Library

BOOKS! I love 'em, I read 'em, I take notes on them here so you don't have to (but you should. Really. They're good. Well, some of them...). I have a lot of thoughts about books in general, book design, and stories. Those are in my Notes garden. The Library just for notes from books I've read, the awesome ideas within those stories, and the thoughts they spawn.

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Recent Reads

Underland

A tour of the underland, deep time, and our living earth. Underland drips with poetic prose that will ensure you never see the world the same way again.

Mexican Gothic

With a killer premise (Mexican gothic horror with a socialite heroine) and rave reviews, I wanted so badly to love Mexican Gothic. Unfortunately with a reliance on revulsion over horror and telling rather than showing, it was not for me.

Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen #1)

A fantasy epic that actually fulfills on the 'epic', packing in everything and the kitchen sink except exposition.

Piranesi

An atmospheric exploration of the perils of pursuing progress at all cost who suffered from a severe case of overhyping.

Sabriel (The Old Kingdom #1)

The usual kid's book featuring heroic necromancers and an undead apocalypse in an original fantasy setting... wait, what?

Central Station

A collection of brain-bending sci-fi worldbuilding vignettes masquerading as a story. But dang if there aren't some brilliant ideas in there.

Follow This Thread

A history of mazes and labyrinths that has you literally twisting and turning the book.

The Spy and the Traitor

The true story of Oleg Gordievsky, MI6's highest ranking KGB double agent, in all it's brilliant but painstaking detail.

The Wandering Earth

A Song for a New Day

An eerily prescient novel about finding freedom with live music in the wake of a pandemic which left gatherings banned and everyone hiding in their homes and virtual worlds.