Archives: January2011
    A Fire Upon the Deep
  • A Fire Upon the DeepReview of A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

    A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge tied with Doomsday Book by Connie Willis as the winner of the Hugo Award in 1993.  (Coincidentally, The Book Smugglers just reviewed Doomsday Book today if you want to read about the other Hugo winner for the year.) It was also nominated for several other awards such as the Nebula Award, the Campbell Award, and the Locus SF Award.  There is a prequel to this science fiction novel called A Deepness in […]

  • theherostrikesbackThe Leaning Pile of Books

    This week I just got one book I bought myself (which was a serious exercise in self restraint since I actually went to the bookstore and looked around and saw many that I wanted to take home with me).  I went to look for the February Women of Science Fiction Book Club selection, but they didn’t have it so I picked up another book in a series I’ve been wanting to continue that they did have.  They did have the […]

  • The Last Page by Anthony Huso

    This is not exactly a review (thus the lack of the word “review” in the title).  Since I didn’t actually finish the book, I can write about my impressions, but I can’t really write a review of the entire novel.  I tried to decide for a while whether or not to write about it even though I didn’t complete it and decided to go ahead.  When I see other people talk about books they didn’t finish, I find it useful […]

  • Bookish News and Links has an excerpt from The Sea Thy Mistress, the conclusion to Elizabeth Bear’s Edda of Burdens trilogy.  I’m reading this right now and I am enjoying it immensely so far.  The books in this trilogy are so beautifully written and I love all the Norse mythology. Sadly, Sarah Monette’s cat recently passed away.  On February 2, she is holding a memorial fundraiser and the proceeds are going to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital’s Animal Companion Fund.  […]

  • A Discovery of WitchesExcerpt and Giveaway: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

    Courtesy of Penguin/Viking, here is an excerpt from A Discovery of Witches, an upcoming novel by Deborah Harkness. They have also provided one copy to give away to a reader in the United States or Canada. First, here’s some information on the book, which will be released in hardcover and as an e-book on February 8. From the publisher’s website: Excerpt from A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness Reprinted by arrangement with Viking, a member of Penguin Group (USA) […]

  • The Skin MapThe Leaning Pile of Books

    This week I have a giveaway, and I’m hoping to revise a draft of a post for the week.  Then I’ll move on to reviewing A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge and Dust by Elizabeth Bear (which I just read for this month’s Women of Science Fiction Book Club).  I’ll also be writing a review of Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire, but I won’t be posting it until closer to the release date in March.  So for now […]