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[livejournal.com profile] annikusrex gave me Hild (Nicola Griffith) while I was up in Seattle over Thanksgiving. Highly imaginative, lovingly crafted historical fiction about an advisor to the king during the seventh century (this review on NPR provides a more extensive synopsis). I was overwhelmed by the names and locations, but that did not prevent me from following the main storyline. The book reminds me, to some extent, of Anne Lamott's exhortations to "write to discover."

I'd recommend it. It removed the bad taste that The Circle left in my mouth. I really appreciated the exploration of the religious beliefs during that time period.

Reading material currently sitting next to my bed:
-Two books on getting a job
-2001: A Space Odyssey
-The Randonneurs USA Members' Handbook
-Godel, Escher, Bach
-Gnarr: How I Became the Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World ([livejournal.com profile] scrottie laughed a lot as he read it)
-Big pile of New Yorkers from 2012 (I think I've made it through 2/3rds of them already)

I have one last book to reluctantly return to the university library here. It's an academic book that would cost me ~$250 to buy for myself, on a highly specialized subject (Herbivory of Leaf-Cutting Ants).

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