Monday, August 15, 2011

Monday Library Post, 8/15/2011

Three books today.

Jasper Fforde - One of our Thursdays is Missing

Fforde is a very odd man and he writes very odd novels. This is part of the Thursday Next series, and, beyond that, I know nothing - I grabbed it because I already know I like Jasper Fforde and Thursday Next.

Paolo Bacigalupi - Ship Breaker

I've tried a couple of Bacigalupi's books before, and for some reason I never finish them before they're due back. This is a YA novel, so maybe I'll be able to finish it in time. Bacigalupi writes in a post-apocalyptic world where bio-engineered foods have resulted in a world wide famine. This book is about people living on the fringes of society in Texas, making a living by busting up ships that drift in to shore from the Gulf of Mexico. His books tend to be depressing musings on human nature under considerable pressure.

Charles Stross - Rule 34

Rule 34: On the internet, if you can imagine it, there is porn for it. (that link, btw, is totally Safe For Work - it goes to an xkcd comic) In 2023, Liz Kavenaugh of the Edinburgh police department works with the Innovative Crime Investigation Unit - or the Rule 34 Squad - which keeps track of internet memes to see if people are getting up to actual illegal stuff. It's a murder mystery on the internet. Stross is good at these, so I'm looking forward to it. And I'm watching for a reference to this poster, which he swears he hasn't included in every book he writes...