Schroedinger's Cat, Robert Anton Wilson: I'm almost halfway through this meander through quantum multiverse theory, primate anthropology and American politics. It's more twisty and jumpy than either Illuminatus! or Timequake (Vonnegut), but there are some great gags in it.. like Ulysses (SBW btext)
X 2, Chris Clairmont, Novelization of the upcoming motion picture sequel. A fun read, but too much character shear. I recognize mutants by their names or powers, and they turn out to be the wrong age, in the wrong place, falling for the wrong other mutant ... particularly irritating considering the novelization is by the guy who wrote the X-Men for 17 years, including the run when I was a big fan. I am particularly upset by how they used Deathstrike, it that was even her... (paperback)
Philosophy of the Matrix: various, They turned loose a bunch of philosophers and authors on the movie The Matrix and then put their essays up on the movies web site. All sorts of yummy, crunchy stuff about the eternal debates about the nature of reality, brains-in-vats, and the nature of Heaven and/or the First Matrix. I'm around halfway through the newly updated material. (web, http://www.whatisthematrix.com, after the fluff click news, look for the update)
Quicksilver: Neal Stephenson's new book is still not available, but there is a fun excerpt at the end of the latest paperback edition of Cryptonomicon. Starts in Boston, middle of the 18 C CE, by my guess, and the protagonist is named Enoch Root ;) Oops. If you are wondering, the book is not free, but unpriced. Sorry for any confusion. YOu may be able to find the excerpt online, I dunno.
http://www.kurd.com : Interesting data and propaganda about Kurds and Kurdistan. Look for the map of the territory they might claim to see why all of the states in that region are suspicious of them.
Dreams Underfoot, Charles de Lint: I read the first two stories in this collection before deciding to just blast through X2. Wow, apparently urban shaminism has it's own genre. Well-spun tales about city folk meeting imaginary creatures, interacting with them dramatically, and trying to srt out their world-view in light of it. (paperback)
And wedding insanity, and the arrival of spring (Yep, I've been sniffling for almost two week straight now)...
Oh bother. She still hasn't come out of the shower. Ah, procrastination.. I had ought to go dragging her out of there (figuratively) .. Edit: Well, I procrastinated on fixing this post and she emerged from the shower, only to slip into her room. *sigh*
Welcome to new readers who be-"friended" me. I have reciprocated. Edit: And the three more I missed first go round have since been added. D'oh.