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19. & 20. Control of Nature and Table of Contents, John McPhee. both excellent, and deserving of the far more thorough write-up that i'm not going to do right now.

21. The Big Over Easy, Jasper Fforde. wasn't as impressed by this one as by his other books, but it was a fun light read anyhow.

22. The Revenge of Hothead Paisan, Diane DiMassa. this one's got a couple of the pages/monologues i most like, and as always is a much-needed bit of catharsis and thinking-about-things.
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i feel like i've misplaced some books, that i must've done more reading than this. mostly, though, i think i haven't been reading because i feel like if i've got time to read books for pleasure, i should be studying.

in any case, these were in the stack of recently-read books:

11. Encounters with the Archdruid, John McPhee. fantastic book. essentially, it is stories created by taking three different men -- a mining engineer, a resort developer (one who developed part of Hilton Head, and who attempted to develop Cumberland Island in Georgia), and a Western dam-builder -- out into the wilderness with a fellow named David Brower, "the most militant conservationist in the world." ("militant" is not the word i'd use, except perhaps philosophically. he's passionate and he's powerful, influential.) each story involves facts, politics, deeply-held beliefs, perspectives from each side, and also the interaction of strong personalities.

i've got two more of his books, Control of Nature and Table of Contents, in progress.

12. & 13. The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists and In an Adventure with Ahab, Gideon Defoe. two books in one, set antiparallel. extremely silly. along with the McPhee books, a loan from [ profile] longueur. thank you!

14. PoMoSexuals -- Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Identity, edited by Carol Queen & Lawrence Schimel. the title-word makes me twitch, but the book itself was a good read in the right way, poking at my brain and making me think about things. written in 1997, and perhaps more than anything else it makes me want to know more of what's being written and thought and said right now. Pat Califia's essay ("Identity Sedition and Pornography") made me go demand that the internet tell me more, so i wandered off through mazes of interviews and essays and articles from the past ten years. other especially good bits: Kate Bornstein's preface ("Queer Theory and Shopping"), Dorothy Allison's story, which i'd read before in one of her collections but still love, and the essays by D. Travers Scott, Carol Queen, Jill Nagle, David Harrison, Riki Anne Wilchins...well, and really all of it, even the bits that didn't resonate as clearly, was very much worth reading.
mmmmm, gender theory.

15. Holidays on Ice, David Sedaris. a quick read and funny, if often painfully so. *laugh* kinda reminded me of George Saunders' CivilWarLand in Bad Decline in parts.

16. & 17. Kaplan MCAT Physical Sciences and Biological Sciences Review Notes, because that's what i've been slogging through for weeks, and i want to mark down that progress somehow.

18. The Bride Wore Black Leather...and he looked fabulous!, Drew Campbell. Tagline: "An etiquette guide for the rest of us." Some bits of it still pissed me off, but most of the basic principles were reasonable and flexible enough, and it was at least mostly an amusing read.

my stack of books-i'm-reading and books-i-want-to-read is getting rather high, especially since i picked up three more from J & [ profile] ravenslost this evening.
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some of these are from the end of 2006, but i stopped keeping track, so i'm tacking the ones that i remember on here.

1. Falling Free, Lois McMaster Bujold. i have a vague memory of writing this one up already, but couldn't find the entry, so here you go. good sci-fi, and lots of badass industrial metalworking in space.

2. A Deepness in the Sky, Vernor Vinge. one of those books that's been on the should-read-this list for awhile. i liked it, but wished he hadn't tied everything up quite so neatly at the end.

3. The Moor's Last Sigh, Salman Rushdie. read this one over the course of a very busy week or two, so my memory of it is a little scattered, but i enjoyed it very much. intricate and strange.

4. Next, Michael Chrichton. a gift from my grandmother; i think it wasn't quite the book she was expecting it to be. the usual pop-science thriller. there were some interesting thought-experiment bits, if you can get past the plot holes and egregious science errors.

5. JTHM: Director's Cut & Squee, Jhonen Vasquez. a great way to spend a saturday morning. i swear. doesn't leave you misanthropic and wanting to hide in your closet and smash things, not at all.

6. Eragon, Christopher Paolini. escapist brain-candy for a difficult cross-country flight. (though not as difficult as it might've been, since for the first time i got bumped to first class for the ATL-SFO leg.)

7. Books of Magic, Neil Gaiman et al. good stuff, a gift from [ profile] violin. i've seen other books from the series in my favorite used-bookstore; anyone know if they're any good?

8. Animal Dreams, Barbara Kingsolver. a re-re-read, but she's still one of my favorite authors.

...and that's all i can remember for now.


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