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Bookworm 2014: Weird Histories

Every now and then, I get a hankering for a bit of écriture feminine of the fantastic variety, usually as counterpoint to a lot of “manly” reading about explosions and spaceships and boobs and whatnot. That is not to say that there aren’t women writing manly stuff and men writing womanly stuff – that is […]

Bookworm 2014: Rule Canadia

My passionate love affair with Peter Watts’ writing is well documented already, so it will come as no surprise when I say the long-awaited Echopraxia, a sequel to the mindblowing Blindsight, was absolutely amazing. Yes, the “mindblowing” bit is missing now, simply because when I came across Blindsight I hadn’t read anything like it before […]

Bookworm 2014: Realities Uncovered

Though much of my non-fiction reading this year was dedicated to books about pregnancy and babies, for yes, even us nerds sometimes manage to procreate, I did manage to slip in a few non-themed titles. John McWhorter’s Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue is a delightful analysis of some of the roots of modern English as we […]

Bookworm 2014: The Disasters

It may seem that Goodreads has pretty much made these types of “year in review” posts pointless. You can list the books read in any one year by any one user, open them in table view, sort them by date or by rating or whatever other method  you prefer, and see what their top five or […]

Bookworm 2013: Winners

Novels: David Benioff – City of Thieves Pro: gorgeous, gripping almost-true story of the adventures of two unlucky boys as they search for a carton of eggs during the siege of Stalingrad. Contra: no spaceships. Every book could use a spaceship or two.   Lucius Shepard – Life During Wartime Pro: beautiful prose recounting of an […]

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    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time
    Pilgermann
    The Ophiuchi Hotline
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
    Green Eyes
    Crackpot Palace: Stories
    Acceptance
    Echopraxia
    Jagannath
    The Fractal Prince
    The Fecund's Melancholy Daughter


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