneaking a power nap in your office at some point during the day: get four hours of sleep the night before, wake up to a dark, cool, and rainy day, and then put on the new Current 93 CD. That last is of course a fabulous way to ensure really f'ed up dreams as well. Heh.

Before I forget again, the recent reading:

  1. Book of Longing, Leonard Cohen. A new collection of poetry, some of which appears as lyrics on "Ten New Songs", "Dear Heather" and "Blue Alert", and original illustrations. A nice addition to my recent Cohen addiction.

    I love this quote from an interview in The NewsHour's poetry series:
    LEONARD COHEN: You know, you scribble away for one reason or another. You're touched by something that you read. You want to number yourself among these illustrious spirits for one advantage or another, some social, some spiritual.

    It's just ambition that tricks you into the enterprise, and then you discover whether you have any actual aptitude for it or not. I always thought of myself as a competent, minor poet. I know who I'm up against.

    JEFFREY BROWN: You know who you're up against?

    LEONARD COHEN: Yes, you're up against Dante, and Shakespeare, Isaiah, King David, Homer, you know. So I've always thought that I, you know, do my job OK.

  2. Kushiel's Avatar, Jacqueline Carey. The conclusion to this trilogy, in which Phèdre takes on not just one but two impossible-seeming tasks: first she must rescue Melisande's son, Imriel, who's been kidnapped and sold into slavery to a sadistic king who intends to use the boy as a sacrifice to his dark god, then she must learn the Name of God  and use it to free her old friend Hyacinthe, bound as the Master of the Straits. A satisfying ending to the series while leaving enough open to allow for future books in the same setting. Like, say, Kushiel's Scion, the first book in a new trilogy (which I just snagged from the library and am now reading).

  3. Notes from a Small Island, Bill Bryson. After living in England for 20 years, Bryson decided to take a seven-week farewell tour around Great Britain before returning to the US and treats us to a fond and irreverent look at his adopted home.

  4. A Feast for Crows, George R.R. Martin. Half a book, and it feels it. Damn, now I'm caught up and have to wait for the next one along with everyone else.

  5. All Dressed in White: The Irresistible Rise of the American Wedding, Carol Wallace. An examination of the last 150 years of wedding traditions and how the over-the-top "princess for a day" white wedding came to be the norm.

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  1. The Italian Secretary: A Further Adventure of Sherlock Holmes, Caleb Carr. Caleb Carr writing Sherlock Holmes? How could I resist? Holmes and Watson head to Holyroodhouse at the request of Holmes' brother Mycroft to investigate a pair of mysterious deaths which may be related to recent attempts on the life of Queen Victoria, but also bear similarities to the murder of David Rizzio which took place there centuries before. The novel grew out of a short story Carr was writing for an anthology of Holmes stories dealing with the supernatural (The Ghosts in Baker Street). It felt a bit rushed towards the end, but I found it an enjoyable and quick read. [ profile] crouchback, have you read it yet?

  2. Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut, Mike Mullane. Oh, lord. This book will in short order disabuse the reader of any ideas they might've had about American astronauts being anything other than human. XD Mullane writes with highly entertaining candor about his experiences as part of the first group of shuttle astronaut candidates selected in 1978, a group that included Judy Resnick, Dick Scobee, Ellison Onizuka, Ronald McNair and Sally Ride (who he claims would hardly speak to him for the better part of a decade, considering him a sexist jerk -- which is something that in hindsight he admits more than once to being). His candor also extends to recounting what it was like working in the Astronaut Office at the time and the prevailing fear of speaking up because it might jeopardize your chance to fly. He tells a great story, but be prepared for a round or seven of TMI, starting with the first page of the book.

And now, off to watch "A Scanner Darkly". [Oops. I thought I posted this before we left, but apparently not. Speaking of books, this was reasonably faithful to the source.]
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More recent reading:

  1. Vampire Hunter D, Hideyuki Kikuchi. This would be the title I couldn't remember in my last reading post. I saw and enjoyed the anime long ago, and got the book for my birthday. The illustrations by Amano are lovely, of course, although I wouldn't object to there being more of them. I like the story, even though sometimes it's almost painful to read (whether that's the fault of the original or the translation, I don't know). Yes, D's very pretty. Got it already.

