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The Man Who Would Be God ~ Paul Ruffin (1993) short stories (155 pgs)
Low key, off beat, odd little tales of strange people and goings on in East Texas.
Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet ~ Andrew Blum (2012) science, history (271 pgs)
A look at the actual physical core that makes up the internet, and how it grew and grows.
Calypso ~ David Sedaris (2018) essays (259 pgs)
More of the Sedaris view of life. More personal, and somewhat darker work this time, but still a treat to read.
The Science Fiction Century ~ David G. Hartwell (editor) (1997) sf short stories (1,005 pgs)
Huge volume with 46 authors spanning the entire 20th century of science fiction, back to 1895!
Take the Cannoli ~ Sarah Vowell (2000) essays (219 pgs)
More great, thoughtful, funny work from Sarah—and Tony Millionaire illustrations too!
Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey & Peter F.Neumeyer (2011) biography, art (252 pgs)
Gorey and author exchange letters around 1968. Interesting bits, love his work, but probably not been a friend with Gorey.
The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup ~ Susan Orlean (2001) essays (311 pgs)
Quick looks into the varied lives of people, famous and not, all around the world. Engrossing and fascinating.
From the Teeth of Angels ~ Jonathan Carroll (1994) novel (212 pgs)
Carroll’s style is always a joy to read, though I think this was more of a short story idea pushed out to make a novel.
The Last Days of New Paris ~ China Mieville (2016) fantasy (205 pgs)
Short one as heroes battle both Nazis and surrealist paintings come to life in an alternate Paris. Weirdly wonderful.
Emperor of the Air ~ Ethan Canin (1988) short stories (179 pgs)
Essence of modern short stories- well written, low-key slices of life, often no real beginning or ending. Interesting.
Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception ~ Charles Seife (2010) math, society (260 pgs)
How numbers can be used as propaganda, to prove pretty much what you want, if no one is paying attention.
Proud Monster ~ Ian MacMillan (1987) novel (140 pgs)
Gut-wrenching look at Eastern front in WW II, through a series of tight vignettes of people on all sides of conflict.
The Sugar Frosted Nutsack ~ Mark Leyner (2012) novel (247 pgs)
When you go meta on your meta-novel about a meta story that goes meta. “Bizarre” does not begin to cover this!
The Old Man and Mr. Smith ~ Peter Ustinov (1990) novel (261 pgs)
God and Satan show up on Earth and are confused by people. Fun if a bit obvious at times about how wacky we are.
Shady Characters ~ Keith Houston (2013) history, typography (250 pgs)
The origin stories for ampersand, hyphen, interrobang, and more odd punctuation marks—I love this stuff!
Marvel Comics: The Untold Story ~ Sean Howe (2012) history (432 pgs)
In depth history of the company, fascinating behind the scenes details of creative versus business ideas.
Sitting in My Booth: One Husky Man Selling His Art ~ Chris Paulsen (2019) humor, art (252 pgs)
Starts as funny stream-of-consciousness observations of people at art festivals, and gets even odder. Great fun.
The Shadow of the Wind ~ Carlos Ruiz Zafon (2001) novel (487 pgs)
Well written, but more of a gothic romance than the fantasy strangeness I had hoped it would be.
Everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too ~ Jonathan Sun (2017) cartoon book (304 pgs)
Simple cartoons and simplistic “lessons” of life. Have seen better on both levels.
A Twister of Twists, A Tangler of Tongues ~ Alvin Schwartz (1972) word play (118 pgs)
Most of these didn’t strike me as that much of a tongue twister, I think he cast his net too wide to collect these.
Luke Skywalker Can’t Read, And Other Geek Truths ~ Ryan Britt (2015) pop culture (205 pgs)
Funny series of essays taking deep dives into strange fan theories about popular sci-fi and fantasy culture.
Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling ~Ross King (2003) art, religion, history (318 pgs)
Wonderfully detailed account of the painting of the Sistine Chapel and all that that entailed.
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