1. To Green Angel Tower- Tad Williams. Good fucking god, why did this man ever get a publishing contract again in his life, after this shit? There was enough plot in Memory, Thorn & Sorrow for HALF OF A NOVEL.
Of course, he needed to make it 2600 pages of novel. Really overwritten really overflorid really... just bleah. Editor. Hire one.
2. The Confusion- Neal Stephenson. speaking of 2600 pages of novel, here's the 2nd volume of his Baroque Cycle. For those of you who have already read Quicksilver, this book takes after the 2nd part of Quicksilver, as far as narrative speed and focus goes. Coworker and I were talking and he suggested that perhaps this trilogy should be considered as a single 3000 page novel, which is why the first 500 pages were slow and expository and teeedious. That would make sense, though I enjoyed the first 500 pages of Quicksilver, too.
3. Sethra Lavode- Stephen Brust. It's more Brust-doing-pastiche-Dumas. How could one go wrong reading it, if one likes that sort of thing? I'm loving it.
4. Guilty but Insane- Poppy Z. Brite. Fun. Warped. I'm glad I followed the advice of cheekytubemouse and dug up a copy. ;)
5. An Exaltation of Larks- James Lipton. This book is more entertaining when you've watched Inside the Actor's Studio and hear the narrative in the voice of the man who wrote it- and who interviews the guests on ItAS.
6. Sonnets to Orpheus- Rainier Maria Rilke. Edward Snow translation of these beautiful sonnets. Good stuff. But it's Rilke: calling it good stuff is like saying the Mona Lisa is 'not a bad portrait'.
7. Elephant House, Or, The Home of Edward Gorey- Kevin McDermott. This is just photographs: pictures of the totchkes & knickknacks and such in Gorey's home, taken about a month after his passing. BEAUTIFUL photos- and a very very sad piece of work. Especially the photos of his drawing table and the little handwritten notes about forthcoming work on it.
8. Only Forward- Michael Marshall Smith. Read this one when it first came out- trying to decide what I think of it now.
9. Approaching Oblivion- Harlan Ellison. I liked this book a lot when I first read it, 10 years ago. Now? Not so much. Sigh.
10. Novelties & Souvenirs- John Crowley. I am of mixed mind about this book. On the one hand, it's TERRIFIC having all of Crowley's shorts and the one novella in print. On the OTHER hand, I whine because if I'd been patient I wouldn't have bought one of the books that is compiled in here. Buy this one. These are brilliantly clever fantasy works.