30 January 2006

Reads & Listens, January 2006

The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore
Another much appreciated Christmas gift from The Husband. While any book that has an undead Santa is likely to be a good one, this book was even better than I anticipated. Very Pratchett and Rankin-esque -- which means nothing much, really, but it's the new year and I'm still wasted.

Counting Heads by David Marusek
So dense and complicated that I don't know how to summarize it easily. "Many people look for some rich girl's head?" That's too easy. Overall, a very impressive book that was not easily put down.

Flirting with Pride & Prejudice ed. by Jennifer Crusie
Collection of non-scholarly essays examining P&P. Funny is places, thoughty in others, and always very personal. I especially enjoyed the essays about Mary and Charlotte as I tend to feel they got the short end of the stick.

Poison by Chris Wooding
Poison's sister, Azalea, is stolen by the phaeries. In order to get Azalea back, Poison does a deal with the Phaerie Lord. Of course, he does not uphold his end of the deal ... A pretty good story with some interesting world building.

Where's My Cow? by Terry Pratchett (illus. by Melvyn Grant)
"It goes HRUUUGH! It is a hippopotamus! That is not my cow!"

Invasion of the Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel
Latest adventures of that merry band. Brilliant, as always.

Once Upon a Time (She Said) by Jane Yolen
Mishmash of Yolen's essays, short stories, and poems about fairy tales. Writings include those intended for adults as well as children and the non-fiction is interwoven with the fiction which I found a little confusing, sometimes. Mostly, it was too much of a good thing and I came away feeling as if I had eaten too much cake.

Inexcusable by Chris Lynch
Horrifying and yet so probable.

The Healing Power of Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs ed. by Reader's Digest
This book covers all the standard supplements and gives pretty precise instructions for usage. The dosages might be too conservative for some, but they usually match those listed in MedlinePlus, Gale's Health & Wellness database, and EBSCO Health. A good guide for beginners or those looking for a solid reference for their home library.

The Turkish Lover by Esmeralda Santiago
Santiago was a guest on last week's episode of Daisy Cooks! She was so compelling (and Daisy's enthusiasm for her works so infectious) that I had to borrow this book. It was marvelous. I cannot speak of it without gushing or blowing the whole story. I must go devour the rest of her works. Now.

Hubbert's Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage by Kenneth S. Deffeyes
Published in 2001, some of Deffeyes predictions/assumptions are already off (but perhaps it doesn't matter when the oil will run out so much as it will). Provides a good overview if you want to know where oil comes from, how we find it, drilling technology, etc.