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Pirate Politics: A Winter Reading List

November 29, 2013 at 10:30PM • 1 hour 37 minutes • Wiki EntryAfter Dark

Winter's here and it's time to light a fire, get under a blanket, and curl up with a good book. Our panelists are well read and of exquisite taste, so we've got a boatload of suggestions for you. From funny to serious, there's a book in our list that will hit the spot the next time you're looking for something to read.

Special guests David J. Loehr, Erika Ensign, Glenn Fleishman, Lisa Schmeiser, and Scott McNulty.

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Here's a master list of the books we picked this time, and who picked them.

  1. The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore (Lisa)
  2. The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies (David)
  3. Monument by Lloyd Biggle Jr. (Erika)
  4. Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie (Scott)
  5. Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny (Glenn)
  6. Phases of Gravity by Dan Simmons (Jason)
  7. Zodiac by Neal Stephenson (Lisa)
  8. Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore (David)
  9. Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb (Erika)
  10. Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone (Scott)
  11. Writing On The Wall by Tom Standage (Glenn)
  12. Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby (Jason)
  13. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay (Lisa)
  14. If On A Winter's Night A Traveler by Italo Calvino (David)
  15. Chicks Unravel Time (Erika)
  16. Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton (Scott)
  17. Mirage by Matt Ruff (Glenn)
  18. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon (Jason)

We also picked some leftovers; they're mentioned down in the links section.