First 2013 Powell's haul

I lost my will roll against placing another book order a couple of weeks ago. There are just too many people writing too many fascinating things that I want to read!

Elizabeth Bear — Shoggoths in Bloom (collection)
David Graeber — Debt: The First 5,000 Years (non-fiction)
Eric Hobsbawm — The Age of Revolution 1789–1848 (non-fiction)
China Miéville — Kraken (sff)
John McPhee — Annals of the Former World (non-fiction)
C.E. Murphy — The Queen's Bastard (sff)
C.E. Murphy — The Pretender's Crown (sff)
Steven Pinker — Words and Rules (non-fiction)
David Roodman — Due Diligence (non-fiction)
Rebecca Skloot — The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (non-fiction)
Richard G. Wilkinson & Kate Pickett — The Spirit Level (non-fiction)
Fumi Yoshinaga — Ōoku: The Inner Chambers #1 (graphic novel)

As you can see, mostly non-fiction. Which is, of course, the type of book that takes the longest to read. I'm so smart about managing a backlog. The Pinker was recommended by one of my favorite Teaching Company courses (Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths of Language Usage by John McWhorter), and I was interested enough in linguistics to want to read something a bit more intensive. John McPhee's Annals of the Former World is about geology, something I've wanted to know more about for a while, and won the Pulitzer for general non-fiction. It's also huge. It might take me a while to get to that.

Of the fiction, I read the first Murphy a long time back, but it was a borrowed copy, and I want to re-read it before reading the second volume in the duology. I remember really enjoying it, but don't remember anything about what happened. Ōoku is manga that won the Tiptree award, so that sounded too interesting to pass up. And since I own just about everything else Elizabeth Bear has published, I figured I should keep the streak alive, even if I'm a bit behind on reading it.

Posted: 2013-02-01 23:54 — Why no comments?

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