Cyberpunk-inflected SF; dark (the protagonist is more an antihero than a hero) and quite violent, but quite good. This is the first in a loosely connected series of three novels dealing with the same character.
I recommend this highly - it has lots of useful information, and although most of it is common sense, I found it very helpful for structuring my thoughts and providing a template for how to plan my maternity leave and draft a simple coverage plan. I supervise 10 people and was lucky enough to take six months off, but I found the reentry pretty easy - despite coming back to a new boss and an economic crisis - and even got compliments on how well I'd organized things (which I didn't think had been anything special: I just followed a few suggestions in this book).
The author's selection of the best of her own short stories, with a short autobiographical introduction. Contains several early stories from when she was first developing her idea of the Terran Empire (related to, though not all fully consistent with, the Darkover books), as well as two Darkover stories and the initial Lythande short story. A must for any MZB completist, and a pretty good read for anyone who likes her work.
This book gave me a lot of good general ideas and techniques (e.g., how much liquid to use with how much of what vegetable to get a good texture) as well as a couple of recipes my son liked - particularly the Chicken with Celery.
This is a memoir by a chef, rather than primarily a cooking memoir, and I enjoyed it despite a certain unevenness of tone and topic. It starts out describing her oddball upbringing in rural northwestern Pennsylvania, as the youngest of 5 children of a somewhat mismatched pair of parents, and how she largely brought herself up herself from the age of 12 after they divorced, working steadily in restaurants all through high school and beyond. She talks a little about her cooking mentors and her time in a writing program (an interlude between stints cooking), and more about her relationships, with both women and men. My favorite part was the description of the early days of her restaurant, which she called Prune from her mother's old nickname for her, even though by this point she hadn't spoken to her mother in over a decade. I could have done with a bit less about her marriage and eventual divorce from the father of her two sons (especially since her self knowledge about this part of her life seems limited; it may have been too fresh for her to write about well), but all in all, Hamilton is an engaging writer who comes across as smart and prickly but not afraid to show herself warts and all.
Vampire Nazis have parachuted in to Britain during World War II to commit sabotage, and the only people who can stop them are the plucky lady doctor (a rationalist in denial of her otherworldly heritage), her wise and powerful grandmother, her new assistant (dishy but initially despised for his conscientous objector status), and a mysterious old Welshman with unusual strength. Good story and a strong romance, although the period accuracy of some of the dialog is a bit questionable.
An enjoyable conclusion to Evans' trilogy of World War II paranormal thrillers, in which dragon shifter Gryffyth Pendragon returns home to his sleepy native village of Brytewood to discover that dark doings are afoot (as established in the previous two books in the series): a cadre of Nazi vampires is targeting the local munitions factory and perhaps even the most powerful politicians in the land!
In the eighth in the Riley Jenson series, Riley is trying to juggle her love for the vampire Quinn with her soul-hunger for the soul mate she distrusts but can't stay away from, plus a few extra complications from another couple of sexy men - not to mention her brother and his partner and - while solving a couple of mysteries: a series of beheading-murders of vampires (where her boss seems to know more about how they might be connected than he's telling) and a series of apparently causeless deaths of women addicted to vampire bites. After several books that had started to seem a little formulaic, the author now throws in some unexpected twists that could take the series in somewhat different directions.
Barry Cowan woke up screaming in a hospital room with a nightmare where his memory should have been, and a curious brass figurine in his pocket that made the nightmare seem all too likely to be true. Yet for all the emptiness there was a familiarity about the stranger who appeared, claiming to be his father - a HORRIFYING familiarity, tied somehow to the dreams of another world that invaded his sleep. Where had he been? What had happened to shock his mind so deeply that it refused to remember? Unknown to Barry, his deeper self had been wise in forgetting: if his efforts to call back the lost year of his life should succeed, would he survive?
One of Bradley's earlier, old-style adventure sci fi novels, with an engaging hero and an interesting mystery at its heart.
A stark and beautiful retelling of a set of tales told in shorter form in "The Silmarillion." Highly enjoyable for Tolkien fans, and possibly a good introduction to his work for any fan of mythology or heroic opera who hasn't read him (if there are any!), although probably not as likely to interest anyone who isn't otherwise a fan of either the writer or the genre.
An interesting series of snapshots, from varying perspectives,of the state of class divisions in the US in 2004, from the New York Times series. I found it had enough meat to stand up to a second reading (after I had read nearly all the pieces in the Times when they first came out). Includes pieces on the interconnections of class with family, marriage, education, health, housing patterns, and so on.
Fairly good basic guide, although I never found a description of how to sterilize jars and lids (!) - it's either buried or absent. My favorite part is the many recipes, a lot of them really interesting combinations. The couple I have tried worked great. A book I wouldn't trade away if I didn't need to reduce my book load pretty badly.
I wouldn't pay much for this, but worth chasing down on PBS or in the library to read with a glass of wine. It's funny in spots, but often repetitive (always the same 6 types immortals - which they refer to as "undead" even though some, like werewolves, are simply living). And a painless way to check out Gena Showalter's universe if you haven't done so before, which I hadn't.