Various Book Things, 12/5/08

Some book-related notes:

1. I’m going into Jay & Mary’s Book Center to sign books this weekend, so today is a fine time to give them a call and order some books to have me sign and personalize for holiday gifts. I’ll be doing this for at least a couple of more weeks, but as you know, holiday mail being what it is, the sooner y’all get your orders in, the better.

2. Speaking of Jay & Mary’s Book Center, author and Whatever reader Ian Randal Strock will be there on Sunday as part of his Midwest tour supporting his new book, The Presidential Book of Lists — and he’s dropping on other places in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky from today, when he’s at the Wright State University Bookstore, through the 14th of December. Here’s his entire tour itinerary — if he’s near you, why not stop in, say hello, and pick up the book.

3. METAtropolis, the audiobook anthology I wrote with Elizabeth Bear, Tobias Buckell, Jay Lake and Karl Schroeder, was selected as one of the Best Audiobooks of 2008 by the folks at iTunes. Go us. You can see this accolade for yourself by clicking into iTunes’ audiobook section. While there, if you’ve not already picked up METAtropolis, you might, you know, think about doing so. Maybe. If you want. No pressure or anything.

4. By the way, be sure to congratulate Toby Buckell, since his latest book The Cole Protocol will be dropping in on the New York Times Trade Paperback Bestseller List at #4. Which is pretty damn nifty.

5. Folks who regularly purchase eBooks through Baen’s WebScriptions program have noted the appearance of two of my books there, so I thought I’d share such information with the rest of you: Both of my Whatever-based books, You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop and Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded are available there, and for very reasonable prices. So if you’ve been looking for a version of these books you can take with you electronically, and to appreciate the delicious recursiveness of electronic versions of print versions of words originally published electronically, now’s your chance. Both are also still available in print, however, if you’d prefer them that way.

6. Finally, remember that if you’re looking for book as gift ideas, there are 100+ suggestions from your fellow Whatever readers right here. You can’t blame us if you can’t think of anything.

By John Scalzi

I enjoy pie.

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Here’s Bush’s reading list (from 2007)

Quick Red Fox by John D. MacDonald
The Dreadful Lemon Sky by John D. MacDonald
After Fidel: The Inside Story of Castro’s Regime and Cuba’s Next Leaderby Brian Latell
Challenger Park by Stephen Harrigan
Flashman at the Charge by George MacDonald Fraser
Finding Fish: A Memoirby Antwone Quenton Fisher
Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Differentby Gordon S. Wood
The Bridge at Andau by James Michener
Flash for Freedom by George MacDonald Fraser
Mayflower : A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick
Through a Glass, Darkly : A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery by Donna Leon
Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson
Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles that Shaped American History by Craig L. Symonds
The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruthby Leigh Montville
Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero by David Maraniss
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird & Martin J. Sherwin
The Messengerby Daniel Silva
The Places in Between by Rory Stewart
Beach Road by James Patterson & Peter de Jonge
Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power by Richard Carwardine
Polio: An American Storyby David Oshinsky
The Stranger by Albert Camus
Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural by Ronald C. White, Jr.
Promised Land, Crusader State by Walter McDougall
Cinnamon Skin: Travis McGee Mysteries by John D. MacDonald
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Off topic.

I was in Warwicks bookstore in La Jolla today and saw two John Scalzi paperbacks. I would have bought them but I couldn’t remember if I already owned them or not.

What do we learn from this?

1) Warwicks stocks the books so it’s a good store.

2) La Jolla residents know that Warwicks is a fantastic independent bookstore (try and do a signing there some day). It stocks the books so John Scalzi is a good writer.

3) I need more sleep to be able to remember what books I won.

4) I’m procrastinating to avoid writing a Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation preliminary proposal for NSF.

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