Saturday, December 3, 2011

Mullaney's miscellany: 2

  • Sci fi author Anne McCaffrey, author of nearly 100 books, died recently at her home in Ireland. The first woman to win a Hugo Award (1968) and a Nebula (1969), McCaffrey was best known for the Dragonriders of Pern series. She was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2006. I asked my local bookseller, who specializes in sci fi, to suggest where to start with McCaffrey, and she recommended the Harper Hall Trilogy: Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, and Dragondrums.
  • President Obama and his daughters visited Kramerbooks in DC to support Small Business Saturday. Here's what they came away with: Tails by Matthew Van Fleet
, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
, The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, 
Zen Shorts by Jon Muth
, The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
, and Descent into Chaos by Ahmed Rashid. Sounds like they're squarely in the zeitgeist!
  • The New York Times announced their best books of 2011: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, 11/22/63 by Stephen King, Swamplandia! by Karen Russell,  Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson, The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht, Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens, The Boy in the Moon: A Father's Journey to Understand His Extraordinary Son by Ian Brown, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable, Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War by Amanda Foreman. Remarkably, four of the five fiction titles were first novels. (We currently have Stephen King's popular The Green Mile, a whopper of a trade paperback at 435 pages, for $4.98. At our current web-only 10% off sale on everything, you can do the math! We also have A Game of Thrones: A Song of Fire and Ice, Book 1, a book loved by both sci-fi and mainstream fiction fans.)
     Which books will you be putting on your reading list?

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