Books that followed me home from Readercon:
* Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
* Infoquake by David Louis Edelman
* The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (because jimbutcher recommended it)
* Agent of Change by Steve Miller and Sharon Lee (Del Rey edition)
* The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon
* Best New Fantasy, edited by Sean Wallace
* The Execution Channel by Ken MacLeod
* The New Weird, edited by Ann & Jeff Vandermeer
* Rewired, edited by James Patrick Kelly & John Kessel
Books that followed me home from RWA:
* Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn
* A Little Bit Wicked by Victoria Alexander
* What a Lady Wants by Victoria Alexander
* No One Heard Her Scream by Jordan Dane
* Tempting Evil by Allison Brennan
* The Undead Next Door by Kerrelyn Sparks
* Dark Needs at Night’s Edge by Kresley Cole
I second the recommendation from Name of the Wind. It’s in the running for ‘Best Book I’ve Read This Year’. Ironically, it’s competing with some of Jim Butcher’s novels. 😉
Because I am nosy and curious…
How do you manage to work up the enthusiasm to read for entertainment’s sake when so much of your workday is caught up in reading already? And moreover, reading material which probably doesn’t do much for you, at that?
When I was singing professionally, I never wanted to sing just for the fun of it. The amount of work involved in dragging the band to stage-readiness took all the shine off what had once been a simple joy for me, and to an extent, it’s never come back since then. So I suppose I’m just really curious how you keep your chore reading from tainting all the other reading in your life.
(Sorry if this is overly personal — I’m just curious, is all.)
Damn — that’s a lot of competition!
Heart Shaped Box was a fantastic read!
I sympathize about the huge pile TBR…
Read The Name of the Wind first. Really. Don’t wait. It’s the best fantasy book I’ve ever read. Period. It’s incredibly well written and, even better, well-plotted. It’s got a little bit of romance, a lot of cool “magic”, a well developed world, and great, great characters. You’ll fall in love with the hero, root for him, hurt with him, wring your hands with worry for him. It’s definitely worth reading now.
Plus, well, Jim Butcher recommended it. 🙂
You didn’t get “Slave” at RWA? *smirks*
Don’t you wish you had one of those old English libraries you see on TV, with the ladder on wheels, and you can just glide from shelf to shelf? Ah, pure heaven. 🙂
Heart Shaped Box was amazing. I read it right after King’s Lisey’s Story, sort of a one-two Bram Stoker punch. Both are now among my favorite horror books.
I’m glad I’m not the only one with an out-of-control TBR pile.
I envy your Readercon haul. I got a good stash of books at BEA, so I suppose I *should* be busy reading those for a while, but a number of the books you mention are on my “want-to-read” list as well.
The prose in Heart Shaped Box is so Spartan that you could finish off the book in a single, three hour plane ride.
When you finally read Heart Shaped Box you’ll be annoyed with yourself that you didn’t read it sooner.
I have nearly that much in my TBR pile. Glad to know I’m not the only one out there!
I wasn’t as keen on Heart Shaped Box as some of the other commenters. It felt predictable and I just couldn’t really like any of the characters enough to feel for them. It’s pretty straightforward though and 3 hours on a plane should do it for most fast readers. To me it was like a beachy sort of novel. Not much redeeming about it but slightly enjoyable at the time.
Glad to see Yiddish Policeman’s Union made your list. That book blew me away to that point that I’m not even sure what to say about it. To be that skilled and let loose in such a fun and inventive way… well…