technocracygirl: From A&E's Horatio Hornblower, Major Edrington is smirking and Horatio is looking abashed. (silliness)
I am finished with The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Jennifer 8 Lee. It was really good, up until the end, where what was breezy and interesting became tired and tedious. But a very nice look overall at the intersection of Chinese food and the rest of the world (but mostly America, natch.)

I am in the middle of Peter Sagal's (of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me fame) book, The Book of Vice. It is Dan Savage's Skipping Towards Gomorrah, but less...okay with the sinning. There is more than a faint whiff of privilege coming off of these pages. But it's still an okay read.

I am in the middle of some knitting mystery. It well written, for an interchangable paperback mystery.

I am finished with Royal Flush. It was pretty much what I expected; a Her Royal Spyness mystery. Which I enjoyed, because I like these creampuffs. But I also like Agatha Christies, so it's not much of a stretch. I've picked up The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin, which may have a similar theme going on, but isn't at all British. Which I do like.

A while ago I finished Ivan's War, after making it through Ghosts of the Ostfront and wanting more about the Ostfront. (I love the fact that the man puts up bibliographies!) Ivan's War was very good, but it's clear that Dan Carlin used it a lot when writing up GotO. Anyway, it got me thinking about a book I'd heard about on NPR, picked up from the library, and never finished. So once again, I'm making my way through Stalin: In the Court of the Red Tsar, which is absolutely unlike any history of this period that I have ever read. (Probably because I tend to read histories and not biographies.) It really looks at the personalities and people who orbited around Stalin as he became the leader, and the power plays and political games they played around each other. It's a very "Governmental Politics" book (viz. Zelikow) and all the more fascinating because I don't know many of the actors.

I am now on Facebook. I'm pretty much trying to only friend people I actually know, because it's freaking scary having your name out there for absolutely everyone to see. We'll see how long this lasts. I am, however, absolutely astonished by how many people are on the darned thing. It's...weird. I guess I'm just an LJ/DW kind of girl.

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