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Another fine mess

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Currently reading

Ottessa Moshfegh
Knife Fight and Other Struggles
David Nickle
Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity
Andrew Solomon
The Good Lord Bird
James McBride
Ancillary Justice
Ann Leckie
Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should Be Learning More (New Edition)
Derek Bok
Dissident Gardens
Jonathan Lethem
Nightmare Movies: Horror on Screen Since the 1960s
Kim Newman
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
James Gleick
Complete Novels
Dashiell Hammett, Steven Marcus

Year's Best SF 15

Year's Best SF 15 - David G. Hartwell,  Kathryn Cramer,  Vandana Singh,  Robert Charles Wilson,  Yoon Ha Lee,  Bruce Sterling,  Nancy Kress,  Ian Creasey,  Gwyneth Jones,  Gene Wolfe,  Marissa K. Lingen,  Peter Watts,  Paul Cornell,  Sarah L. Edwards,  Brian Stableford,  Peter M. Ball,  Ala Done and a bit disappointed -- but I'm tough on anthologies, which are a bit too much like a game of post office, back in junior high: every trip into the closet arousing great anticipatory glee, all too many quickly flaming out (bad breath, too aggressive, not aggressive enough), and even the good ones only a couple scrambled moments of heaven.

But damn if Peter Watts isn't a helluva kisser. (His story here is far and away the finest, and yet again I drum my fingers agitatedly on the table, waiting for his next novel. I'd also urge folks to track down his neat rewrite of John Carpenter's The Thing, "The Things"... found here in full-text or in podcast.)