April 25th, 2006

books

the need to read

In this post, Nephele Tempest (agent at the Knight Agency) mentions books she's reading now, which includes Elizabeth Bear's Hammered! She also has Rob Thurman's Nightlife in her soon-to-be-read pile. Since those are both written by clients of mine, I hope she likes them. She invites people to mention books they've read recently and talks about the "need to read" and how much happier she is when she's got a book in hand. I agree with her about that, particularly after going through a period of a little over two years where I only read submissions and felt kind of burned out whenever I tried to turn to reading for pleasure. It was a bad scene and I'm so glad I got over it.

Anyway, recently I have read the following books for pleasure:

*Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest (loved it!)
*The Year of Our War by Steph Swainston (which I expected to like far more based on the cover quotes and the Campbell nomination)
*Iron Sunrise by Charlie Stross (which I enjoyed very much but not as much as Singularity Sky)
*Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem (which I just started last night)

I'm not sure what's on deck, though I read the first 9pp of Vellum by Hal Duncan when I stopped by Random House last week and almost got sucked into it right on the spot. I also scored a copy of Naomi Novik's His Majesty's Dragon. But those are just the two newest books I've added to the to-be-read pile (which is 3 floor to ceiling bookcases and an estimated 600 books of fiction and non-fiction).

And I'll borrow a bit more from Nephele and invite people to post here what they've read lately and whether they liked it or not....
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