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reviews are all positive: if I don't like it, I
don't promote it. I have also included pages with
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The best in what is happening now.
The joy of this book is its heroine, a
cynical, "scandalous" author living in the
mud of Oregon in 1906. At the climax of the
novel, she transforms into a para-verbal
creature of the wild, and then sees the
human world from the outside. Gloss handles
the worldview transition with astonishing
skill in this understated slice of life.
Winner of the Tiptree Award.
More by Gloss.
Sometimes light-hearted, sometimes deadly
serious. Near-Death Experiences, hospital
politics, quacks, real science,
resurrection, and the Titanic. If you can't
imagine how these subjects can coalesce,
you must read Willis.
More by Willis.
A Paradigm of Earth
Aliens visit the earth in the form of
blank, infantile persons, to soak up earth
culture and understand humanity. One comes
to live in a home of broken, edgy,
counter-culture misfits and the alien and
hero discover (or rediscover) humanity
Harry Potter Series
Forget the hype and the movie, this is a
great story. Epic high fantasy with a
twist. Can Harry save the world without
getting detention? One of the best
children's authors of all time. Bright
characters, playful attitude, tight plots,
For those looking for inside tips on
Hogwarts, may I recommend the boxed set
Hogwarts Library, including
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find
Them, and Quidditch Through the
Ages. A benefit for Comic Relief UK.
More by Connie Willis
The Doomsday Book
A deeply spiritual book. A young graduate
student undertakes a reckless solo
time-travel to the 14th century, with the
aid of an ambitious but dim department
head. What transpires reminds me of nothing
so much as Endo Shusaku's classic
Silence, as Willis confronts the
ancient question of "Where is God when
terrible things happen?" Her answer is
To Say Nothing of the
Set in the same world as The Doomsday
Book, but here her profundity is
replaced with absurdity, as the very fabric
of space time is threatened by an event
that has something to do with the battle of
Waterloo, a Victorian debutante's
love-life, Jerome K. Jerome, a bishop's
bird stump, and the survival of cats, to
say nothing of the dog. Willis's wit is at
its shining best.
Click here for a selection of other
books by Connie Willis, you can hardly
More by Molly Gloss
The Dazzle of the Day
A thoughtful story of Quaker colonists who have grown up on a "habitat" spaceship, making
the decision to colonize a very marginal world, or to seek another
world, that only their descendents will live to see. The familiarity
of home--however rudimentary. The fear of the unknown. Heartbreak. And
the patient quest for truth and consensus.
The Jump-Off Creek
A woman moves out to a homestead up the Jump-Off Creek, in the
backwoods of Oregon. A bleak slice of life in the real West:
the austere poverty, the insubstantial yet powerful ties of community,
the painful yet important propriety. A change of policy two thousand
miles away can destroy a way of life here, and render whole groups of people
desperate and bitter. Only pig-headed stubbornness can help one