2. Last book I bought: Two, just received from Amazon in the nick of time for my trip to NOLA. Whispering Nickel Idols, Glen Cook's latest Garrett mystery, and Crown of Slaves, by David Weber and Eric Flint, a book set in Weber's Honorverse.
3. Last book(s) I read: The Head Game, by Roger Kahn, and The Far Side of the Stars by David Drake. Currently working on Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
4. 5 books that mean a lot to me:
a) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - This was the first chapter book I ever read, and it was my favorite book when I was seven or eight. I read it over and over. I still like it better than the movie.
b) Lord of Light, by Roger Zelazny - Perhaps my all-time favorite SF novel.
c) The Annotated Sherlock Holmes, by William S. Baring-Gould (not to mention Arthur Conan Doyle)- First of all, it's Holmes and Watson. Second, the annotations are amazing in their detail, and don't just discuss Doyle's references and such, but also include an extraordinary amount of fan analysis of the Holmes canon.
d) The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract - My first encounter with sabermetrics. It changed a lot of my notions about the game.
e) Reagent Chemicals, ninth edition, the American Chemical Society - The only book extant that lists me as a contributor.
5. Tag 5 people to do this: Wait... Where'd everybody go? Damn, I hate playing tag.