Christmas means many things to people, for some it’s about being with family, for others it has religious significance, often for the children it’s a time of receiving gifts. I enjoy and celebrate all of those things at Christmastime, I enjoy the baking my wife and I do for family and friends, enjoy the annual Christmas open house, the music, decorating, all of it – except wrapping at which I am all thumbs. For me, one of the best things is opening gifts on Christmas morning, and I always hope to find books under the tree. In that regard, this year was wildly successful.
Here’s the run-down on what Santa (and the various elves here at home – and in bookshops near and far – delivered. Some of these were on a wish list, which my wife and family insist I make each year, some were intuitive guesses, some came completely out of the blue. All are welcome.
science fiction (10) – Ben Bova: Mars, Return to Mars, Mars Life; Kristine Kathryn Rusch: the Retrieval Artist series books I didn’t have: Extremes, Duplicate Effort, Buried Deep, Consequences, Paloma, Recovery Man, as well as her newest, a non-series (or new series?) Diving into the Wreck , Glen Cook: Passage At Arms,
mystery (6) – Alexander McCall Smith: The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by , Robert Leslie Bellem: The Case Files of Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective Volume 1, The Spicy Years, The Case Files of Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective Volume 2, The Middle Years, The Case Files of Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective Volume 3, The Tamer Years, Robert Crais: The Watchman, Don Winslow: The Dawn Patrol
fantasy (1) – Jay Lake: Trial of Flowers
cook book (1) Alton Brown: Good Eats, the Early Years
art – David Saunders: Norman Saunders life and work, coffee table book
general fiction (1) Garrison Keillor: A Christmas Blizzard