sci-fi sideswipe

I’ve suddenly gotten all excited about books again. I’m on some kind of weird book/game/movie oscillation pattern. This may or may not have been sparked by my finishing the last graphic novel in the sandman series late last week. I put it down, sighed one of those soul-shattering life-altering sighs, and went straight into book-hunting mode looking for the next thing that would fill that aching, gaping void in my consciousness where and unfinished novel need reside.

Then, of course, I skipped over all the novels sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read.

Instead I decided I really want the new Iain M. Banks novel, The Algebraist. But it’s only been released in the UK, so I was going to order it from But then I thought maybe someone locally would have already done the importing for me, and I could buy it from them faster and maybe even cheaper. But if any of them had copies, all the local stores have since sold out. (It was released several months ago, but I just didn’t know it until recently.)

Of course I discovered it isn’t around locally after I jumped the gun and ordered Richard K. Morgan’s new (UK released only) book Woken Furies, which is a sequel to Altered Carbon and Broken Angels, both of which I enjoyed immensely.

Now I have far too many books lined up to start reading, and my amazon order hasn’t even shipped yet.

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