Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

pro options

I'm already thinking about what book I'm going to be reading next. The Super Bowl and the AFC/NFC Championships will help me decide which one. Four books, four teams. Here they are:
AFC
New England Patriots
(Ubik by Philip K. Dick)
vs.
Indianapolis Colts
(The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene)
 
NFC
Seattle Seahawks
(Shadow Puppets by Orson Scott Card)
vs.
Green Bay Packers
(Bug Jack Barron by Norman Spinrad)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

college option

I decided at the last minute to do a College National Champion version of the Super Bowl reading option I do every year. I only wish I'd thought of it sooner so I could have picked four books Instead of just two. Here are the chosen ones:
A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
(Ohio State)
vs.
The Steampunk Trilogy - Paul DiFilippo
(Oregon)
Next book I read is decided by the National Championship Game. Good luck, teams!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

annual favorite 2014

This year's Upside Your Mind favorite book is:
The Wise Man's Fear
by
Patrick Rothfuss.
***
Runner up:
Fiendish Schemes
by
KW Jeter

Monday, December 29, 2014

2014

Books I read this year.
  1. Homunculus - James P. Blaylock
  2. Dinner at Deviant's Palace - Tim Powers
  3. Shockwave Rider - John Brunner
  4. Get Jiro! - Anthony Bourdain
  5. 1984 - George Orwell
  6. Underground 3: Rowlf - Richard Corben
  7. Lux the Poet - Martin Millar
  8. Ender in Exile - Orson Scott Card
  9. Dune - Frank Herbert
  10. The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss
  11. A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. LeGuin
  12. Secrets of the Shopping Mall - Richard Peck
  13. Eye in the Sky - Philip K. Dick
  14. The Visible Man - Chuck Klosterman
  15. Hylozoic - Rudy Rucker
  16. Fiendish Schemes - KW Jeter
  17. The Big Chunk of Ice - Bertrand Brinley

Sunday, November 16, 2014

recommended

Someone on reddit recently asked what is an amazing book from a genre I typically don't read. Here's my recommendation. Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb. It's a whodunit set at a science fiction convention.