- George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings (8/2)
Second in the series of big fat fantasy tomes that are also serious novels about moral responsibility and family ties, but, for God's sake, don't start here -- A Game of Thrones is the first one.
- Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary (8/3)
I'm very fond of first person narrators, and I also quite like artificial structures in my novels, so the diary form was a lot of fun here. (The sequel, however, is lousy; avoid it.) It is not a book to take seriously at all, and it might read a bit differently these days (especially as it has spawned an entire sub-genre), but it was wonderfully fun at the time, especially read at full speed.
- Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Making Book (8/10)
A collection of essays and miscellania, mostly about books and the editing life. Books like this appeal only to a relatively small readership, but I'm smack-dab in the middle of that readership, and this is a great example of the type.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
This week the magic number was eight, and these are the books I was reading this week in 1998: