Ms. Kondo may well be good at organizing and helping people find ways to de-clutter and tidy their lives. But she can keep her sparkling woo away from my bookshelves.
Once again, I’ve read through all of the nominated works for this year’s Philip K. Dick Awards. Made it with two weeks to spare this time. Here are my thoughts on each of the nominated books, in order from my least favorite to my personal favorite and pick for the award. A strong slate this year, there wasn’t a single one that I didn’t enjoy at least a little bit.
Here are my thoughts on each of the nominated books, in order from my least favorite to my personal favorite and pick for the award.
Looks like a very interesting lineup of nominees for this year’s P.K. Dick awards!
The list has nothing to do with the BBC — the closest the BBC gets is The Big Read, a 2003 list of Britain’s 100 most popular books as determined by BBC viewer nominations — and actually appears to be taken from a 2007 article in _The Guardian_, reporting on the results of a poll of 2,000 people by the World Book Day website.
Obviously, a list like this one is subject to a _lot_ of debate due to everyone’s personal taste. Still, it’s not a bad list of works. Herewith, in true blog-meme style, the list, with those that I’ve read in **bold**.
For a few years now, I’ve been using LibraryThing to track my book collection. Ever since Prairie and I moved in together, we’ve been occasionally talking about adding her books to the listing…and now, the project is done: our entire library — all 1,465 books — is cataloged!
Following up, in a way, to a quote from Stephen King that I posted a couple weeks ago, comes this essay by Steven Millhauser, The Ambition of the Short Story.