The Sisters Brothers - just brought it back to the library. Surprises, gore, sensitive cowboy talk. an original voice and perspective.

The Sister Brothers: Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die: Eli and Charlie Sisters can be counted on for that. Though Eli has never shared his brother

or a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer - post cyberpunk if you can get your head around that! I read it years ago and it scary how prophetic in many ways.

The Diamond Age (Bantam Spectra Book) by Neal Stephenson

Harvest - careful writing, wonderful words

[Jim Crace] -- A remote English village wakes on the morning after harvest, looking forward to enjoying a hard-earned day of rest and feasting. But two mysterious columns of smoke mar the sky, raising alarm and .

love this time and place

The Painted Girls

The Painted Girls is the story of sisters Marie and Antoinette van Goethem, who live with their widowed, absinthe addicted mother and younger sister, Charlotte, in Paris in

I am only at page 43, and am confident that many of my friends will find this funny and charming

what to Read Next? Book: Come Thou Tortoise - Jessica Grant - A delightfully offbeat story that features an opinionated tortoise and an IQ-challenged narrator who find themselves in the middle of a life-changing mystery.

so spare. so well done

image of the book cover Love and Summer

a sardonic sense of humour, surprising constructions, loved the story of a book reading in another town.

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories by Hilary Mantel - A collection of contemporary short stories about England includes monster tales, near-memoir pieces, and mini-sagas of family and social fracture as triggered by sex, marriage, and class.

and it was nearly perfectly written

Harley Savage is a plain woman, a part-time museum curator and quilting expert with three failed marriages and a heart condition.