The ones I gave up on:
Can a Robot Be Human?: 33 Perplexing Philosophy Puzzles by Peter Cave 2007 (192/read 130ish)
Somewhat interesting, but written in an overly twee style that I could only take in short doses.
Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski (320 pgs/read 40) 2007
Love this book, but I’ll have to get it again later. So little time, so few renewals.
The Soul Thief by Charles Baxter (210 pgs/read 95) 2008
Reads like an art school cocktail party. In a good way. The prose is sophisticated and intellectual without being pretentious. It’s the perfect style for this tale of the entanglements of graduate students searching for connection, while one tries to steal the other’s identity.
Solitaire by Kelley Eskridge (353/read 213) 2002
Mmm, comfort book. One of my fav books, about a woman sentenced to solitary confinement in a virtual cell in her own mind (which is the point I started this time round). I love the evolution of her character and how being completely alone forces her to face herself.
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri (333/read 45ish) 2008
Short story collection from an excellent author who winningly captures the dichotomous nature of the emigrant experience.
The Third Domain: The Untold Story of Archaea and the Future of Biotechnology by Tim Friend (296/read 35) 2007
Archaea are microbes older than bacteria that are being discovered thriving in the most extreme environments- from volcanic vents to streams deep within icebergs. It’s a fascinating topic, but the meandering writing failed to grab me.