Genre of Choice:

Fantasy primarily, a goodly amount of science fiction, and a dash of pretty much everything else.
(If I haven’t read anything in a genre, I go out of my way to sample a bit.)

(Current) Favorite Books:

Penric & Desdemona by Lois McMaster Bujold
(this is actually a series of novellas, but they are wonderful and the characters are sweet and the relationships adorable and the perspectives fascinating.)

God Stalk by P. C. Hodgell
(A story about a not-very-religious monothiest in a city full of gods. It’s all very frustrating for her. I like it.)

Hikaru no Go by Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata
(This is an adventure about kids playing boardgames, and yet it is awesome)

Comfort Books:
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
(I love the characters and I love the pastries.)

This Immortal by Roger Zelazny
Isle of the Dead by Roger Zelazny
(Okay, I just really like immortals and people with god-like powers. They make me happy, and Zelazny does them well.)

Seven Daughters & Seven Sons by Barbara Cohen
(It’s just a really done fairytale and I love that none of the characters are perfect, each has their own weaknesses, but that it’s sort of beside the point, because the point is that there are goals and there are desires and the goals must be met first.)

anything by Lois McMaster Bujold
(I grew up with her Vorkosigan series, the Sharing Knife series is really cool, and the Chalion series also has gods and god-like powers in it.)

Most Proud to Have Read Book:
by Neal Stephenson
(It’s a long book, it’s historical drama and it has periodic mathematical word problems, but it’s also really, really good.)

Books That I Couldn’t Finish:
Great Expectations
by Charles Dickens
(This was assigned in high school and it just broke me. It was so boring, and to the extent that I could make myself care at all, I hated every single character.)

Tales of the Otori by Lian Hearn
(I should like this series. I really should. But frankly the historical Japanese culture was a bit too off-putting to me.)

2 comments on “Rebecca

  1. Steven says:


    I am trying to locate a story Just Like The Ones We Used To Know, which was mentioned on your website, here:

    Along with mentioning the story, a link is given to the story itself:

    If only it was that simple. Alas, the latter link is broken.

    Can you help?



    • Anna says:

      Sigh, yeah, I love that the Asimov magazine exists, but they don’t do a great job of archiving their pieces. The story “Just Like The Ones We Used To Know” is excellent and well-worth tracking down, so I definitely recommend it. You can find it in Connie Willis’ collection The Winds of Marble Arch, (the titular short story is also excellent, by the way), but I also just found it online here.

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