Haven't had much time to post but I have been reading. Two books specifically: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, winner of the Pulitzer, and The Land of the Silver Apples by Nancy Farmer. Reviews forthcoming. Also reading a book of essays on Joss Whedon's show Serenity written by writers and fans. Actually a very good compilation. Mercedes Lackey has an essay that really nailed the subtext of the show: freedom. She asks if any character on the show really has it, or just lives the illusion of Freedom. Even though Mal and his colleagues live on the fringes and claim to be under the heel of no one, they are actually fulfilling a necessity of supplying the outlying planets with goods that a resource stretched out alliance can't.
Trying to figure out what to read next: A Black Company novel, Lavinia by Ursula Leguin, or a Samuel R Delany fantasy novel. Also sitting on the shelf is Kage Baker's The House of the Stag.