Books Read in November 2009

The Mermaid's Madness by Jim C. Hines

I love fairy tale variations and this second in a series showcasing kick-ass versions of Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Cinderella interacting with the tale of the Little Mermaid was really good. It's still set in a fantasy world. The mermaid is a mermaid, for example, but it's based on the darker versions of the tales and relies on the interactions of the parts of fairy tales you don't usually see.

Warrior Princesses edited by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough and Martin H. Greenberg

A collection of fantasy short stories, none of which particularly stood out.

The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

It was good, but I was annoyed that wires had gotten crossed and the Amazon listing said this was the last book. There are actually two more to go. I didn't reread the others, so couldn't really tell if the voices had changed significantly with Jordan's death. There was definitely more wrapping up going on, but that could have been due to the timing within the series versus the author.

This world has always sucked me in and this twelfth! book was no exception. It's just disturbing to realize I was tucking the paperback of the first one into my suitcase twenty years ago when I was getting ready to go on a trip to Mexico with my grandmother.

Simplifying Innovation by Michael Dalton

I received an advance copy of this book so I could review it for Inventing Elephants. I'll post the full version there closer to the release date. It presents a view of product management and innovation as seen through the lens of the theory of constraints and told in a fictionalized form.

Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale

This was a very entertaining and indepth grammar book. The descriptions and examples were fantastic and it was a treat to go beyond the basics and, as the subtitle says, learn how to craft wickedly effective prose. I recommend it if you are a writer.

Toddler 411 by Denise Field and Ari Brown

Definitely useful. I'll be keeping this on the reference shelf for the next couple years until my own toddler (23 months old) outgrows its advice.

On the nightstand:

Coal, Beyond the Fifth Discipline, Lean Thinking