Collection of essays by a wide variety of field-note using scientists, talking about how they use their notes and how they feel about them and other stuff like that. Copiously illustrated, hurrah! Loved it.
Reclaiming Fair Use, by Pat Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi
This was good, and it was interesting to see a lot of the ideas I first heard about in an online class taught by these two "buffed out" into proper book format. I'm at the point of learning about copyright these days where if I read about a topic I already know reasonably well, I get a little impatient, and fair use is the aspect of copyright I work with most often ... but it's always good to see someone else's take on things, when it's this good a take.
Best American Science Writing 2011, edited by Rebecca Skloot, Floyd Skloot, and Jesse Cohen; Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011, edited by Mary Roach and Tim Folger
Every year I read both of these, and every year I explain to you, gentle reader, that Best American Science Writing is more exciting, but I still like Best American Science and Nature writing too. This year, I liked 'em both about the same, which was surprising. They both suffered a bit from "science writers aren't so much into Cool Cutting-Edge Discoveries as scientists are," in terms of the guest editors' choices. On the other hand, they both benefited from "science writers tend to have more exacting writing standards than scientists do." :) Tons of stuff about medicine and environmental disasters. Only one overlap choice that was in both books, and it's such a good essay I read it twice.
The Wild Ways, by Tanya Huff
Some authors just suit me as a reader, and Tanya Huff is in the top rank of those. Whatever she writes, I devour, and this fantasy was no exception. It did not hurt one bit that it was set mostly in the Maritimes. *pines for the Atlantic* If you haven't read The Enchantment Emporium yet, I strongly suggest you start there, not here. Her characters develop through the course of the series, and there are frequent (sometimes spoilerrific) references to past events.