For some reason this year I’m getting into the Holiday spirits. I would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah or happy whatever else you might be celebrating.
Clearly, you should take advantage and celebrate Festivus tonight with your family or friends. This year seems most appropriate for this celebration, as it involves rituals like the Airing of Grievances. This ritual consists of lashing out at others and the world about how one has been disappointed in the past year. So pack your bags, we’re going on a guilt trip.
I’ll take a stab at complaining about the weather in Santa Barbara. It has been raining lately and it has been cold (about 50 at night). What gives? I was promised eternal perfect weather when I moved here.
In more news of the world, Cara King has a great post about 2008 . Cara is a good friend and a writer. She writes amazingly funny new year’s letters that I look forward to every year.
Also, you should check Dmitry’s Xmas entry for today. That could put you in the mood to have some fun.
Now, being slightly more serious, you might not have found time to stuff your stockings yet. So as a public service I’ve made a stocking stuffer list at Amazon for those people who like reading Science Fiction and Fantasy. It contains some of my favorite books and authors with descriptions of my impressions. These books I’ve selected are not your standard SF&F. Rather they are darker and more visceral than many others out there: not for the faint of heart. I chose three authors, two books each. Best of all, you don’t have to like them.
For those who prefer links to Wikipedia instead, here they are
The algebraist, by Iain M. Banks.
Look to windward, by Iain M. Banks.
Imajica, by Clive Barker
Weaveworld, by Clive Barker
Perdido street Station, by China Mieville
Iron Council, by China Mieville
Also, while you are at it, feel free to add your own favorite stocking stuffer material below. Some of the readers might appreciate it.
Finally, I learned today that yesterday was the 150th anniversary of Puccini’s birth.
Coincidentally I was listening to Tosca two nights ago, in a version with A. Georghiu as Tosca. I love Puccini’s operas, especially Turandot (which unfortunately was left unfinished by Puccini). The main reason I like it is because the music is really different in style from anything else.