Contents

  1. Introduction: Active Reading

  2. Looking for Mister Write (1989)

  3. How I Got Here (in 1998)

  4. About the Negative Review

  5. On Reviewing

  6. I. #

    1. 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel, Jane Smiley

    2. 1997 Award-nominated Short Fiction

    3. 5 Novels, Daniel Pinkwater

  7. II. A

    1. The Acceptance World, Anthony Powell

    2. 1. Across the Wounded Galaxies, ed. by Larry McCaffrey

    3. 2. Addicted to Humour

    4. 3. Adventures in the Screen Trade, William Goldman

    5. Again, Dangerous Visions, ed. Harlan Ellison

    6. 4. Against a Dark Background, Iain M. Banks

    7. 5. Age of Wonders, David Hartwell

    8. 6. Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do, Peter McWilliams

    9. 7. The Aleph and Other Stories, Jorge Luis Borges

    10. 8. The Algebraist, Iain Banks

    11. 9. All About Strange Monsters of the Recent Past, Howard Waldrop

    12. 10. Alternate Oscars, Danny Peary

    13. 11. Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman

    14. 12. Angel Island, Inez Hayes Gilmore

    15. 13. Angels & Insects, A.S. Byatt

    16. 14. Anime Explosion, Patrick Drazen

    17. 15. Anno Dracula, Kim Newman

    18. 16. The Annotated Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

    19. 17. Antiquities, John Crowley

    20. 18. Anything Considered, Peter Mayle

    21. 19. Arcadia, Tom Stoppard

    22. 20. Archer's Goon, Diana Wynne Jones

    23. 21. The Areas of My Expertise, John Hodgman

    24. 22. As She Climbed Across the Table, Jonathan Lethem

    25. 23. At Lady Molly's, Anthony Powell

    26. 24. Author's Choice Monthly

    27. 25. Autumn, Anthony Powell

    28. 26. The Awakening, Kate Chopin

  8. III. B

    1. 27. By Bizarre Hands, Joe R. Lansdale

    2. 28. Bad Trips, ed. by Keith Fraser

    3. 29. Balkan Hours, Richard Bassett

    4. 30. Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Frank Miller and Lynn Varley

    5. 31. The Beak of the Finch, Jonathan Weiner

    6. 32. The Bear Went Over the Mountain, William Kotzwinkle

    7. 33. Becoming a Writer, Dorothea Brande

    8. 34. The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie R. King

    9. 35. Beginning, Kenneth Branagh

    10. 36. Bellwether, Connie Willis

    11. 37. Beloved, Toni Morrison

    12. 38. Beowulf

    13. 39. The Best American Comics 2006

    14. 40. Between the Woods and the Water, Patrick Leigh Fermor

    15. 41. Beyond Life, James Branch Cabell

    16. 42. Bible Stories for Adults, James Morrow

    17. 43. Black and Blue, Ian Rankin

    18. 44. The Black Company, Glen Cook

    19. 45. Black Orchid, Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean

    20. 46. Blackadder, Richard Curtis et al.

    21. 47. Blacks, Gwendolyn Brooks

    22. 48. Blast from the Past, Ben Elton

    23. 49. Bliss, Peter Carey

    24. 50. Bloodchild and Other Stories, Octavia E. Butler

    25. 51. Blue Heaven, Joe Keenan

    26. 52. Blue Road, Windy Baboulene

    27. 53. Blue World, Robert McCammon

    28. 54. The Bone Forest, Robert Holdstock

    29. 55. The Book of Bourbon, Gary Regan and Mardee Haidin Regan

    30. 56. The Book of God, Walter Wangerin, Jr.

    31. 57. The Bone People, Keri Hulme

    32. 58. Book Publishing, John P. Dessauer

    33. 59. Books Do Furnish a Room, Anthony Powell

    34. 60. The Books of Magic, John Ney Reiber

    35. 61. The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan

    36. 62. Bring on the Girls, P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton

    37. 63. Bronze Mirror, Jeanne Larsen

    38. 64. Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede, Bradley Denton

    39. 65. A Buyer's Market, Anthony Powell

    40. Book by Book, Michael Dirda

  9. IV. C

    1. 66. The Cabell Scene, Robert H. Canary

    2. 67. Caedmon's Hymn

    3. 68. The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book, Bill Watterson

    4. 69. Canal Dreams, Iain Banks

    5. 70. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.

