io9 is a blog that confuses me. The tag line is "We come from the future," which is open enough to allow them to post whatever they like (and who am I to tell them how to live their lives?) but to me I think of it as a science fiction/fantasy blog.
They do, in fact, post lots of SSF stuff, which is why I subscribe, but they also post random crap which I skip. No biggie, but it does confuse me.
Now, I'm afraid, I must question their SSF taste. Today Annalee Newitz posted this intriguingly titled post: This Fall's Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books. I love books! I love lists! I love the Fall! I dove into the list and found this:
Parasite, by Mira Grant (Orbit)
Grant is the author of the amazing zombie journalism series, Newsflesh — and now, she's back with a new series about a biotech dystopia. In the near future, everybody is free of disease thanks to genetically modified tapeworms that live in our guts. Unfortunately, it turns out that these little creatures have an agenda of their own.
I haven't read Parasite, since it isn't out and all, and it might be great. I have read the Newsflesh series (here, here, and here) and I can tell you one thing it is not: amazing. Unless, of course, Annalee meant "amazingly terrible."
I think I'll take this list with an iceberg of salt. I am looking forward to The Republic of Thieves, though.
I love the The Free Library of Philadelphia. Which is why I often shop at the two used bookshops the Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia operate: The Book Corner right next to the main library and The Next Page at 8th and Chestnut.
Marisa and I found ourselves at the Chestnut Street location yesterday and within 30 seconds being in the store I found one book I had been wanting. I quickly found two more books and then decided I should leave before I found even more books!
The three books I picked up are:
I was surprised to see each of these books in the store since they are all pretty recent releases, but I'm not complaining. And after looking at Amazon, all these books are new enough that the price I paid for the physical copy was less than the Kindle version (and less than any of the used copies available on Amazon itself).
I get neat books for cheap and support the Free Library. What's not to like?
I don't know what they say about me, but it probably isn't good.
And for the sake of completeness, here are the last 10 Kindle books I've purchased: