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Jeremy Scahill reading Barry Eisler, but not as fast as I am

Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater, is already halfway through Barry Eisler’s new novel, Inside Out.  I’m looking forward to his review. The real reason for this post, however, is to boast — I’ve already finished Inside Out.  I thought it was excellent.

N. K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

I must now praise The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, the debut novel from N. K. Jemisin.  Before I do anything else. It was recommended to me by someone who shares many of my tastes in fantasy literature, so I was expecting it to be good, but I have to say that it was better than that.  [...]

John Scalzi has China Miéville’s new book. Grrr….

Thanks to John Scalzi, we know that the arrival of China Miéville’s new book Kraken is imminent!  Per Scalzi: This book features mysteriously disappearing cephalopods, squid cults, crime bosses and, of course, very possibly the end of the world. Because if you’ve got squid cults, can the end of the world really be that far [...]

Influential Books

Matt Yglesias posts a list of books that have influenced him.  I shall do the same, nonexhaustively, in no particular order. Wendell Berry, What Are People For? — I could really list any of Wendell Berry’s books of essays, but I’ll list this one because it’s the first book of his that I read.  Berry’s [...]

Holiday fundraiser worth doing

Patrick Rothfuss, on the strength of his superb novel The Name of the Wind, is one of my favorite authors. Now, I haven’t met Patrick Rothfuss, but my guess is that he’s a pretty good guy.  He certainly has a pretty good beard.  He’s also running a fundraiser this holiday season for Heifer International that [...]

Best books

It’s nice to see some of my favorite books of 2009 showing up on some of the “best books” lists that proliferate at this time of year. Joe Abercrombie’s Best Served Cold made Amazon UK’s list of the best sci-fi/fantasy of 2009.  Monza Murcatto is one of my favorite heroines in a long time.  She’s [...]