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Even though my standard-issue Ikea bookshelves are bursting at the seams, I got plenty of beautiful books for Christmas. And in 2012, I'm going to read. In 2011, I barely read a thing, which is appalling behaviour.
Not only did Dr B manage to get me a sci-fi classic that I've been meaning to read for years, she got the edition with the beautiful black and white cover. Quite how I've managed to not read Rendezvous With Rama before is beyond me, but I'm already halfway through it and it's incredible. But there's a problem: Sanda Zahirovic's design is just one in a series of other classic space operas, and being an obsessive completist (or "man"), I'm not going to be able to sleep until I get the entire set now.
Other printly wonders that fell from my stocking: John W Campbell's Who Goes There? (the novella that The Thing is based on), the 2012 TimeOut New York guide (honeymoon, here we come), 101 Things I Learned in Film School (from the same series as the excellent 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School), the 2011 D&AD Annual (which is … grumble alert … significantly cheaper than the almost identical edition available to D&AD members. How does that work?), and JG Ballard's Complete Short Stories, volume two.
I can only assume I was on the "nice" list.