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Yesterday was a busy, out-of-the-house day. We joined an out of town friend for a tour of the new Science Fiction Museum then high-tailed it home so I could cook for game night. I marinated some flank steaks, cut up some heirloom tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, and the gang came over for a few rounds of Warhammer combat playtesting.

I've been on a reading kick again and greatly enjoying it, which is especially good since I've been having my four-hours asleep, two-hours-awake nights of sleep again. I absolutely devoured The Time Traveler's Wife, recommended to me just before GenCon by a friend. I'm mid-way through reading The Charnel Prince by Greg Keyes, the sequel to The Briar King which I picked up on a whim and simply couldn't put down. I also recently finished Grass For His Pillow by Lian Hearn, the sequel to Across the Nightingale Floor, which I listened to on CD on a long-haul drive last year. Unsure if the third book in the series (Brilliance of the Moon) was even available, I was thrilled to find it on sale at the Uwajimaya book store on Sunday.

My mom's list has a book club going and I'm working to catch up on the most recent selection (Open Secrets, by Alice Munro) and have the next couple of books on the list already in my possession (Evidence of Things Unseen, by Marianne Wiggins and The Virgin Blue, by Tracy Chevalier). These are definitely not the sorts of books I'd normally pick up for myself, and I'm typically not much of a novel reader at all, so looking at these selections I'm very curious how I will feel about them once I've read them.

One thing the Science Fiction Museum did was plant several classic science fiction titles in my brain for possible fall reading. Sci-fi was even less of my thing than chick novels, with several notable exceptions, and I'm woefully under-read on certain authors. The guys from the Dick House would be ashamed.


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Blogger Will Says:

Nicole, did you ever read "The Waterborn" or "The Black God" by Greg Keyes, back when he was J. Gregory Keyes? I never really got into "The Black God" because of its sequel-ness, but I intend to pick it up again one day, if only because I enjoyed the weird non-traditional fantasy cultures based seemingly on Native American and Southeast Asian anthropology. Recommended.

Blogger Nikchick Says:

I'd never heard of (J) Greg(ory) Keyes before picking up The Briar King a few weeks ago, but I'll definitely read more of his books. I'm enjoying his style quite a bit.


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