Absolute Fun American Invention; Unexpected Zen Prize in the Burn
Slight but lovely. The images will stick with me longer than the words will.
Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel (reread)
Even better than last time I read it.
Absolute Death, by Neil Gaiman et al (almost all reread)
Also even better than last time I read it. Which was ... 13 years ago? Marvelous to read such big lovely recolored pages, and there were some bits I hadn't read before, with some of my favorite artists.
Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007, edited by Dave Eggers and the members of 826
My favorite of all the annual anthologies. This one had a lot in it about the war.
Burn, by James Patrick Kelly (nook)
Every time I read James Patrick Kelly I think, "I should read more of his stuff!" This was no exception. The people are very very true, is the best part; the ideas are nifty, is the second-best.
The Prize in the Game, by Jo Walton (nook)
A bit rough compared to her brilliant later works; still, there was a lot of good in it. By the last 50 pages or so, I couldn't drag myself away.
Presentation Zen, by Garr Reynolds
I'd been trying to do this kind of presentation - simple and meaningful, rather than cluttered and ugly - based on second hand examples, so I thought it was a good idea to go back to the source. It helped.
The Unexpected Corpse, by B. J. Oliphant (aka Sheri Tepper)
I am sick. This is exactly the sort of mystery novel I adore when I am sick (and at other times, too). Crusty old lady sleuth with a heart of gold, lots of didactic moral ranting (with which I largely agree). Whee. So pleased I still have a few more left in this series.
Petrefax, by Mike Carey and Steve Leialoha
Novel and old-fashioned all at once. Which is, you know, exactly how a Sandman comic should be. I need to start Lucifer from the beginning one of these days.