There is no question that MacSparky readers and Mac Power Users listeners are all amazing. I received further proof of this recently when Andrew & Sarah Spear sent me their children's book, My Little Geek (all the way from New Zealand). It's a wonderful little book beautifully illustrated. I've been reading it with my two year old nephew and it is way too much fun. I just wish this book had existed when my girls were small.
On the heels of my last fiction recommendation, the Incomparable recently made another recommendation, The Rook, which I downloaded via Audible and (thanks to some fortunate traffic jams) I finished quickly. This is the story of an amnesiac, Myfanwy Thomas, who wakes up in a London park surrounded by dead people wearing latex gloves. It turns out she is part of a supernatural MI5 and from page one, the game is afoot. The book is quirky, funny, and by about halfway through, I couldn't wait to see where it all went. If you'd like a fun read, check this one out. When you're done, go download episode 128 of The Incomparable and listen to Jason, Scott, and Dan talk about it, but only after you're done.
I am really happy about subscribing to Jason Snell's Incomparable podcast. In addition to entertainment and information, Jason and his merry gang are also great sources for book, movie, television, and comic recommentations. On their recommendation I just listened to Jo Walton's Among Others. The book is the diary of a 15-year-old girl during 6 months of her life as she deals with magic, science fiction, and (hardest of all) being a 15-year-old girl. The book won last year's Hugo Award and I really enjoyed it. Now I'm trying to get my 16-year-old daughter to read it.
If you are an Audible subscriber (I am), I recommend listening to the Audible version. The primary character's Welsh heritage is a big part of the book and having someone read it with a Welsh accent made it all the better.