I've finished a handful of short books over the past couple of weeks.
Finished Sanderson's The Rithmatist, which was a quick, fun read set in a magic steam-punk world with a chalk-based magic system. Looking forward to the sequel)
Then I read The Emperor's Soul, also by Brandon Sanderson. I seem to remember reading that he set out to make it a short story, but it turned into a ~175 page novella. I thought is was a very good piece, which hinted at a lot of interesting ideas that were beyond the scope of that short-ish work.
Next up, Arthur C. Clarke's 2001. I had never seen the movie, so I went into the book thinking is was about a computer that had gone crazy. Well, I was wrong. I was really impressed by the writing, and struck at how different the tone and pacing is from more recent fiction. It seemed to put a lot more weight on ideas and tone than action. What I've read of Asimov, it might have been the style at the time. I liked it! Unless the wisdom of the JoCo forum says otherwise, I'm going to pretend there are no sequels to this book. I can live with the ambiguity of that ending.
Today I read Silver Linings Playbook. Saw the movie a few weeks back, and liked it. You guys here seemed to like it. And yeah, I liked it. Liked it enough to read the whole thing in a day. It had a very different tone from the movie. I think the changes made for the movie made for a better movie. But I'm glad I experienced both stories.
Hooray for books!
Lots of mention of those Dresden Files books. I think I'll check them out sometime. For now, I just finished reading "Quiet: The Power of Introverts. . . ." As an introvert, myself, I thought I might learn something. I guess I did learn that there have been studies showing that western culture is geared towards the extrovert. Other than that, I didn't find the book to have much to say beyond "people are complicated".
So I started reading Cryptonomicon. So far (p. ~80) I like it MUCH better than Anathem.
> [...] the first of Mary Robinette Kowal's Glamourist Histories.
I totally read this as "the first of May - crap, let's try that again."
I recently had my first Octavia Butler experience, reading "Kindred." I wish I had known about her sooner! Now the part of me that wants to read her entire ouevre, is waging war against the part of me that says I only have so many years in this life and I haven't read, for example, any Thomas Pychon yet.