My first glimpse of 2011: a bleary-eyed grab at the alarm clock. It’s 4:45am and I remember, with faint horror, that I must get up. There’s a flight to catch; we’re off to New Orleans for a visit to the in-laws.
Staggering out of bed, cramming the last few things into the suitcase, and gulping rather desperately at a too-hot mug of tea, I grab the the book off the top of the pile on my nightstand, “Sandman Slim” by Richard Kadrey, and shove it in my purse. Rather optimistic to think I’ll do much other than drowse and drool on the plane ride, don’t you think?.
This morning’s blind and random literary snatch, however, was momentous nonetheless, as it anointed the first book I’ll read in 2011. After the delicious gift-giving frenzy of the holidays I’ve got a nice fat stack of books to plow through, including the aforementioned Kadrey book, as well as:
- Ysabel, by Guy Gavriel Kay
- Dervish House, by Ian McDonald
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, by Philip K Dick
- Sixty-One Nails, by Mike Shevdon
- A Fire Upon the Deep, by Vernor Vinge
So, my New Year’s promise to all of you is the following: I will read each one and report back with a review. So, enjoy the start of another waltz round the calendar, and stay tuned for bookwormy goodness in the month to come!
ps. if you’ve already read some or all of these delights…no spoilers, please!
pps. Happy New Year!