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Bookworm 2012: Written for Us

Jo Walton took home a whole bunch of awards for Among Others, but she also took a lot of flak from critics opining that the book was, in fact, rather mediocre, but was purposefully written to win awards, aimed at the Hugo/Nebula voting crowd that grew up in the early con heydays. I would tend […]

Bookworm: Quirky Singletons

[flickr]photo:6606477865[/flickr]The selection of highly recommended stand-alone novels and non-research non-fiction that made me go “wow” this year boils down to a measly six books. I blame the people in the previous post for being so awesome, which is most certainly not to say that these fellows below are not. Although diversity is now mindlessly accepted […]

Bookworm: Midlist to Bottom

[flickr]photo:6593357233[/flickr] My awesome fucking car and lack of proper job are making me stupid. I remember a time when a book per week was the minimum.  Time for reading was distributed across three distinct slots: before sleep,  on the shitter and in public transport on the way to and from work, with the latter being […]

The Frankfurter Book Fairy

[flickr]photo:5079193442[/flickr] Having been shipped off to battle zee Germans with Zakk, courtesy of our very own Tardis, I can now safely say that they have one hell of an enormous book fair in Frankfurt. In comparison with the local equivalent, the size difference is similar to that of the two airports. But although the size […]

On Worthy Causes

[flickr]photo:4074151523[/flickr] Autumn arrived two days ago. Just as I was polishing off a sexy introduction about how we didn’t have a proper autumn in ages, mostly just caroming straight from the scorching blast of subtropical ultraviolet into knee-deep slush and slippery streets and the sheer poetry of it being announced not by the flip of […]