Apologies to my colleagues, who are probably reading other things by now, but for a week I kept forgetting to bring these notes home to work on them!
Sander: Dragons of Spring Dawning by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. This is the third part of the Dragonlance chronicles. It’s wonderful, standard quest stuff, I love it! A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire. This is really good. It’s part of a Wizard of Oz series, for adults, written from a different perspective. A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell. Because I’ve been meaning to read it for a while.
Martijn: The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Intriguing, depressing, but I have to know how it ends. Well-written.
Michael: Know What I Mean? by Michael Eric Dyson. It’s about hiphop and youth culture; it shows why hiphop fans are the way they are. The writer is a big hiphop fan himself, so he really understands it. Very good book. The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov. Only one more after this, and then I’ve read all of Asimov’s work!
Sophie: The Tales of the Otori by Lian Hearn. Wonderful series about feudal Japan. I loved all that strategizing, backstabbing, stealthing, unexpected (mis)forture, formalized tea ceremonies etc. It’s got me rereading Shogun now! I have to say that I read this series in the form of those lovely little books they’ve also been published in (rather than the box set pictured above), no bigger than your hand. There are six little books total, with each story chopped into two.