    6. 71. Carter Beats the Devil, Glen David Gold

    7. 72. Cause of Death, Keith D. Wilson

    8. 73. Cerebus: Reads and Minds, Dave Sim

    9. 74. Changing Places, David Lodge

    10. 75. Chase the Morning, Michael Scott Rohan

    11. 76. The Chess Garden, Brooks Hansen

    12. 77. Children of the Night, Dan Simmons

    13. 78. China: Was (Not Was)

    14. 79. City of Djinns, William Dalrymple

    15. 80. City of the Iron Fish, Simon Ings

    16. 81. City of Truth, James Morrow

    17. 82. Clay's Ark, Octavia Butler

    18. 83. Clinker Islands, Lillian Otterman

    19. 84. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons

    20. 85. Colloquium on Crime, ed. by Robin W. Winks

    21. 86. The Color of Distance, Amy Thomson

    22. 87. Comic Book Culture, Matthew Pustz

    23. 88. Comics & Sequential Art, Will Eisner

    24. 89. Coming to Terms with the Great Plague, Brian Stableford

    25. 90. Committed

    26. 91. The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged), The Reduced Shakespeare Company

    27. 92. The Complete Frank Miller Spider-Man

    28. 93. Complicity, Iain Banks

    29. 94. Confucius Lives Next Door, T.R. Reid

    30. 95. Contending Forces, Pauline Hopkins

    31. 96. Conversations with Stalin, Milovan Djilas

    32. 97. The Cornish Trilogy, Robertson Davies

    33. 98. Count Geiger's Blues, Michael Bishop

    34. 99. Crossing the Mangrove, Maryse Conde

    35. 100. The Crow Road, Iain Banks

    36. 101. Crystal Express, Bruce Sterling

    37. 102. The Cyanide Canary, Joseph Hilldorfer and Robert Dugoni

    38. 103. Cyber Rights, Mike Godwin

    39. 104. The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age, Stanislaw Lem

  10. V. D

    1. Dusty in Memphis, Warren Zanes

    2. 105. Danger Music, Stepan Chapman

    3. Dangerous Visions, ed. Harlan Ellison

    4. 106. The Dark is Rising sequence, Susan Cooper

    5. 107. Darkness Casts No Shadow, Arnost Lustig

    6. 108. Data Smog, David Shenk

    7. 109. The Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey

    8. 110. Death Be Not Proud

    9. 111. The Deptford Trilogy, Robertson Davies

    10. 112. The Devouring Fungus, Karla Jennings

    11. 113. The Diamond Age, Neal Stephenson

    12. 114. Did She Fall?, Thorne Smith

    13. 115. The Dilbert Principle, Scott Adams

    14. 116. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick

    15. 117. Doing Business on the Internet, Mary Cronin

    16. 118. Doomsday Book, Connie Willis

    17. 119. Door Number Three, Patrick O'Leary

    18. 120. The Doorbell Rang, Rex Stout

    19. 121. A Dozen Tough Jobs, Howard Waldrop

    20. 122. The Dragonbone Chair, Tad Williams

    21. 123. Dreams Underfoot, Charles de Lint

    22. 124. The Dud Avocado, Elaine Dundy

  11. VI. E

    1. 125. Eastward Ha!, S.J. Perelman

    2. 126. Ecstasy Club, Douglas Rushkoff

    3. The Ecstasy of Influence, Jonathan Lethem

    4. 127. Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands, Rob Rachowiecki

