What I’ve been reading

1. Baba Yaga Laid an Egg, by Dubravka Ugresic.  These interrelated stories, which concern the aging of women, are so far my favorite fiction of the year.  This was from a Bookslut recommendation; here is one review.

2. Ender's Shadow, by Orson Scott Card.  Not as good as Ender's Game and the trilogy, but still worth reading if you have an interest in the series.

3. Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  Some parts of this story are very good, but overall I felt manipulated by the author and I was glad when it was over.  I prefer Henning Mankell.

4. Mikhail Lermontov, A Hero of Our Time.  This new translation is a big improvement on the old and thus a chance to rediscover a classic of Russian literature.

5. The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ is Wrong, by David Shenk.  There's nothing new in here, plus not everybody can be a genius.


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