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She imagined the girls spooked up on the ridge, the Miller School boys proud of their accomplishment.

Rita Mae Brown, The Hunt Ball

* Get the book nearest to you. Right now.
* Go to page 56.
* Find the 5th sentence.
* Write this sentence – either here or on your blog.
* Copy these instructions as commentary of your sentence.
* Don’t look for your favorite book or your coolest but really the nearest.

Via Stephen’s Lighthouse.


Halting State

Halting State cover art

Halting State cover art

I’m currently reading a science fiction novel for a book club and although I haven’t finished it, I would like to recommend it. Charles Stross’s Halting State is a near-future story centered around a bank robbery in a virtual shared-world (à la World of Warcraft or SecondLife). I’m enjoying the story (which reminds me favorably of Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash but without the linguistic theory or Sumerian mythology), but it’s Stross’s turn of phrase that really grabs me. He writes of one character,

“he turns the charm on you with a nod and a great white smile that reveals about two hundred dollars’ worth of American dental prostheses that he probably wears because it’s the only way to stop the bairns from screaming and running away before he can eat them.”

(It also says a lot about how immersive Stross’s style is that my best friend got half way through the book without noticing that it was voiced entirely in the second-person.)

Anyway, go read it: you’ll enjoy it!

Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson

Cover art

Cover art

Last night (later than I should have, given that it was a week night), I finished reading Before Green Gables, Budge Wilson‘s authorized prequel to L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series. This is not a book I ever intended to read. I’m not a fan of authorized sequels or prequels to the works of dead authors. However, I read an article highlighting the book in the Dalhousie alumni magazine and was intrigued.

I enjoyed the book. It did seem more suited to a slightly older audience than the original works, so I would definitely recommend that this book be read after the original eight books, rather than before them.

Farthing by Jo Walton

Cover art

Cover art

While I was home for the New Brunswick Day long weekend, I read Jo Walton’s alternative history Farthing. This is a classic English country house murder mystery, but set in an alternate England that, instead of pressing the war against Hitler, settled a truce instead. It was a compelling, addictive read. Saying I enjoyed it would not be the right words, but I fully intend to pick up the sequel, Ha’penny, at the earliest opportunity.

Moving Pictures (Discworld ; book 10) by Terry Pratchett

Moving Pictures; cover art

Moving Pictures; cover art

This weekend, I finished reading Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett. In this book, the tenth of the Discword series, Pratchett takes on Hollywood and the movie industry. It’s a wonderful, fun read (as if Pratchett writes anything that isn’t fabulous). But I want more Sam Vimes …

Still, this was great and I recommend it.


I have a new favourite site (not most-favourite, but still a favourite :)): FictionDB, a free reader’s advisory tool. I’ve only poked around with it for a few moments, but have already found two forthcoming books that had to be added to my Amazon.ca wishlist!

No Future For You (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Volume 2)



I just finished reading No Future for You (ISBN: 9781593079635), the second volume in the graphic novel series Buffy the Vampire Series, Season Eight. I was very impressed with this volume, as I was with the first. The stories and characterization are remarkable and the artwork is incredible.

I recommend this book.