Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

November 2007 books

I started the month in London, and then went to Cyprus for a work trip via Istanbul on the way out and (very briefly) Malta on the way back. Later in the month there was a science fiction convention in Leuven, where I renewed acquaintance with Ken MacLeod and Al Reynolds, and got to know Christopher Priest. I finished the month with trip to Skopje, including a day excursion to Pristina.

F got his first taste of Doctor Who live when we let him stay up to watch Time Crash. He and I also visited Technopolis in Mechelen, where he had a hair-raising experience:

U delighted us with a little dance.

I read only 11 books in November 2007, still I think decompressing from October. (Also did quite a lot of driving - in Cyprus and between Skopje and Pristina.)

Non-fiction 3 (YTD 72)
William the Silent: William of Nassau, Prince of Orange 1533-1584, by C.V. Wedgwood
Democratisation in Southeast Europe, ed. Dusan Pavlovic, Goran Petrov, Despina Syrri, David A. Stone
The Awful End of William the Silent: The First Assassination of a Head of State with a Handgun, by Lisa Jardine

Non-genre 2 (YTD 32)
The Steep Approach to Garbadale, by Iain Banks
Oscar and Lucinda, by Peter Carey

SF 6 (YTD 73)
A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow, by George RR Martin
A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold, by George RR Martin

The Prestige, by Christopher Priest
Eurotemps, edited by Alec Stewart, devised by Alec Stewart and Neil Gaiman
Mutiny In Space, by Avram Davidson
The Happy Prince and Other Stories, by Oscar Wilde

3,800 pages (YTD 65,800)
3/11 by women (YTD 53/223)
none by PoC (YTD 5/223)

Several of these were very good, and I'm going to single out The Prestige, by Christopher Priest, which you can get here, and The Steep Approach to Garbadale, by Iain Banks, which you can get here. Mutiny in Space, by Avram Davidson, was pretty awful but you can get it here anyway (without the famous cover).

Tags: bookblog 2007, bookblog nostalgia

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