Meanwhile I am behind in reporting my Ten Book Reading Challenge.
- The Defector by Daniel Silva
A spy thriller about Israeli agents working in Russia. Very well written and thoughtful.
- Finding Oz: How L. Frank Baum Discovered the Great American Story by Evan I. Schwartz
A biography of L. Frank Baum. I learned to read by using the Wizard of Oz books, so I had hoped to learn a little about the author. There is some biography here, but there is more modern psychobabble that is completely annoying. I really dislike when current writers insist on subscribing contemporary motives to people who lived hundreds of years ago.
- Darker Angels (The Black Sun's Daughter, Book 2) by M.L.N. Hanover
I loved this author's science fiction quartet. The first book of this dark urban fantasy was choppy and confusing, but this one was quite good. I read it in a day.
- Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2006 Edition, Editor, Rich Horton
A short story anthology with many wonderful stories that I had read before and several weak stories that are better off buried.
- A Better Angel: Stories by Chris Adrian
An advanced reading copy of a short story collection by a pediatric surgeon. Some stories take place in hospitals, some feature damaged children. Well written, but a bit repetitive.
- Friday by Robert A. Heinlein
An old favorite that I took down from the bookshelf while waiting for an Amazon order to arrive.
- Transition by Iain M. Banks
A weak and confusing effort by my once favorite science fiction author.
- Julian Comstock : a story of 22nd-century America by Robert Charles Wilson
A post apocalyptic novel of politics and war. Unexpectedly charming.
- The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom
I am not quite finished with this dense philosophical treaty on the basis of American thought and culture. Very interesting, but not for the faint of intellect.