Current Distractions, July 2011 Edition

Well it's summer, so I hope you guys don't need a whole lot more justification than that.

But in case you do need more, I'll tell you that I've been in Montreal (if you follow me on Twitter you may have figured out something to that effect).

This is all I'm going to tell you about it, though.
Well, I'll also tell you that I read three books over the course of the trip, but none were my assigned reading:

Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett - This is only the third Discworld novel, and not as strong as some of the later books.  I enjoy the Witches a lot, and from what I've read of the Discworld series so far, they're at their best in the Tiffany Aching books.  (And p.s. if you're ever looking for a YA series with a kickass girl as the main character, you don't need to look any further.)

Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá - A highly amazing non-fiction book about human sexuality and wtf is going on when it comes to sex and why things are the way they are.  As if I needed any more convincing that the Stone Age was pure awesome.  This book should be required reading for all romance novelists.

The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling - Prototypical steampunk, enjoyable but missing a certain something that I can't quite put my finger on.

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