  2. Dead I Well May Be, Adrian McKinty. Oh man, I think I've got a new favorite author. I don't remember if this was something [ profile] claytonsghost recommended or if I stumbled upon it while wandering through Amazon, but when I saw it for $5 at Barnes & Noble I figured I'd cross one more item off my Amazon wish list. I loved it. It's dark, violent, and often very funny. I see there's another Michael Forsythe novel, I wonder if it's as good as this first one?

  3. A Scanner Darkly, Philip K. Dick. Mostly I wanted to read this before seeing Linklater's next Giant Rotoscope Extravaganza. I'm sure I'd have been better served by not reading with a picture of Keanu as Bob firmly lodged in my head. "Whoah." Did I like the book? Honestly, I'm not sure yet.

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  1. A Clash of Kings, George R. R. Martin

  2. A Storm of Swords, George R. R. Martin. Okay, I've got about a hundred pages left to go in this one, but I think it's close enough to count as finished when you're talking about an 1100 page book and you read 500 pages the night before. Sadly, I've only got one more book to go before I have to join the hordes waiting anxiously for the next installment to come out. Curse you, [ profile] quasigeostrophy and [ profile] kmusser. ;)

    One of the things I particularly like about this series is the way that many of the major characters get fleshed out in such a way that it seems few of them fit neatly into "hero" or "villain" boxes. Not that all of them get this treatment, of course, because there are roughly 4,030,127 characters that put in appearances of varying lengths and most of them don't get particularly well-developed. Okay though, for those of you who've read up through the latest book, here's a spoiler-filled question: Read more... ) The car salesman saw my copy of A Clash of Kings I was reading while waiting to give them a check and he voiced a similar complaint about character treatment, so it's not just me. ;)

    [Edit: There aren't (as of now) explicit spoilers in the comments, but there are some general hints as to plot points that you may want to avoid if you're rabid about not getting anything resembling spoilers.]

I know there's one more I've finished since the last book post, but it's not here with me and I can't remember what it was right now. Will update when I get home.
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Slowed down a bit again, unfortunately.

  1. Saturday, Ian McEwan. The story follows a London neurosurgeon through the course of a single day as it turns from routine to nightmarish, with 9/11 and the upcoming invasion of Iraq lurking in the background. I really thought I'd enjoy this more than I did, but it didn't quite grab me like I'd hoped. His prose is wonderful, but I found the confrontation towards the end of the book a bit silly, frankly. Unless you're conversant in the topic of neurosurgery, you might wish like I did that you had a medical dictionary handy in the first ten or fifteen pages.

  2. Wolves Eat Dogs, Martin Cruz Smith. More Renko is always a good thing, so far as I'm concerned. This time out, his investigation of a suicide leads him to Pripyat and Chernobyl. The Zone itself seemed as much a character in the story as any of the individuals and, truthfully, more interesting than some of them.

  3. The Winter Queen, Boris Akunin. Apparently Akunin is wildly popular in Russia, but has only fairly recently been translated and published here. This is the first of his Erast Fandorin novels. What's with me and reading about Russian detectives investigating suicides? Not an intentional theme, so far as I know. I really rather enjoyed this, and I see there are a few of the subsequent novels translated so far which will end up on my "to pick up" list.

  4. D.C. Noir, edited by George Pelecanos. An anthology of short stories set in and around DC. I found it refreshing to read stories set in DC that weren't political thrillers. A couple of stories set around Capitol Hill and K Street do involve lobbyists and Congressional aides, to be fair, but most of the stories take place elsewhere around the city. The publisher's got a series of noir anthologies, including London Noir, Twin Cities Noir, Baltimore Noir, Manhattan Noir (edited by Lawrence Block) and San Francisco Noir. If noir's your thing, check it out.

  5. She Captains, Joan Druett. In addition to the "pirate queens", there are chapters about officer's wives, women who dressed as men to take to the sea for various reasons, Lady Nelson and Lady Hamilton, Lady Franklin, and female shipowners as well. My biggest peeve about the book was how often a story ended with "nobody ever heard about her again". This was an overview, I didn't feel like I got a particularly deep understanding of any of the women she talks about.

