March 30th, 2020


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October 2005 books

My two trips in October 2005 were to the Netherlands, where unfortunately I had a car accident on the ouskirts of The Hague - nobody hurt, but I was pretty shaken and the other car was a write-off - and at the end of the month to Montenegro. (You can see me in Montenegro at 2:00 into this video.) At work we published the second report on Nagorno-Karabakh and I had an op-ed on Bosnia in European Voice which I am still rather pleased with.

At home we had our twelfth wedding anniversary. I got a nice pic of young F in the cupola of the Bozar museum in Brussels, the royal palace in the background.

F meanwhile was occasionally commandeering my camera to take pictures of other family members.

Due to less international travel, and commuting by car, I read only 10 books in October 2005.

Non-fiction 2 (YTD 36)
Macedonia: The Bradt Travel Guide, by Thammy Evans
Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril, by Judith Merril and Emily Pohl-Weary

Non-genre 1(YTD 8)
A Personal Matter, by Kenzaburō Ōe

SF 7 (YTD 65)
Travelling Towards Epsilon, ed. by Maxim Jakubowski
The Hidden Family, by Charles Stross
The Clan Corporate, by Charles Stross
Accelerando, by Charles Stross
Babel-17, by Samuel R. Delany
Ten Years to Oblivion, by Clem Macartney
Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett

2,700 pages (YTD 36,700)
2/10 by women (YTD 26/116)
2/10 by PoC (YTD 3/116)

Links above to my reviews, below to Amazon.

The best of these was Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril, which won the Hugo for Best Related Work that year. You can get it here. I'm not going to pick on those I didn't like; three others that I did like were Terry Patrchett's Going Postal, which you can get here, Charles Stross's The Clan Corporate, which you can get here in omnibus, and Thammy Evans' Macedonia Travel Guide, which you can get (in a newer and retitled edition) here.