Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Shadow – a parallel story to Ender’s Game, following the background of the ‘Bean’ character. A tiny bit smug and pleased with itself in places (hello, Orson Scott Card) but a lovable book anyway.
Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down – I enjoyed the characters (though, as often happens with Hornby, I was less convinced by his women). A funny and touching book about suicide.
David Mitchell, number9dream – thanks to Nick for lending me this beautiful book. It’s David Mitchell’s second (I still have not read his first: ‘Ghostwritten’) and it is really rather good indeed.
Accelerando, Charles Stross – starts with a near-singularity future, in which what I’ve been thinking of since my Palm III as a ‘peripheral brain’ is made real, and a cash economy is optional. Then goes further and further out into the future, in which AR, AI, and lobsters play increasingly important roles. The plot is a mess, but so full of fun ideas that I didn’t mind in the least.