Boing Boing's Holiday Gift Guide part two: Fiction


46 Responses to “Boing Boing's Holiday Gift Guide part two: Fiction”

  1. Antinous says:

    Why do you people keep saying bugger like it’s a bad thing?

  2. Nelson.C says:

    Antinous @29: How did you sneak the phrase “you people” past the troll detector?

  3. allainjules says:

    Wow !

    Interface and nice picture. So crazy !

  4. Takuan says:

    “buggrit” is a separate term, you people wouldn’t understand. (unless you want to move in under the bridge with us) I tole ‘em! (bring the Duck Man)

  5. Kid Geezer says:

    FWIW, I’ve read lots. I count it among the most depressing wastes of time in my life that I read Crytonomicon. A mistake I’ll never make again. Certainly the most overrated writer in the history of SF. If not the English language.

    Heartily second the recommendation of Chabon’s “Gentlemen of the Road.” Also “Summerland” is a must read.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Rewired was one of the best anthos I’ve read in the past few years…I went out and got all the Tachyon anthos after reading it, as I’m really liking what Kelly and Kessel are coming up with. Highly recommend anything from that company.

  7. arkizzle says:

    Crackity, fyi, that’s an old meme with traps and pitfalls a’plenty.
    Pursue at your own peril!

  8. 13strong says:


    It’s a run-down of books covered by boingboing in the last year or so. That would include Cory’s books because a) he co-runs the website and b) his books, in particular Little Brother, have received a great deal of praise from critics and readers. Little Brother is selling extremely well here in the UK. It’s not like he NEEDS to plug it here to sell more.

    Can we all just drop the griping?

  9. kkretsch says:

    Is “little brother” really fiction? I read it and it looks like facts glued together into a story of today world.

  10. gd23 says:

    I really like Zodiac by Stephenson. Very cool eco warrior angle

  11. Fantasturbate says:

    Anyone else notice that the “people who bought this also bought this” for most of these books is basically this list? Go BB, lol
    Amazon gonna love you.

  12. Teresa Nielsen Hayden / Moderator says:

    A thread like this is not the way to convince us that moderation is a bad idea. (Those of you who’ve come late to the party: sorry, but the comments I’m referring to have been removed. On the other hand, you didn’t miss much.)

    1. A Christmas wish for me:

    Dear Santa:

    Just once I’d like to see a reader who, before complaining, paused to first go through Cory’s entries over the last several months, count up the entries that mention Cory’s own work, and divide the total by that figure.

    What would be Really Wonderful would be a reader who not did that research on Boing Boing, but hunted up the blogs of some other professional fiction writers and compiled the same statistics for those other authors.

    I know, Santa: it’s never going to happen. It’s not that Boing Boing’s readers aren’t up to the task of compiling all those statistics. It’s that a reader who’s done so is extremely unlikely to show up here afterward to complain that “Cory is constantly promoting his own work.”

    2. Why we’re so hardnosed about this:

    We know from considerable experience that if we let the first half-dozen comments stand, the later thread will turn into a mean-spirited, imitative pile-on that will retroactively make the earlier comments seem dumber than they were when they were posted.

    It always makes me happy when I can unpublish those earier comments, because it means I’m keeping their authors from looking stupid.

  13. JFlex says:

    Tlk lk tht cn gt y dsmvwld, BDC!

    Thr’s n nrms Mdrtn thrd smwhr whr th mdrtrs g thrgh Pln-styl cntrtns tryng t rcncl ths brd’s CVLB phlsphs wth thr spprssv plcs. ngg t yr wn prl.

    • Antinous says:


      Your first comment on BB compared the moderation to Fox News and your hundredth (mazel tov) compared us to Sara Palin. Are you sure that BB is really the right blog for you?

  14. mdh says:

    GD23 – Zodiac is a great story, and based on a real person. As an aside to the Stephenson fans, my g/f got a kindle, and I immediately bought the Diamond Age for her to read on it.

    the kindle itself is fairly awesome.

  15. Nelson.C says:

    BDC @35: Why should Cory care? Because he’s a human being, perhaps, and he can only take so much pointless sniping before, enraged, he sends an army of botnet-controlled zombies after everyone who comes to his blog to tell him that they don’t like what he posts on his blog? To forestall that terrible day, his friends and colleagues remove the offending posts from his sight.

    It’s your opinion, but it’s unpleasantly voiced and completely uncalled for. Do you stop people in the street to tell them that they have an awful taste in ties, or that they should find another hairdresser? If people don’t suffer such rudeness in the street, why do you think they should suffer it on their blogs?

  16. JFlex says:

    Who’s Crackity Jones?

  17. arkizzle says:

    I warned ‘im, Peril I said!

  18. pendraphen says:

    Tigerbomb, you’re thinking of Farthing and Ha’Penny by Jo Walton.

  19. Tigerbomb says:

    Anyone remember a novel that got a shout on BB some time ago – all I remember was that it was a female author and had a dystopian London theme.

  20. Takuan says:

    buggerit buggerit, millennium hand and shrimp!

  21. KingOfCats says:


  22. Amphigorey says:

    Teresa, you have many shining qualities, but as a moderator, you are not doing so well. Calling the people you unpublish “stupid” doesn’t make you look good. It’s not just this one instance; you’ve done it repeatedly. It’s becoming one of your hallmarks.

    There is some behavior that is appropriate for a normal poster but inappropriate for a moderator. I suggest you look into what the differences are.

    Incidentally, Cory would have received a good deal less shit from people for self-promoting if he’d included a note acknowledging it.

  23. Takuan says:

    nah, yer just a Jerk, Amphi. You should work on that.

  24. arkizzle says:

    Wot a bloody Cant!

  25. mrsomuch says:

    cue Cory bashing round 2. ding ding!

    Top selection young fella-me-lad. I’m after Interface personally, it comes highly recommended.

  26. 13strong says:

    There’s a lecture at the university where I work today entitled “Early 21st Century Literature: Post-Apocalyptic Narratives”. I’ve printed off some info about the Wastelands book and I’m going to pin it to the door of the guy giving the lecture.

    Sounds brilliant. Just finished “The Road” (cue sighs from post-apoc purists), and it’s definitely whet my appetite for more.

    It’s also got me to wondering – are we seeing a proliferation of post-apocalyptic fiction in Western culture? In the past month I’ve read “The Road”, I’ve started reading “The Walking Dead”, and the other night I watched, and enjoyed, kiddy-friendly post-apocalypse Disney romp WALL*E.

    Is the threat of climate change, peak oil, overpopulation, global epidemics, etc, starting to sink into our creative unconscious?

  27. mdh says:

    I’ve just started Anathem, wow.

  28. pulsekyst says:

    Whaaaat! The Forever War is sold more than $600 on amazon, what the hell!

  29. sammich says:

    buggrit Takuan, call yourself a pedant?

  30. sammich says:

    Amphigorey @ 41 – looking stupid does not necessarily equal being stupid, and being stupid on one occasion does not equal being stupid generally. Teresa understands the distinction.

  31. travelina says:

    For those who have already read “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union,” may I recommend Michael Chabon’s outlandishly fun “Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure”?

  32. Blaine says:

    Futurstic Tales of the Here and Now was one of my favorite books of the past year or so.

    Thanks for the heads up on Rewired. I hadn’t heard of it. I’m a big fan of James Patrick Kelly.

  33. Antinous says:


    If picking a fight with Cory on his own blog isn’t stupid, what is? And Cory has mentioned on many occasions that he’s going to keep promoting LB here. If you don’t like it…

  34. minTphresh says:

    amphi, i just went thru your comment history and found that almost all except 2 were just whining and bitching about something totally inane ( cory’s self promo, or teresa’s mod skillz, mostly). and even those two comments had a whiney tone to them. hopefully in your normal conversation you are less of a whiney bitch. but i doubt it. perhaps a nice hot bath would make u feel better.

  35. 1990TURBO says:

    Great list. I have to add George Saunders’ In Persuasion Nation. Wonderful book of short stories.

  36. Takuan says:

    look at BDC’s post history

  37. entropy says:

    I would like to say i am thankfull for cory and his book recomendations. Thanks cory!

  38. arborman says:

    Anathem was brilliant, as was Interface (for very different reasons).

    FWIW I’d say that a good gift for anyone who hasn’t read it would be Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle + Cryptonomicon. Really, you haven’t read anything if you haven’t read that set of books. ;)

  39. cans says:

    K guys, but “Goodnight Bush” is NOT A WORK OF FICTION. It is the world in which we live.

  40. Takuan says:

    ar, buggrit! I tole the grawny man, not buggerit!

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