  6. More Than This, Wil Wheaton. On his website a while back, Wil offered a limited edition chapbook of a couple of stories from his upcoming Do You Want Kids With That?, and I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy. It's only about 20 pages and a very quick read. Wil and his stepson Ryan seem to have frighteningly similar senses of humor -- I was laughing to the point of tears by the time I finished Ryan's foreward. The mullet: official hairstyle of '80s rock.

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One of the things I like most about travelling by myself is that I have a chance to hole up in the evenings in a giant bed in a hotel room with a pile of books. During my five-day trip to Orlando, I finished two books and was halfway through a third by the time I got home. Adding to the list of stuff I've read so far this year:

  1. Bangkok 8, John Burdett.

  2. The Geographer's Library, Jon Fasman.

  3. Scardown, Elizabeth Bear

  4. Worldwired, Elizabeth Bear

  5. Assassination Vacation, Sarah Vowell

Too tired at the moment to do much more than mark them here so I don't forget about them. Haven't decided yet what's up next from the unread pile, not sure whether I'll pick up some more fiction or start in on Head Rush Ajax. Probably I should make it the latter, since I have a bad habit of not ever reading tech books if I don't read them shortly after I get them.
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A few more of this year's books:

  1. A Dirty Job, Christopher Moore. For me, Christopher Moore is in roughly the same category as Terry Pratchett: I'll read it all, and it will be funny, and lots of it will be funny enough to read again. This one will probably go into that category, if for no other reason than The Great Big Book of Death and the use of hellhounds as babysitters. Plus, greatest cover image ever. Over the course of the story, I grew rather attached to the character of Charlie and developed a little crush on the sarcastic, black-clad Lily. It's still not beating out "Lamb" as my favorite, but it's certainly in the top three.

  2. Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker, Debbie Stoller. Disappointed. I didn't care all that much for most of the patterns (make sure to check the website for errata if you got the first edition), but my real disappointment was with the production of my copy: it's missing at least a pattern and a half where something like fifteen or twenty pages are repeated in place of other patterns. I have duplicates of the toy patterns and a couple others, but only the last page of one of the sock monkey patterns, which are the things I thought looked really cute. Does anyone have a not-screwed-up copy of the book who'd be willing to send me the missing patterns?

  3. Forty Signs of Rain, Kim Stanley Robinson. I confess I'm not entirely finished with this yet, but I should be in the next day or so. [Edit: Finished last night.] This is the first book of the newest trilogy (the second is Fifty Degrees Below) dealing with global warming. So far I'm not as engrossed by it as I was the Mars trilogy, but I like it far more than The Years of Rice and Salt. It's also kind of fun to be able to picture exactly where things are taking place, much of the action being set in Bethesda and the Ballston area. Of course, that can be a drawback; I was completely thrown out of the story for a good while by the following sentence talking about the character's morning commute from Bethesda to Ballston and her job at NSF: "She sat on a concrete bench that positioned her such that she could walk straight into the car that would let her out at Metro Center directly in the place closest to the escalators down to the Orange Line East." For those who're thinking "And...?", Ballston is quite a good distance west of Metro Center, not east. Also, in more than fifteen years I don't think I have ever heard it referred to as "Orange Line East", it's "Orange Line to New Carrollton". The fact that it grated so badly though I'm sure says far more about my own weirdnesses than it does anything else, because in the grand scheme of things it's utterly and completely unimportant. Still, enjoying the book so far and looking forward to reading the next one.

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Very quickly jotting down recent books, because I find myself forgetting what I've read since last time I made notes:

  1. Lord John and the Private Matter, Diana Gabaldon. One of the Outlander characters gets the lead in this mystery, the first book of a planned trilogy featuring Lord John Grey.

  2. Perdido Street Station, China Miéville. Good lord, did this take me forever to finish. It wasn't because it was overly long or overly complicated (it was neither, although there are plenty of storylines to keep up with), but because I wanted to make sure I didn't skim over any of his descriptions.

  3. Close Range: Wyoming Stories, Annie Proulx. I'd been wanting to read "Brokeback Mountain" again, so I picked this up rather than shelling out nearly the same amount for just the one story.

