September 2012 books

This is the latest post in a series I started in late 2019, anticipating the twentieth anniversary of my bookblogging which will fall in 2023. Every six-ish days, I've been revisiting a month from my recent past, noting work and family developments as well as the books I read in that month. I've found it a pleasantly cathartic process, especially in recent circumstances. If you want to look back at previous entries, they are all tagged under bookblog nostalgia.

September started for me with the seating of Loncon 3 as the winning bid for the 2014 Worldcon, without opposition, and most of my spare time during the month was spent on Worldcon stuff. I got the news that we had won in Tbilisi, where I spent nine days with my Georgian client at the start of the month, culminating in an election rally in Telavi. I went back at the end of the month for the election itself. During my first visit, John McCain came by to say hello to my client:

I also took a moment to admire the art collection:

Here['s a set of links about North Sentinel Island.

I read 25 books in September 2012.

Non-fiction 2 (YTD 41)
Not of this World? by Glenn Jordan
Representing Autism: Culture, Narrative, Fascination, by Stuart Murray

Fiction (non-sf) 8 (YTD 36)
The Very Last Gambado, by Jonathan Gash
Independent People, by Halldór Laxness
Q, by Luther Blissett
The Firefly Gadroon, by Jonathan Gash
The Vatican Rip, by Jonathan Gash
Blood Hunt, by "Jack Harvey" (Ian Rankin)
The Sleepers of Erin, by Jonathan Gash
A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens

SF (non-Who) 5 (YTD 55)
Assassin's Apprentice, by Robin Hobb
The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, edited by George Mann
Powers, by Ursula Le Guin
Dagger Magic, by Katherine Kurtz and Deborah Turner Harris
The War of the Jewels, by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien

Who 8 (YTD 58)
The Undertaker's Gift, by Trevor Baxendale
Doctor Who – The Gunfighters, by Donald Cotton
The Peacemaker, by James Swallow

Doctor Who (The Scripts): The Tomb of the Cybermen, by Gerry Davis & Kit Pedler
Set Piece, by Kate Orman
The Banquo Legacy, by Andy Lane and Justin Richards
Sightseeing in Space: Terminal of Despair, by Steve Lyons
Sightseeing in Space: Web in Space!, by David Bailey

Comics 2 (YTD 19)
Aldébaran 1: La Catastrophe, by Leo
Ōoku: The Inner Chambers vol.5, by Fumi Yoshinaga

~7,600 pages (YTD 62,500)
4/25 (YTD 59/213) by women (Le Guin, Hobb, Orman, Yoshinaga)
1/25 (YTD 9/213) by PoC (Yoshinaga)

A lot of good books this month, of which the best was an old favourite, A Tale of Two Citiesyou can get it here. Best new read was Robin Hobb's Assassin's Apprenticeyou can get it here. I gave up on Dagger Magic on page 72; you can get it here. Also not impressed by Lovejoy's adventures in Rome; you can get The Vatican Rip here.

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  1. In slight defence of Time After Time (which I have only ever seen bits of), from what I can tell, it’s one of those films where the 4 people who have actually seen it all really love it. On film-blogs it quite often comes up when they talk about under-rated sci-fi gems.

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