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Dec. 30th, 2003

Some books and graphic novels I read in 2003


All Wired Up, Mark Lareau (the definitive wire-wrapping how-to. recommended)
Art of Mindful Living, Thich Nhat Hahn (audio book, lectures given at a Buddhist retreat. highly recommended)
Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold (hugo nominee. recommended)
Death Times Three, Rex Stout (Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin short stories. recommended.)
Dykes & Sundry Carbon Based Life Forms to Watch Out For, Alison Bechdel (comic strip. highly recommended)
Encyclopedia of Crochet, Donna Kooler (crochet history, how-to, and projects. recommended)
Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card (the short story version. the novel version won a hugo. highly recommended)
Falling Free, Lois McMaster Bujold (science fiction. not one of her better ones)
Forever War, Joe Haldeman (hugo winner. not bad)
Gateway, Frederick Pohl (hugo winner. interesting)
Grey Shadows (Usagi Yojimbo), Stan Sakai (fantasy graphic novel. I recommend everything by Stan Sakai)
Guns, Germs, & Steel, Jared Diamond (pulitzer winner. nonfiction: history/ anthropology. highly recommended)
Lunatic Café, Bloody Bones, The Killing Dance, Burnt Offerings, Blue Moon, Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake series. sexy horror-fantasy. good for skimming when you want to be entertained but don't want to think much)
Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury (hugo winner. highly recommended)
Zen and the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury (how-to. highly recommended)
Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides (pulitzer winner. fiction: history/transsexual themes. highly recommended)
Moving Mars, Greg Bear (hugo winner. interesting to compare/contrast with Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars, but not as good as some of his other work)
Perdido Street Station, China Miéville (hugo nominee. highly recommended)
Red Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson (hugo winner. impressive in a lot of ways, but I can't say I liked it)
Return of the Native, Thomas Hardy (audio book, read by Alan Rickman. very highly recommended)
Shopgirl, Steve Martin (audio book, read by the author. cute)
Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card (hugo winner. highly recommended)
Spider-Man, J. Michael Straczynski (comic books. not his best work)
Steering the Craft, Ursula K. LeGuin (fiction writing exercises. highly recommended)
Strong Poison, Dorothy Sayers (audio book, read by Ian Carmichael, who played Lord Peter in the British TV series. highly recommended)
The Gods Themselves, Isaac Asimov (hugo winner. interesting)
The King's Peace, Jo Walton (recommended)
The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick (hugo winner. recommended)
Threats... and Other Promises, Vernor Vinge (short stories. recommended)
Timescape, Gregory Benford (hugo winner. I felt ambivalent about it, but overall it was pretty good)
To Say Nothing of the Dog, Connie Willis (hugo winner. recommended)
Why Paint Cats (pretty to look at. humor)
Wolves in the Walls, Neil Gaiman (children's fantasy. pretty to look at)

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pir_anha
Dec. 31st, 2003 07:00 pm (UTC)
books
Why Paint Cats

so now i want to write why cats paint. sometimes i am weird. :)
firecat
Dec. 31st, 2003 10:00 pm (UTC)
Re: books
someone beat you to it...

Why Cats Paint
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