  4. Strangers in Paradise Pocket Book #4, Terry Moore. One day I'll catch up with the story, I'm sure. I'm guessing it'll be sometime right around May 2007 when it comes to an end.

  5. Coyote Blue, Christopher Moore. Christopher Moore and Coyote seems like it should be an inspired combination, but this doesn't come close to topping "Lamb" as my favorite of his books. Given that one of the characters in this one (Minty Fresh) reappears in the new book, A Dirty Job, I think it was accidentally good timing on my part to pick this up when I did.

  6. I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away, Bill Bryson. This is a collection of columns for Night & Day magazine on readjusting to life in the US in general and Hanover, NH in particular. Some are screamingly funny while others, like the one lamenting the death of Main Street, address more serious topics.

I also caught up with "The Book of Lost Souls" and picked up the first three issues of "Paris".

more books

Feb. 27th, 2006 10:51 am
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Since my last books post (actually, most of this was over the course of the last weekend), I've added:

  1. The Rule of Four, Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason. All the reviews compared it to The Da Vinci Code, and I guess in some sense it is sort of like Mr. Brown's book -- except for being much better written. Mmm, geeky mysteries.

  2. V for Vendetta, Alan Moore and David Lloyd. Of course I had to finally get around to reading this so I could see what they manage to do with the movie.

  3. Kushiel's Chosen, Jacqueline Carey. Mmm, political intrigue, pirates and kinky sex.

Plus, on the comic book front there was the third issue of "The Book of Lost Souls" (number five is out as of last week, must remember to go get it) and up through "Neverwhere" #6.

And that puts me back on track, mostly, for getting to at least 50 books this year.
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The theme so far seems to be "comic mystery/fantasy-type stuff".

  1. Anonymous Rex Eric Garcia. The adventures of Vincent Rubio, L.A.-based private detective, basil addict, and velociraptor. In this series, dinosaurs never went completely extinct and are now living among us in a parallel society and disguised in latex human costumes. Vincent's partner has died in mysterious circumstances, and his determination to find out the truth leads to finding links between the deaths of his partner and several others and eventually to a dinosaur geneticist and his experiments in cross-species breeding. I thought this was really funny, and the idea of dinosaur detectives disguised as humans is pretty original. (At least I've never run across it before.)

  2. Casual Rex, Eric Garcia. Vincent's back in a prequel to Anonymous Rex. This time he and his partner Ernie investigate the Progressives, a cult who want to reclaim their dinosaur heritage, free of their human disguises. Ernie's ex-brother-in-law has joined the cult, and Ernie's ex-wife asks Vincent and Ernie to kidnap him so he can be deprogrammed. Unfortunately, former cult members have a tendency to turn up dead, and finding Rupert is just the beginning of the story.

  3. Hot and Sweaty Rex, Eric Garcia. In this third installment, Vincent gets caught up in the middle of a mob war between two dino mafia families, one of which he's been manipulated into working for, the other one headed up by his childhood best friend. Awkward. ;)

  4. The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse, Robert Rankin. Someone's killing off all the old nursery rhyme characters, and in the absence of Toy Town's detective Bill Winkie, it's left to Eddie Bear and his new bestest (and often clueless) friend Jack to track down the killer. Hysterical. A++++, would read again.

  5. Lost in a Good Book, Jasper Fforde. The second Thursday Next novel, after The Eyre Affair. In this one, everyone's favorite literary detective has to deal with the effects of her fame and SpecOps PR, the fact that Goliath has eradicated her husband with the assistance of a member of the ChronoGuard as a way to force her to retrieve the character she stranded in "The Raven" in the previous book, several near-death-by-coincidence experiences, and the fact that she has to figure out how to save the world before it turns to fluffy pink goo. At the same time, she's training as a Prose Resource Operative for Jurisfiction as an apprentice to Miss Havisham. I enjoyed The Eyre Affair much more than this one, although it's certainly got its moments (and plenty of them). I think it's mostly the "clever" naming convention that wore on me, like agents Phodder and Kannon and their successors Walken and Dedmen for instance. As with the previous book, I think it helps to have a good background in English lit to really get the most enjoyment out of it. (My own is spotty at best.) And I want a dodo of my own even more now. Plock.


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