Most of the holiday books I ordered a while ago showed up last week. I’ve already ripped through Call Me Ishmael, and now I’m trying to decide if I’ve got time to start another one of these before Canelli and I start IJ. Or maybe I should get back to The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay…
Here’s what has come so far:
- Condom Nation
- Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City – This one has turned out to be a surprisingly awesome book. I picked it up on a lark (heh), and when I first flipped it open, there was a shot of a juvenile red-tail hawk with a pigeon leg sticking out of its mouth. Just about as intense as Mother Nature gets.
- This Land: The Battle over Sprawl and the Future of America
- Call Me Ishmael – Amanda learned about this book back in the spring. Then I read this review over at biblioklept. So naturally this was the first thing I read when the books arrived. So intense and so awesome.
- The Myth of the Birth of the Hero
- The Trojan Epic
- The Theban Plays – Sophocles’s Oedipus trilogy. I don’t think I’ve read these since high school. So I’m going to hit these up again now.
- Extinction and Radiation – A thin, tall volume. Looks to be an interesting read about the extinction of the dinosaurs and the spread of mammals over the past 64 million years.
- Ducks, Geese, and Swans of North America
- The Large Hadron Collider
- Why Mars – This turned out to be a policy book about what it takes to mount a trip to Mars and how it’ll affect NASA and all that. Not too excited about it right now, but that might change.
- The Homeric Hymns
- Becoming Batman – I was expecting this to be something akin to The Physics of Superheroes, and I expected to gift this one to my sister’s kids. But it’s much more intense than that, and now I’m not sure what to do with it.
Most of these books are relatively thin and usually no more than 150-200 pages (well, Ducks is an insane two volume set). The problem, though, is that the typeface for most of them is about 10pt, which means it’s a lot of stuff packed into a relatively thin volume.