I received quite a stack of books for Christmas from my wife and daughter. I was very spoiled. The haul included fantasy, horror and non-fiction. Not surprising considering my recent fixation on fantasy and non-fiction. My gifts included:
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – This is the first book in a trilogy. It has been reviewed very well and is on many best of 2007 fantasy lists, and Amazon’s Best of 2007 list.
The Awakened Mage by Karen Miller – The second and concluding volume in a series. I reviewed the first book a week or so ago.
Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson – Another fantasy novel, this is the first in a planned 10 book series of which 7 have been published.
The Terror by Dan Simmons – The horror book I’ve mentioned from an author of both horror and science fiction. Simmons was a school teacher before becoming a full-time writer.
Parallel Worlds by Michio Kaku – A book by a well-known physicist about the crazy theory of branes, or worlds in alternate dimensions.
Nazi Germany and the Jews, Volume 1: The Years of Persecution 1933-1939 by Saul Friedlander – This is the first in a two volume set about the plight of the Jews in Nazi Germany.