The remaining books from previous queues...
- Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter: Been on the list for a long time, and I'm probably not going to tackle this one for this year. It's a very long (1000+ pages), dense text filled with philosophy and mathematics. I've been doing pretty well this year in terms of quantity of books, so I don't want to bog myself down with a book like this. However, I do think I'm going to focus on "long" books next year, so this will definitely be on tap for that book queue. More details on that project to follow!
- The Children of the Sky by Vernor Vinge: My status on this book is unchanged: I still want to read this (a continuation of Vinge's loosely linked Zones of Thought books), but initial reviews of this book seem to indicate that it ends on a cliffhanger and that another novel is forthcoming. I thus won't be reading this until I know more about when the presumed conclusion to the story will be available...
- Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris - Another long non-fiction book that I'll probably tackle next year. Again, just want to preserve the momentum I've built up this year.
- The Mongoliad: Book One (The Foreworld Saga) by Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, and others - This is just something I haven't gotten around to... but apparently a second volume is forthcoming, so I should probably hop to it. I've actually been waiting for my Amazon Prime book lending thingy to reset so I can get this one for free. Score.
- Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold (releases 11/6/12) - Hasn't come out yet, but I am going to read this one as soon as I possibly can. It will actually be perfect timing for me, just after the Halloween rush. Apparently you can buy a pre-release galley of this book or something, but I figure I'll just wait until the final version comes out.
In no particular order:
- Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday The 13th by Peter M. Bracke - I went a little nuts trying to find this a few years ago, and when I finally got my hands on a copy, I kinda forgot about it and haven't picked it up since. I figure it will make a good read during the six weeks of Halloween this year.
- Mucho Mojo by Joe R. Lansdale - Lansdale's second in a series of Texas crime novels featuring the unlikely duo of Hap Collins and Leonard Pine (the first, which I enjoyed even if it was a little on the predictable side, was on my previous book queue.)
- Morning Glories, Vol. 1: For a Better Future by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma - Yeah, so this one is a comic book omnibus recommended to me by my buddies Mike and Don over at Radio Free Echo Rift (an excellent podcast for all you comics fans out there and heck, I like it, and I don't even read much in the way of comics.) I have pretty much no idea what it's about (apparently a school is involved), but I'm pretty much just taking Mike and Don's word for it.
- The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester - One of those books that frequently pops up on best SF novel lists, something I've been trying to wittle down for a while now.
- Jack Glass by Adam Roberts - Only recently released, but for some reason, not available on the Kindle. I suppose it's got to be available in ebook format somewhere though, and I do want to read this book, supposedly a mashup of locked-room mysteries and crime tropes with golden age SF.
- The Gift of Fire / On the Head of a Pin: Two Short Novels from Crosstown to Oblivion by Walter Mosley - Two interesting sounding stories in one book. I don't remember where I heard of this, but I'm glad I stuck it in the queue, as it sounds pretty interesting.
- Red, White, and Blood by Christopher Farnsworth - The third in a series of trashy vampire spy novels that I've come to enjoy.
- The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold - Since I've mostly exhausted Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga, I figured I should probably start hitting up her fantasy novels too.
- Among Others by Jo Walton - Just won the 2012 Hugo Award for best novel. A little surprising, actually, as smart money was on the China Mieville or George R.R. Martin books, but not having read any of the nominees, I can't say for sure. Still, the annual bitching about nominees seemed to indicate that Walton's book was actually a worthy nominee but that it would probably not win because it was not as fancy as other noms, so it's nice to see that it actually did win.
Update: Just added Among Others to the list.