Recommended Reads

I usually divide my evenings between the computer and a book, interspersed with the occasional fondle-raid on my wife. Here are a few recommended reads from the past year.

  • How and Why Lisa’s Dad Got to Be Famous. Michael Allen 2006. Charming short novel about the insanity that is reality TV. Reviewed here.
  • Year’s Best SF 11. Ed. Hartwell & Cramer 2006. Excellent science fiction short stories. I particularly liked the contributions by Langford, Gregory, Robson, MacLeod, Rucker, Jarpe, Sterling, McAuley, Chiang, Morton, Reynolds, Haldeman. Reviewed here.
  • Voices. Ursula K. LeGuin 2006. A fantasy novel with a coming-of-age theme and a sub-text about the occupation of Iraq. Reviewed here.
  • Orsinian Tales. Ursula K. LeGuin 1976. Beautiful short stories, written by an Oregonian dreaming about alt-historical Balkans. A little-known gem in LeGuin’s extensive oeuvre.


  1. #1 tty
    January 7, 2007

    Speaking of alt-historical Balkan fantasy, have you read Avram Davidson’s “Doctor Eszterhazy” tales? Very recommended reading!

  2. #2 Martin R
    January 7, 2007

    Can’t say I have — yet! Got to check Davidson out.

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