    5. 128. The Egypt Game, Zilpha Keatley Snyder

    6. 129. Eight Days of Luke, Diana Wynne Jones

    7. 130. Emerald Eyes, Daniel Keys Moran

    8. 131. The Enthusiasms of Robertson Davies

    9. 132. Escape Velocity, Mark Dery

    10. 133. Ever Since Darwin, Stephen Jay Gould

    11. 134. Everyday Drinking, Kingsley Amis

    12. 135. Evolution Isn't What It Used to Be, Walter Truett Anderson

    13. 136. The Evolution of Useful Things, Henry Petroski

    14. 137. Excession, Iain M. Banks

    15. 138. Expiration Date, Tim Powers

    16. 139. The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde

  12. VII. F

    1. 140. Fables, Volume 2: Animal Farm

    2. 141. Fast Company, Jon Bradshaw

    3. 142. Faust Among Equals, Tom Holt

    4. 143. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson

    5. 144. Feersum Endjinn, Iain M. Banks

    6. 145. The Fermata, Nicholson Baker

    7. 146. Fireworks, Angela Carter

    8. 147. The First 20X Years of Monty Python, Kim "Howard" Johnson

    9. 148. Floreana, Margret Wittmer

    10. 149. Fools, Pat Cadigan

    11. 150. The Friendly Guide to the Universe, Nancy Hathaway

    12. 151. The Friendly Shakespeare, Norrie Epstein

    13. 152. From Heaven Lake, Vikram Seth

    14. 153. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg

    15. 154. From the Teeth of Angels, Jonathan Carroll

    16. 155. Full Spectrum 3, ed. by Lou Aronica, Amy Stout, and Betsy Mitchell

  13. VIII. G

    1. 156. Galapagos, Kurt Vonnegut

    2. 157. The Galapagos Islands, Marylee Stephenson

    3. 158. Galatea 2.2, Richard Powers

    4. 159. Gambit, Rex Stout

    5. 160. The Game of Kings, Dorothy Dunnett

    6. 161. The Gate of Angels, Penelope Fitzgerald

    7. 162. The Gate to Women's Country, Sheri S. Tepper

    8. 163. Gentlemen of the Road, Michael Chabon

    9. 164. Gin, Patrick Dillon

    10. 165. Give the Boys a Great Big Hand, Ed McBain

    11. 166. The Glass Bead Game, Hermann Hesse

    12. 167. Glimpses, Lewis Shiner

    13. 168. Globalhead, Bruce Sterling

    14. 169. God Is Not One, Stephen Prothero

    15. 170. The God of Impertinence, Sten Nadolny

    16. 171. God Stalk, P.C. Hodgell

    17. 172. Gods Behaving Badly, Marie Phillips

    18. 173. The Gold Bug Variations, Richard Powers

    19. 174. Gold by Gemini, Jonathan Gash

    20. 175. The Golden, Lucius Shepard

    21. 176. The Goodbye Look, Ross Macdonald

    22. 177. Gospel, Wilton Barnhardt

    23. 178. The Grail Tree, Jonathan Gash

    24. 179. Grailblazers, Tom Holt

    25. 180. Graphic 4th of July

    26. 181. The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman

    27. 182. The Great California Game, Jonathan Gash

    28. 183. Great Mambo Chicken and the Transhuman Condition, Ed Regis

    29. 184. Griffin's Egg, Michael Swanwick

    30. 185. The Growth of the Graphic Novel Format in the U.S.

    31. 186. The Gun Seller, Hugh Laurie

    32. 187. Gun, with Occasional Music, Jonathan Lethem

  14. IX. H

    1. 188. Habibi, Craig Thompson

    2. 189. The Hacker Crackdown, Bruce Sterling

    3. 190. Half Magic, Edward Eager

    4. 191. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami

    5. 192. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling

    6. 193. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling

    7. 194. Hearing Secret Harmonies, Anthony Powell

    8. 195. Heatseeker, John Shirley

    9. 196. The Heckler, Ed McBain

    10. 197. Here Comes the Sun, Tom Holt

    11. 198. Heydey, W.M. Spackman

    12. 199. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby

    13. 200. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman

    14. 201. H.M.S. Surprise, Patrick O'Brian

    15. 202. Homicide, David Simon

    16. 203. Homicide Trinity, Rex Stout

    17. 204. Horror Free Zone

    18. 205. Hot Head, Simon Ings

    19. 206. Howl's Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones

    20. 207. How Much for Just the Planet, John M. Ford

    21. 208. How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Thomas C. Foster

    22. 209. How to Suppress Women's Writing, Joanna Russ

    23. How to Write a Damn Good Thriller, James N. Frey

    24. 210. Hunters & Gatherers, Geoff Nicholson

  15. X. I

    1. 211. I'm OK - You're OK, Thomas Harris, M.D.

    2. 212. Icehenge, Kim Stanley Robinson

    3. 213. If You Can't Live Without Me, Why Aren't You Dead Yet?, Cynthia Heimel

    4. 214. The Importance of Detail

    5. 215. The Impossible Bird, Patrick O'Leary

    6. 216. Impossible Things, Connie Willis

    7. 217. In Trouble Again, Redmond O'Hanlon

    8. 218. Indelible Acts, A.L. Kennedy

    9. 219. Insanely Great, Steven Levy

    10. 220. Inside the Kingdom, Robert Lacey

    11. 221. The Internet Graphics Toolkit, Steve Rimmer

    12. 222. Internet Help: Two Books for the Perplexed

    13. 223. Into the Heart of Borneo, Redmond O'Hanlon

    14. 224. Ishmael, Daniel Quinn

    15. 225. It's Obvious You Won't Survive by Your Wits Alone, Scott Adams

  16. XI. J

    1. 226. The Jagged Orbit, John Brunner

    2. 227. Jaguars Ripped My Flesh, Tim Cahill

    3. 228. James Branch Cabell and Richmond-In-Virginia, Edgar E. MacDonald

    4. 229. James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl

    5. 230. Jar of Fools, Jason Lutes

    6. 231. Jhereg, Steven Brust

    7. 232. Jonathan Carroll

    8. 233. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke

    9. 234. JSA: Darkness Falls

    10. 235. JSA: Justice Be Done

    11. 236. The Judas Pair, Jonathan Gash

    12. 237. The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling

  17. XII. K

    1. 238. Kai Lung's Golden Hours, Ernest Bramah

    2. 239. The Killing Joke, Alan Moore et al.

    3. 240. The Kingdom of Kevin Malone, Suzy McKee Charnas

    4. 241. Kissing the Beehive, Jonathan Carroll

    5. 242. Kissing the Witch, Emma Donoghue

    6. Knight's Castle, Edward Eager

  18. XIII. L

    1. Lives in Writing, David Lodge

    2. 243. Last Chance to See, Douglas Adams and Mark Cawardine

    3. 244. The Last Good Kiss, James Crumley

    4. 245. Learn Photography in a Weekend, Michael Langford

    5. 246. Life Among the Savages, Shirley Jackson

    6. 247. The Life of Python, George Perry

    7. 248. Light Elements, Judith Stone

    8. 249. The Literary Life and Other Curiosities, Robert Hendrickson

    9. 250. The Little Nugget, P.G. Wodehouse

    10. 251. Live from Golgotha, Gore Vidal

    11. 252. The Lives of Christopher Chant, Diana Wynne Jones

    12. 253. Lives on the Boundary, Mike Rose

    13. 254. The Locusts Have No King, Dawn Powell

    14. 255. The Long Lavender Look, John D. MacDonald

    15. 256. Look to Windward, Iain M. Banks

    16. 257. Lords and Ladies, Terry Pratchett

    17. 258. Lost in Place, Mark Salzman

    18. 259. Lucifer, Volume 1: Devil in the Gateway

    19. 260. Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis

    20. 261. The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, Christopher Moore

    21. 262. La Luz Canyon, Royce Allen

    22. 263. Lysistrata, Aristophanes (trans. by Douglass Parker)

  19. XIV. M

    1. 264. Magic Realists from the Genre Side of Things

    2. 265. The Magicians, Lev Grossman

    3. 266. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks

    4. 267. The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike, Philip K. Dick

    5. 268. The Man with Two Left Feet and Other Stories, P.G. Wodehouse

    6. 269. Maps and Legends, Michael Chabon

    7. 270. The Marriage of Sticks, Jonathan Carroll

    8. 271. The Martini, Barnaby Conrad III

    9. 272. Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers

    10. 273. Master and Commander, Patrick O'Brian

    11. 274. Mastering Magic Cards, George Baxter & Larry Smith

    12. 275. May Week Was in June, Clive James

    13. 276. Medea the Sorceress, Diane Wakoski

    14. 277. Meeting in Infinity, John Kessel

    15. 278. Mefisto in Onyx, Harlan Ellison

    16. 279. The Mexican Tree Duck, James Crumley

    17. 280. The Mezzanine, Nicholson Baker

    18. 281. Microserfs, Douglas Coupland

    19. 282. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

    20. 283. A Miscellany of Short Fiction

    21. 284. Miss Shumway Waves a Wand, James Hadely Chase

    22. 285. Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?

    23. 286. Monty Python's Life of Brian

    24. 287. The Mother Hunt, Rex Stout

    25. 288. The Mountain Cage and Other Stories, Pamela Sargent

    26. 289. The Mountains of Mourning, Lois McMaster Bujold

    27. 290. Much Ado About Nothing, Kenneth Branagh

    28. 291. The Muddy Fork and Other Things, James Crumley

    29. 292. My Man Jeeves, P.G. Wodehouse

    30. 293. My Top 10 Favorite Books (as of 1997)

    31. 294. My Top 10 Favorite Short Stories (as of 1998)

    32. 295. Myst: The Book of Atrus

    33. 296. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, Umberto Eco

    34. 297. MOO, Jane Smiley

  20. XV. N

    1. 298. The Names of Magic

    2. 299. National Rifle Association: Money, Firepower, and Fear, Josh Sugarmann

    3. 300. Nebula Awards 31, ed. by Pam Sargent

    4. 301. Nebula Awards 33, ed. by Connie Willis

    5. 302. Neither Here Nor There, Bill Bryson

    6. 303. The Neon Rain, James Lee Burke

    7. 304. A Nervous Splendor, Frederic Morton

    8. 305. Neverness, David Zindell

    9. 306. Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman

    10. 307. Neverwinter Nights Official Worldbuilder Guide

    11. 308. The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern

    12. 309. No Deals, Mr. Brown

    13. 310. Non-Fantasy Fantasy Novels

    14. 311. The Nonexistent Knight and The Cloven Viscount, Italo Calvino

    15. 312. Novelty, John Crowley

    16. 313. Nude Men, Amanda Filipacchi

  21. XVI. O

    1. 314. Of Men and Monsters, William Tenn

    2. 315. The Once and Future King, T.H. White

    3. 316. One for the Morning Glory, John Barnes

    4. 317. One of Us, Michael Marshall Smith

    5. 318. Only Begotten Daughter, James Morrow

    6. 319. Our Landlady, L. Frank Baum

    7. 320. Out on Blue Six, Ian McDonald

    8. 321. Overtime, Tom Holt

  22. XVII. P

    1. 322. P.G. Wodehouse, David A. Jasen

    2. 323. Pale Fire, Vladimir Nabokov

    3. 324. The Panda's Thumb, Stephen Jay Gould

    4. 325. Panel Discussions, Durwin S. Talon

    5. 326. The Panic Hand, Jonathan Carroll

    6. 327. Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler

    7. 328. Passing, Nella Larsen

    8. 329. Pattern Recognition, William Gibson

    9. 330. Patterns, Pat Cadigan

    10. 331. The Penguin Book of British Comic Stories, ed. by Patricia Craig

    11. 332. The Phantom Tollbooth, Norman Juster

    12. 333. The Pirate's Daughter, Robert Girardi

    13. 334. Pnin, Vladimir Nabokov

    14. 335. Poor Things, Alasdair Gray

    15. 336. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce

    16. 337. Possession, A.S. Byatt

    17. 338. Post Captain, Patrick O'Brian

    18. 339. Postcards from the Edge, Carrie Fisher

    19. 340. Practical Demonkeeping, Christopher Moore

    20. 341. Preston Sturges by Preston Sturges

    21. 342. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

    22. 343. The Prince and Betty, P.G. Wodehouse

    23. 344. Promethea, Vol. 1, Alan Moore et al.

    24. 345. Prydain Chronicles, Lloyd Alexander

    25. 346. The Psychology of Everyday Things, Donald A. Norman

    26. 347. Pulphouse #15

    27. 348. Pulphouse #16

    28. 349. Putting on the Ritz, Joe Keenan

    29. Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction, Patricia Highsmith

  23. XVIII. Q

    1. 350. The Quark and the Jaguar, Murray Gell-Mann

    2. 351. The Quarry, Iain Banks

    3. 352. Queen Lucia, E.F. Benson

    4. 353. A Question of Upbringing, Anthony Powell

    5. 354. The Quetzal and the Macaw, David Rains Wallace

    6. 355. Quin's Shanghai Circus, Edward Whittemore

  24. XIX. R

    1. 356. The Rainbow, D. H. Lawrence

    2. 357. Raw Spirit: In Search of the Perfect Dram, Iain Banks

    3. 358. Ready Player One, Ernest Cline

    4. 359. The Red Magician, Lisa Goldstein

    5. 360. Remake, Connie Willis

    6. 361. Remaking History, Kim Stanley Robinson

    7. 362. Replay, Ken Grimwood

    8. 363. Requiem, Graham Joyce

    9. 364. Resume with Monsters, William Browning Spencer

    10. 365. Resurrection Man, Sean Stewart

    11. 366. A Right to Die, Rex Stout

    12. 367. Riotous Assembly, Tom Sharpe

    13. 368. Rogue, Volume 1: Going Rogue

    14. 369. Rolling Nowhere, Ted Conover

    15. 370. The Runaway Bride, Elizabeth Kendall

    16. 371. A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf

    17. 372. Rubyfruit Jungle, Rita Mae Brown

  25. XX. S

    1. 373. The Salterton Trilogy, Robertson Davies

    2. 374. Sandman: Fables and Recollections, Neil Gaiman et al.

    3. 375. A Saucerful of Secrets, Nicholas Schaffner

    4. 376. Say Goodbye, Lewis Shiner

    5. 377. The Scarlet Ruse, John D. MacDonald

    6. 378. Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone, Ian McDonald

    7. 379. See Them Die, Ed McBain

    8. 380. A Selection of Wallace Stevens Poems

    9. 381. Setting Free the Bears, John Irving

    10. 382. Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu, Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy

    11. 383. The Shape of Further Things, Brian W. Aldiss

    12. 384. A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush, Eric Newby

    13. 385. Silicon Embrace, John Shirley

    14. 386. Sinai Tapestry, Edward Whittemore

    15. 387. Small Presses and Small Stories

    16. 388. The Smiths' Meat is Murder, Joe Pernice

    17. 389. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson

    18. 390. Social and Ethical Effects of the Computer Revolution

    19. 391. The Soloist, Mark Salzman

    20. Some of Your Blood, Theodore Sturgeon

    21. 392. Something Fresh, P.G. Wodehouse

    22. 393. The Song of the Dodo, David Quammen

    23. 394. Sorcery & Cecelia, Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

    24. 395. Spacetime Donuts, Rudy Rucker

    25. 396. Speaking in Tongues, Ian McDonald

    26. 397. Spend Game, Jonathan Gash

    27. 398. A Splendid Chaos, John Shirley

    28. 399. Stalking the Angel, Robert Crais

    29. 400. Starting from Scratch, Rita Mae Brown

    30. 401. The State of the Art, Iain M. Banks

    31. 402. Steel Beach, John Varley

    32. 403. Stiff Upper Lip, Lawrence Durrell

    33. 404. Stone of Farewell, Tad Williams

    34. 405. The Stormwatcher, Graham Joyce

    35. The Story of the Stone, Barry Hughart

    36. 406. The Stress of Her Regard, Tim Powers

    37. 407. Stupid White Men, Michael Moore

    38. 408. Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman, Richard P. Feynman

    39. 409. Surrender the Pink, Carrie Fisher

    40. 410. Swordspoint, Ellen Kushner

  26. XXI. T

    1. 411. A Tan and Sandy Silence, John D. MacDonald

    2. 412. Tea from an Empty Cup, Pat Cadigan

    3. 413. Technopoly, Neil Postman

    4. 414. Temporary Kings, Anthony Powell

    5. 415. The Texas-Israeli War: 1999, Howard Waldrop and Jake Saunders

    6. 416. Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

    7. 417. There Were Two Pirates, James Branch Cabell

    8. 418. They All Laughed, Ira Flatow

    9. 419. This Salzburg, Count Ferdinand Czernin

    10. 420. Thoughts on Harry Potter

    11. 421. A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley

    12. 422. Ticket to Latvia, Marcos Tanner

    13. 423. To Say Nothing of the Dog, Connie Willis

    14. 424. The Tooth Fairy, Graham Joyce

    15. 425. Top Ten, Alex Ogg

    16. 426. The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, Diana Wynne Jones

    17. 427. Towing Jehovah, James Morrow

    18. 428. A Traveler's Guide to the Galapagos Islands, Barry Boyce

    19. 429. Trillion Year Spree, Brian Aldiss and David Wingrove

    20. 430. Trio for Blunt Instruments, Rex Stout

    21. 431. The Tunnel of Love, Peter De Vries

    22. 432. Turn Signals are the Facial Expressions of Automobiles, Donald A. Norman

    23. 433. The Turquoise Lament, John D. MacDonald

    24. 434. Two Books on Sleep

    25. 435. Two by Fry

    26. 436. Two by McPhee

    27. 437. Two Novels by Nancy Mitford

    28. 438. Two One-Act Plays by Durang

  27. XXII. U

    1. 439. The Ultimate Egoist, Theodore Sturgeon

    2. 440. Ulysses, James Joyce

    3. 441. Uncharted Territory, Connie Willis

    4. 442. Unconquered Countries, Geoff Ryman

    5. 443. Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud

    6. 444. Understanding Europeans, Stuart Miller

    7. 445. Uneasy Money, P.G. Wodehouse

    8. 446. Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, Elvis Costello

    9. 447. The Urth of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe

    10. 448. Use of Weapons, Iain M. Banks

  28. XXIII. V

    1. 449. Veronica, Nicholas Christopher

    2. 450. Virago Book of Fairy Tales, ed. by Angela Carter

    3. 451. Virtual Tourists

    4. 452. A Voice from the Attic, Robertson Davies

    5. 453. Voyage to the Red Planet, Terry Bisson

  29. XXIV. W

    1. 454. The Wall of the Sky, The Wall of the Eye, Jonathan Lethem

    2. 455. Walter Jon Williams: The Evolution of a Novelist

    3. 456. The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts, Louis de Bernieres

    4. 457. Warm Worlds and Otherwise, James Tiptree, Jr.

    5. 458. The Warrior's Apprentice, Lois McMaster Bujold

    6. 459. Watch Your Mouth, Daniel Handler

    7. 460. We've Got Blog

    8. 461. Wealth 101, John-Roger and Peter McWilliams

    9. 462. The Weblog Handbook, Rebecca Blood

    10. 463. The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin

    11. 464. What They Did to Princess Paragon, Robert Rodi

    12. 465. What's Going on Here? ed. by Colin Harrison

    13. 466. Whit, Iain Banks

    14. 467. White Apples, Jonathan Carroll

    15. 468. The White Deer, James Thurber

    16. 469. Why Christianity Must Change or Die, John Shelby Spong

    17. 470. The Wild Shore, Kim Stanley Robinson

    18. 471. Wild Things, Mike Capuzzo

    19. 472. Will the Real Sydney Harbour Please Stand Up, David Baboulene

    20. 473. Wired 1.2

    21. 474. Wired 1.3

    22. 475. The Wisdom of Crowds, James Surowiecki

    23. 476. Woe Is I, Patricia T. O'Conner

    24. 477. A Wolverine is Eating My Leg, Tim Cahill

    25. 478. The Women of Brewster Place, Gloria Naylor

    26. Words are My Matter, Ursula K. Le Guin

    27. 479. Words Fail Me, Patricia O'Conner

    28. The Writer's Journey, Christopher Vogler

    29. 480. Writing the Natural Way, Gabriele Lusser Rico

    30. 481. Writing the Novel, Lawrence Block

    31. 482. Wry Martinis, Christopher Buckley

    32. 483. Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett

  30. XXV. Y

    1. 484. A Year in Provence, Peter Mayle

    2. 485. The Year of Reading Pratchett

    3. 486. The Year's 25 Finest Crime & Mystery Stories: First Annual Collection

    4. 487. The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifth Annual Collection, ed. by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

    5. 488. The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror: Sixth Annual Collection, ed. by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

    6. 489. The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventh Annual Collection, ed. by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

    7. 490. The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighth Annual Collection, ed. by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

    8. 491. The Year's Best Science Fiction: Ninth Annual Collection, ed. by Gardner Dozois

    9. 492. The Year's Best Science Fiction: 10th Annual Collection

    10. You're Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop: Scalzi on Writing, John Scalzi

  31. XXVI. Z

    1. 493. Zami, Audre Lorde

    2. 494. Zod Wallop, William Browning Spencer

  32. About the Author

  33. Index of People Mentioned

  34. Chronology of Original Publications