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May Books

I'm pretty far behind with bookblogging at present. This has basically been the case since Worldcon commitments started to dominate my free time; I've also been trying to develop a policy of writing lots of bookblog entries at the weekend, and then publishing two every weekday evening, so as not to swamp friendslists of those who still use livejournal; I should be able to catch up eventually that way, though it hasn't quite worked yet. Anyway, I managed 27 books during May, more than half of them sf, more than half of those Hugo or Retro Hugo nominees (and most of those I actually bought; the voter packet only came out in the last few days). Next month will have Hugo non-fiction and graphic story nominees as well. Anyway, these are the books of May 2014:

Non-fiction 3 (YTD 22)
The Rise and Fall of Languages, by R.M.W. Dixon
The Road To Middle-Earth, by Tom Shippey
The Eleventh Hour, ed. Andrew O'Day

Fiction (non-sf) 4 (YTD 16)
Mr Norris Changes Trains, by Christopher Isherwood
Goodbye to Berlin, by Christopher Isherwood

Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert
The Secret Agent, by Joseph Conrad

SF (non-Who) 15 (YTD 42)
Neptune's Brood, by Charles Stross
10 Billion Days & 100 Billion Nights, by Ryu Mitsuse
The Finches of Mars, by Brian Aldiss
Warbound, by Larry Correia
The Empress of Mars, by Kage Baker
Parasite, by Mira Grant
Out Of The Silent Planet, by C.S. Lewis
Carson of Venus, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Cyberabad Days, by Ian McDonald
The Sword In The Stone, by T.H. White
The Legion of Time, by Jack Williamson
The Butcher of Khardov, by Dan Wells
Flora Segunda, by Ysabeau S. Wilce
Six-Gun Snow White, by Cat Valente
Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, by Samuel R. Delany

Doctor Who 3 (YTD 29)
Island of Death, by Barry Letts
The Death of Art by Simon Bucher-Jones
Anachrophobia, by Jonathan Morris

Comics 2 (YTD 5)
The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who, by Paul Cornell
Dotter of Her Father's Eyes, by Mary and Bryan Talbot

~7,000 pages (YTD ~33,300)
5/27 (YTD 29/114) by women (Baker, "Grant", Wilce, Valente, Talbot)
2/27 (YTD 4/114) by PoC (Mitsuse, Delany)

Reread: 3/27 (YTD 6/114) (Madame Bovary, Out of the Silent Planet, The Sword in the Stone)

Reading now:
Het verdriet van België, by Hugo Claus
Queers Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the LGBTQ Fans Who Love It, eds Sigrid Ellis & Michael Damian Thomas
Orbitsville by Bob Shaw

Coming soon (perhaps):
Green Living for Dummies, by Michael Grosvenor
The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein, by Theodore Roszak
Death in Venice, by Thomas Mann
Dawn, by Octavia E. Butler
Ireland Under the Tudors, by Richard Bagwell
The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver
Desert Wisdom, by Henri J.M. Nouwen
A Guide to Tolkien, by David Day
How Languages Are Learned, by Patsy M. Lightbown
Brussel in beeldekes
Crash, by J. G. Ballard
Teenage Religion and Values, by Leslie J. Francis
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, by Maggie O'Farrell
Rogue Queen, by L. Sprague de Camp
334, by Thomas M Disch
Billionaire Boy, by David Walliams
The Essence of Christianity, by Ludwig Feuerbach
Vernon God Little, by DBC Pierre
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
The Long Earth, by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
Brontomek!, by Michael Cobley
[Doctor Who] A Device of Death, by Christopher Bulis
[Doctor Who] Damaged Goods, by Russell T. Davies
[Doctor Who] Trading Futures, by Lance Parkin

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  • nwhyte
    29 Oct 2022, 16:28
    Now I know that "psephologist" is a word.
  • nwhyte
    9 Sep 2022, 11:19
    That would make things less awkward.
  • nwhyte
    9 Sep 2022, 05:02
    Long after!
  • nwhyte
    8 Sep 2022, 17:37
    Were your 5X great-grandparents related at the time, or did their descendants get together after the duel?
  • nwhyte
    22 Aug 2022, 11:53
    I wonder why they attacked the guards instead of just claiming they were making a TikTok video or something. Having weapons on their person just makes it obvious they were spying.
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