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It’s December already and in my family that means Christmas is coming!  To get my blog all caught up in the spirit of the season, my random tags for the rest of the month are going to be a little less random and more focused on the upcoming holiday.

Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?

Mistborn: The Lost Metal.  The fourth and final book in the second era Mistborn series, this one has been tragically delayed in its release.

Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing its praises?

I’ve gotten to be a big fan of Kim Stanley Robinson in the last year or so.  I am fascinated by how real and scientifically grounded his visions of the future are and am likewise in love with his politics and environmental awareness.

Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world building?

I never intend for these things to go so heavily in favor of one author or series, but Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive is the obvious choice here.  I’m thousands of pages in and still in awe of all this world has to offer.

A Christmas Carol: Favorite classic or one that you want to read?

I’ve been flirting with the idea of re-reading Dante’s Inferno for a little while now.  It probably says something about me (or perhaps the author/society) that I have little desire to reread Purgatory or Paradise.

Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas?

Since this is my wish list, I would say something from a series I love that would also look good on my shelf.  Maybe a nicely bound collection of books from say the Dune, Hyperion, or Stormlight Archive series.

Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling?

Warm and fuzzy isn’t really the type of book I tend to read, but most recently Long Way to a Small, Angry Star certainly fit this description.

Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favorite book covers?

Hyperion, Dan Simmons

I’ve found this image captivating ever since I first came across the book while working in my local library twenty or so years ago:

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72, Hunter S. Thompson

Sadly this satirical poster created by a Democratic activist to satirize the re-election campaign of Richard Nixon now seems like a mainstream Republican ad campaign: