April 2011

May 4, 2011

April was award-winners month in the reading log.

2010 Nebula Awards Showcase, edited by Bill Fawcett

Fellow Viable Paradise alumnus F.J. Bergmann gets a Rhysling in this one. W00t and congrats!

To Say Nothing of the Dog, by Connie Willis

One of those books where I figure out a few things early (which makes me feel smart) but don't completely figure out the whole  thing by the end (which keeps the author looking smart). Although (spoiler alert!) the cat has a more prominent role than the titular dog.

Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card

I occasionally try to "better" myself by reading a literary classic that I think I should read because it's a classic, and then wind up bored out of my gourd. It came to me recently that I'm reading the wrong kind of classic, and would have a better time by focusing on SFF classics instead. Et voilà! No longer bored! Why it took me four decades to figure this out is beyond me. I enjoyed this read although the premise makes me deeply uncomfortable, which I guess is the idea.

Rainbows End, by Vernor Vinge

Beware Rabbits bearing virtual gifts. Interesting combination of cyberpunk meets bioterrorism thriller meets Elder YA.

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