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Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth
J.R.R. Tolkien
Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension
Michio Kaku
Swords in the Mist
Fritz Leiber
Helping Children with Autism Learn: Treatment Approaches for Parents and Professionals
Bryna Siegel
The Apex Book of World SF
Lavie Tidhar, Dean Francis Alfar, S.P. Somtow, Jetse de Vries, Kaaron Warren, Zoran Živković, Aliette de Bodard, Mélanie Fazi, Tunku Halim, Anil Menon, Jamil Nasir, Nir Yaniv, Aleksandar Žiljak, Han Song, Guy Hasson, Kristin Mandigma, Yang Ping
The Hugo Award Showcase
Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Bear, John Kessel, Nancy Kress, Robert Reed, Michael Swanwick, Kij Johnson, James Alan Gardner, Ian McDonald
Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa
Jason K. Stearns
The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to Be a Better Husband
David Finch
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories
Jeff VanderMeer, Ann VanderMeer
Plastic: A Toxic Love Story

Live and Let Die (James Bond Novels)

Live and Let Die - Ian Fleming A compelling breezy read, but marred by some artifacts of its time, the main one being the sort of patronizing colonialism embedded in the POV (whether neutral or character embedded) that just plain feels racist throughout. Chapter titles like "Nigger Heaven" don't help either. While some might feel that Fleming's portrayal or Harlem or creation of a Black supervillain were progressive in 1956, there are so many Jim Crow era tropes (bulging eyes, comparisons to apes, lust for the white woman, all being superstitious) that's it's quite jarring to read in 2013. Some of the underwater sequences (esp. Octopus) also feel a bit silly by modern standards, but the writing throughout is admirably lean and the descriptions often striking. And some of the set pieces -- esp the gunfight with Robber -- are just superb.I would actually love to read a re-hash of this story from the point of view of Mr. Big, as he tries to exist in a world where whites project all their fears onto him.