Tuesday, May 13, 2008


The Excellent Danielle tagged me on this action, and as above, so below. It is written.

The Last Book I Bought:
City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff VanderMeer. I bought this because the copy I borrowed from Kate started to fall apart on me, and, thinking I had unwittingly done something to it, I bought her a new copy, because I'll be god damned if I'm going to return to someone a destroyed book that they gave me whole. It's great, so I'm pleased that I now have my own copy. My housemate and I had an idea on how to repair it that actually worked, so there's that too.

The Last Book I Read:
Coincidentally discussed in the last blog post, The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, he of the unfortunate book-jacket author photo. It's basically a light fantasy Ocean's Eleven with more stabbing. I know I lifted at least part of that from a back-of-the-book blurb, but it's true. I enjoyed it! I had a good time.

Five Books That Mean Something To Me:
1. (Whatever collections I have) by H.P. Lovecraft. This dude's stories were the first thing I read that produced a horror feeling of actual depth once I grasped them. They get kind of repetitive, though, so you really only have to read like five.
2. Steel Beach by John Varley. I just reread this, so it's floating near the top of my mind, but this is a book where the setting really permeates the whole thing and makes it what it is. Can't explain it any better, sorry.
3. My senior high school yearbook because I worked on that thing. That's right, I said it. That, and there are a lot of words written in it by a lot of people who were (and are) important. Though that's true of any yearbook from 10th grade on. We packed a lot of living into those years, it seems like.
4. Imajica by Clive Barker. Between this book and China Mieville's Bas-Lag, there are a lot of reasons to wish fictional universes were true, and I'm not even getting into science fiction here.
5. Watership Down by Richard Adams. Rabbits. RABBITS

Tag Five People:
Man I have no idea who reads this thing. If you read this entry, give some thought to doing this! Say I tagged you! That's how I'm going to have to roll.