Sitting here with a view of snow-filled trees and a hot cup of Earl Grey.
That´s what you get when you live in Sweden and have a day off from work. So on these rare occasions I love to read a cozy book or watch a new exciting film, cook something different and just have a cozy time in the sofa.
So how can I share this with you?
Well, I have eight books that I think would enrich your wintry days until Christmas, one of which I will buy for myself. So I´ll start with that one and continue with the others.
Bowl of Heaven
Written by Gregory Benfor & Larry Niven
In this first collaboration by science fiction masters Larry Niven (“Ringworld”) and Gregory Benford (“Timescape”), the limits of wonder are redrawn once again as a human expedition to another star system is jeopardized by an encounter with an astonishingly immense artifact in interstellar space: a bowl-shaped structure half-englobing a star, with a habitable area equivalent to many millions of Earths…and it’s on a direct path heading for the same system as the human ship. A landing party is sent to investigate the Bowl, but when the explorers are separated–one group captured by the gigantic structure’s alien inhabitants, the other pursued across its strange and dangerous landscape–the mystery of the Bowl’s origins and purpose propel the human voyagers toward discoveries that will transform their understanding of their place in the universe.
The Real And The Unreal: Selected Stories Of Ursula K. Guin: Volume One: Where On Earth
A collection of stories apparently chosen by Guin herself:
- Introduction: Choosing and Dividing
- “Brothers and Sisters”
- “A Week in the Country”
- “Unlocking the Air”
- “Imaginary Countries”
- “The Diary of the Rose”
- “The Direction of the Road”
- “The White Donkey”
- “Gwilan’s Harp”
- “May’s Lion”
- “Buffalo Gals”
- “Horse Camp”
- “The Lost Children”
- “The Water is Wide”
- “Hand, Cup, Shell”
- “Ether, OR”
- “Half Past Four”
The Real And The Unreal: Selected Stories Of Ursula K. Guin: Volume Two: Outer Space, Inner Lands
The second book of Guin’s selected stories series.
- “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”
- “Semley’s Necklace”
- “Nine Lives”
- “The First Contact With the Gorgonids”
- “The Shobies’ Story”
- “The Matter of Seggre”
- “The Wild Girls”
- “The Fliers of Gy”
- “The Silence of the Asonu”
- “The Ascent of the North Face”
- “The Author of the Acacia Seeds”
- “The Wife’s Story”
- “The Rule of Names”
- “Small Change”
- “The Poacher”
- “She Unnames Them”
The Dog Stars
Written by Peter Heller
Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life—something like his old life—exists beyond the airport. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return—not enough fuel to get him home—following the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio. But what he encounters and what he must face—in the people he meets, and in himself—is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for.
The City´s Son
Written by Tom Pollock
Hidden under the surface of everyday London is a city of monsters and miracles, where wild train spirits stampede over the tracks and glass-skinned dancers with glowing veins light the streets. When a devastating betrayal drives her from her home, graffiti artist Beth Bradley stumbles into the secret city, where she finds Filius Viae, London’s ragged crown prince, just when he needs someone most. An ancient enemy has returned to the darkness under St Paul’s Cathedral, bent on reigniting a centuries-old war, and Beth and Fil find themselves in a desperate race through a bizarre urban wonderland, searching for a way to save the city they both love. The City’s Son is the first book of The Skyscraper Throne trilogy: a story about family, friends and monsters, and how you can’t always tell which is which.
Written by Libba Bray
It’s 1920s New York City. It’s flappers and Follies, jazz and gin. It’s after the war but before the depression. And for certain group of bright young things it’s the opportunity to party like never before. For Evie O’Neill, it’s escape. She’s never fit in in small town Ohio and when she causes yet another scandal, she’s shipped off to stay with an uncle in the big city. But far from being exile, this is exactly what she’s always wanted: the chance to show how thoroughly modern and incredibly daring she can be. But New York City isn’t about just jazz babies and follies girls. It has a darker side. Young women are being murdered across the city. And these aren’t crimes of passion. They’re gruesome. They’re planned. They bear a strange resemblance to an obscure group of tarot cards. And the New York City police can’t solve them alone. Evie wasn’t just escaping the stifling life of Ohio, she was running from the knowledge of what she could do. She has a secret. A mysterious power that could help catch the killer – if he doesn’t catch her first.
Written by Douglas Nicholas
During the thirteenth century in northwest England, in one of the coldest winters in living memory, a formidable yet charming Irish healer, Molly, and the troupe she leads are driving their three wagons, hoping to cross the Pennine Mountains before the heavy snows set in. Molly, her lover Jack, granddaughter Nemain, and young apprentice Hob become aware that they are being stalked by something terrible. The refuge they seek in a monastery, then an inn, and finally a Norman castle proves to be an illusion. As danger continues to rise, it becomes clear that the creature must be faced and defeated—or else they will all surely die. It is then that Hob discovers how much more there is to his adopted family than he had realized.
The Cassandra Project
Written by Jack McDevitt & Mike Resnick
Early in his career, Jerry Culpepper could never have been accused of being idealistic. Doing public relations—even for politicians—was strictly business…until he was hired as NASA’s public affairs director and discovered a client he could believe in. Proud of the agency’s history and sure of its destiny, he was thrilled to be a part of its future—a bright era of far-reaching space exploration.
But public disinterest and budget cuts changed that future. Now, a half century after the first moon landing, Jerry feels like the only one with stars—and unexplored planets and solar systems—in his eyes.
Still, Jerry does his job, trying to drum up interest in the legacy of the agency. Then a fifty-year-old secret about the Apollo XI mission is revealed, and he finds himself embroiled in the biggest controversy of the twenty-first century, one that will test his ability—and his willingness—to spin the truth about a conspiracy of reality-altering proportions…